The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Kaduna state, Hon. Isa Mohammed Ashiru, has promised the state’s students that he will lower the tuition they pay at state-owned tertiary institutions.
Ashiru made this statement on Wednesday in Kaduna during a discussion for governor sponsored by the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Both the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Uba Sani, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Senator Sule Hunkuyi, were present in the debate.
Reuben Buhari, the communications director for the Ashiru campaign organization, issued a statement in which the PDP candidate emphasized that given the current difficulty in the state, the current Mallam Nasir el-rufai administration in Kaduna should not have burdened parents of pupils with higher school fees.
The former member of the House of Representatives added that governor el-removal rufai’s of numerous district chiefs, increasing unemployment, and increased poverty all contributed to the status of Kaduna’s security issues. These district chiefs, in his own words, “are closer to the people in the rural areas.”
One method of addressing the state’s insecurity is through engaging them. But when they are absent, a void results,” he remarked. He pledged to reconsider the removal of the traditional chiefs once he was governor.
Ashiru continued by stating that he will also establish a Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa General Hospital in Kafanchan, Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, and Hajia Gambo Sawaba General Hospital in Zaria all have specialized diagnostics centers.
This, he said, would ensure that patients learn what is wrong with them as a first step in their recuperation from a medical condition.
Ashiru has pledged to improve the delivery of medical services and infrastructure while hiring additional doctors to reduce the state’s doctor-to-patient ratio.
He also discussed problems including improving agriculture, combating insecurity, and promoting unity within the state.
The three contenders responded to audience and moderator questions throughout the three-hour discussion.