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Jonathan to Politicians: Focus More on Devt Rather Than Bickering

President Goodluck Jonathan has again charged politicians to direct their resources and energies towards development, rather than engaging in unnecessary bickering.
He said the development of their states and constituencies should be paramount, as against  trading derogatory words.
Jonathan spoke in Katsina, Katsina State capital yesterday, shortly before inaugurating the three-lane, 48 kilometre, Katsina ring road.
The President commended Governor Ibrahim Shema for his foresight in the provision of infrastructure in the state.
According to him, politics was about the development of infrastructure as well as  creating an enabling environment for business to thrive and not about trading tackles on the pages of newspapers.
He said for completing  a massive project at a time when most states and even  the federal government are facing liquidity challenges, the governor deserved commendation.
“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 effort. 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” Jonathan said.
The President thanked the people of the state for the love they have extended to him since he became President.
Earlier, Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema praised the President on his giant strides in power, railway and water, noting  that his administration had  equally done a lot to transform the state.
The governor listed some of his achievements to include the construction of 49 roads across the state and the dualisation of seven local government roads. He said in the process of executing the projects, lot of jobs were created.
Shema disclosed that since the inception of his administration, N74 billion had been spent on road  construction. He said the road contained a drainage system, independent water system and solar powered lighting.
On ground to receive the president were the host governor, Ibrahim Shema,  Ministers of Mines and Steel Development, 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.
Others dignitaries present were the former governors, Ibrahim Ahmed Shekarau, Kano, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, Sokoto and Abdulkadir Kure, Niger.

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