The president said this in his address to a 16-member delegation of the Southern Kaduna Consultative forum.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday assured Nigerians of equitable distribution of Federal Government projects and appointments.
The President was speaking to a 16-member delegation of the Southern Kaduna Consultative Forum at the State House.
“I am always concerned about justice and equity, to ensure that every section of the country gets its fair share, and we will continue to do that,” he assured the delegation.
The President expressed the administration’s appreciation to the people of Southern Kaduna for their consistent support during the elections, and said no politician could fully pay back for the votes of supporters.
“We cannot pay back what you have done by voting for us”, he said.“But we are already working hard to address some of the issues you have brought to us today”.
Earlier, Vice President Namadi Sambo told the delegation that many Federal Government projects had been approved by President Jonathan in Southern Kaduna.
These include the 215MW Kudenda thermal plant for the Kaduna Industrial Area, the completion of the Gurara Dam’s 30MW plant, a 200km road, a special agricultural irrigation training school, funds from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund for Kafanchan University, as well as a new dam planned for Kauru Local Government Area.
The leader of the delegation, Zamani Lekwot, had called on President Jonathan to redress the marginalization of the zone through more equitable appointments and citing of Federal Government projects, adding that the zone had only seven of the 30 Federal political appointments in the State.
He asked for completion of road projects, power supply projects, rehabilitation of NTA Kafanchan and the establishment of a military unit within a 20km radius of Kafanchan to deter terrorists from killing innocent villagers of Southern Kaduna.
Speaking to journalists, the leader of the group said the group had come to show appreciation for what the government “is doing at grassroots level.”
“The Gurara dam project is very dear to our heart. We are proud it has become a major source of water supply to Abuja through the lower Usman Dam. Being the source of the dam, we felt like coming to thank the government for choosing that site for Gurara dam not to talk of the hydro aspect and irrigation,” he said.
He said the group also came to discuss some of the infrastructural problems, like NTA sub-station in Kafanchan which is in a comatose state.
“So we have appealed for something to be done, that our community can be on the network in order to follow government programme and international programmes,” he said.
“We have communities that need power, we also requested for something to be done about Kaduna eastern bypass which is a very key artery. Kaduna has become suddenly congested because of influx of vehicles.
“Another point we made had to do with Kaduna international airport, because of the strategy location of Kaduna being the heart of agricultural section of this part of the country, the airport is upgraded to international standard, we can start exporting agricultural produce to the international market. When that time comes the whole nation’s economy will benefit.
“All in all we came to join the train of other supporters of government so that our own community like other can benefit from national cake” he said.
Speaking on insecurity which is affecting the economy of the north, the leader of the delegation said, “to be very honest with you, it is a complex problem which the government through its appropriate agencies is handling.”
“Mr. President has already hit the nail on the head which is dialogue, dialogue is the best medicine. I also believe in dialogue, no matter the grievances we should table those grievances at the table of discussion and since the nitty gritty is being handled by the security agencies I will not have anything else to add. I support the government’s stand,” he said.