From Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto
A chairmanship candidate in the forthcoming local government election in Sokoto State, Hon Mustapha Shehu, has promised to prioritise issues of healthcare and women empowerment, among others.
Shehu, a veteran journalist and media manager is running on the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Sokoto North.
Speaking with journalists shortly after his formal presentation during the party’s zonal rally that was held on Wednesday in Sokoto, Shehu said his first assignment if elected is to revive dilapidated primary healthcare centres within the council.
Shehu noted that since the council he is seeking to govern is a cosmopolitan city, there is need to ensure that residents enjoy vital social amenities.
‘Like the issue of healthcare; my first assignment if elected is to ensure that all primary healthcare centres and cottage hospitals are revive to standard. This will reduce the pressure of out-patients in major hospitals within the state capital,’ he stated.
‘Another issue is women and youth empowerment. We intend to establish skill acquisition centres across the wards or least four center that spread within the council.’
Other issues to prioritise include provision of potable water, improvement of the council’s Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) and environmental sanitation.
He emphasised prudence and accountability would be his watchword in managing fund accrued to the Council, adding that his integrity still remains uncompromised.
Shehu commended the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, for his courageous stand against ghost workers syndrome in the state.