Politics Is About Development, Not Trading Words, Jonathan Insists
President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday again advised politicians in the country to focus their attention on development rather than engaging in insults and abuses.
Jonathan had recently made similar remarks when Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi and other delegates from the state paid a courtesy call on him at the State House, Abuja.
The President gave the new advise Thursday while speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the 3- lane 48 kilometers long Katsina Ring road in Katsina State.
According to him, politics is about infrastructural development and creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive and not about shouting on the pages of newspapers.
Jonathan, who is in Katsina on a two-day state visit, hailed the foresight and infrastructural drive of the Ibrahim Shema- led administration in the state.
He said: “Shema is a great supporter of the administration. He is also a great member of the party. This project is being commissioned at a time most states and even the Federal Government are lacking funds to carry out big projects.”
“I commend you for your efforts. Politics is all about development. It's not about insulting ourselves and shouting in newspapers. Politics is about providing infrastructure for the people and creating the enabling environment for business to thrive,” he said.
He thanked the people of the state for the love they have extended to him since he became President.
Speaking earlier, Governor Ibrahim Shema commended the President's efforts in developing power, railway and water, stressing that his administration has done so much to transform the state.
His administration, he said, since inception constructed 49 roads across the state and dualised 7 local government roads, while many jobs were also created during implementation of the projects.
According to him, his administration has spent N74 billion on road construction since inception.
The Commissioner for Works in the state, Abdulaziz Isa Kaita noted that the 3- lane 48 kilometers ring road was started in 2009 and completed in 2013 by the state government without borrowing any money.
The road project, he said, contained a drainage system, independent water system and solar powered lighting.
The President's plane landed at the Umaru Yara'adua Airport by 10:30am and was received by the host governor, the Minister of Mines and Steel, Musa Sada, Information, Labaran Maku, State for Works, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Agriculture, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina as well as former Minister of State for finance, Dr Yerima Ngama
Former governors, Ibrahim Ahmed Shekarau (Kano), Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Abdulkadir Kure (Niger) were also at the airport to receive the President.