Abuja â€” President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, told political leaders in the country that politics was about infrastructure development and creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, not trading insults in the media.
He stated this in Katsina where he is on a two-day visit to commission some projects executed by the Governor Ibrahim Shemaâ€™s administration.
The President, who commissioned the three-lane 48-kilometre Katsina Ring Road, hailed the foresight and infrastructure drive of the governor, saying he deserved commendation for completing such a massive project at a time of paucity of funds.
â€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 lack funds to carry out big projects.
â€I commend you for your efforts. Politics is all about development. Itâ€™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,â€ the President said.
He expressed appreciation to the people of the state for the love and cooperation he had enjoyed since he took over as President.
Speaking earlier, Governor Ibrahim Shema commended the Presidentâ€™s efforts in power, railway and water, saying that his administration had also done a lot to transform the state.
The governor revealed that since inception, his administration had constructed 49 roads across the state and dualised seven local government roads at the cost of N74 billion.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works in the state, Abdulaziz Kaita, noted that the three-lane, 48-kilometre Ring Road was started in 2009 and completed in 2013 by the state government without borrowing.
The commissioner said the roads had proper drainage system, independent water system and solar powered lighting.
President Jonathan was earlier received at the Umaru Yaraâ€™adua Airport, Katsina 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 Lawan Yerima Ngama
Former governors, Ibrahim Ahmed Shekarau, Kano, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, Sokoto and Abdulkadir Kure, Niger were also on ground.