A member of the House of Representatives, representing Zangon Kataf/ Jaba Federal Constituency, Hon Sunday Marshall Katung has distributed fertilizer to farmers.
Katung during the distribution, called on the management as well as the Kaduna State government to reopen the three institutions of higher learning based in Southern Kaduna.
Elanza News reports that the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University, College of Education Gidan Waya, College of Nursing Kafanchan all in Southern Kaduna have been closed by the government.
Even though the government raised an allegations of what it described as ‘security concern’ the campus of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in which the KSCOE is using for it Bachelor Degree in Education programme is having its programmes running.
Responding to questions from journalists in Zonkwa on Friday during the distribution of thousands of bags of fertilizers to farmers in his constituency, Katung urged the school management to reopen the institutions in other not to jeopardised the future of the youth.
He reiterated the fact that the people of his constituency and Southern Kaduna generally are farmers adding that agriculture is the main stay of the economy.
“Agriculture in Southern Kaduna is done both for subsistence as well as commercial purposes. It is in that regards therefore that i decided to alleviate the suffering of the farmers by assisting in the provision of fertilizer,” Katung said.
He maintained that as an individual he cannot provide enough for everyone’s satisfaction but added that he will continue to do his best to assist including other areas of importance.
On the closure of higher institutions in Southern Kaduna, Katung insisted that even though there were some initial security concerns to justified it, added that the continued closure of tertiary institution in Southern Kaduna up to this time is unacceptable.
He mentioned Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states where even though insurgency was at its peak, higher institutions of learning were not closed.
“If that is the case then there is no reason why the situation in Kaduna should be different especially with the relative peace we are experiencing now,” Katung said.
He insisted that failure to reopen the institutions as soon as possible and without concrete reasons will create suspicion as well as unnecessary tension in the area which is not healthy.
On the issue of the relocation of the Kaduna State University Kafanchan Campus to Kaduna, Katung said they have been assured by the authorities that it was a mere temporary measure and that students will revert to status quo in due cause.
Katung said it is on record that KASU was created by an act of the Kaduna State House of Assembly as a two Campus University with Kaduna and Kafanchan as the Campuses.
He said an executive fiat relocating the Kafanchan campus permanently to Kaduna will be null and void.
He called on the people of his constituency and Southern Kaduna generally to be calm, peaceful and law abiding as himself and other colleagues in the National Assembly as well as other stakeholders are on top of the matter.
He commended the Kaduna State Government for restoring relative peace so far in Southern Kaduna and urged the government to be more proactive rather than reactive to matters of security.
Katung added that as a legislator, his primary responsibility is to enact laws that will trigger development, both human and physical as well as proving other dividends of democracy to his immediate constituency and the country at large.
,He also promised not to fail in his key responsibility adding that it is work in progress which more results will be coming out in phases as time goes on.
A cross section of people interviewed during the event unanimously applauded Katung and called on other members to emulate him.