- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, has called on state governors to take responsibility of developing the country
- Sanusi said development can only be driven by states government
- He, however, told the governors to encourage private investment to create jobs in their states
Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano II, on Tuesday, September 12, said every state governor has more responsibility than the federal government to develop the country because they are closer to the grassroots.
According to Vanguard, Sanusi made this known while commissioning Olam International Feed Mill Poultry.
He said: ''Development is now being driven by cities and not by the federation. Everywhere in the world now, it is the city of New York, city of Atlanta, city of Chicago, city of London, city of Paris, city of Tokyo.
''So, governors are far more important in development in Nigeria than the federal government and the only way to bring development to the grassroots is for every governor to go out internationally and locally to encourage private investment and create jobs in his state''.
Sanusi, however, lauded the efforts of governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state in encouraging investments in agriculture and urged other governors to emulate him.
He said: ''It is always a pleasure to associate with the giant stride driven by my friend, the governor of Kaduna state.
''The problem, of course, is that every time I give a speech in Kaduna, I get myself into trouble. “Nigeria has a population of 170 million.
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''In the next 20 years, we are going to have 85 million Nigerians within the ages of 20 and 40. That is more than the population of Germany, the world’s third largest economy.
''The only way we are going to provide for this mass of young men is to invest in agriculture and industry. So, this is not just about food security, it is about the security of our nation''.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the African Democratic Congress (ADC) invited Emir Sanusi to use its platform to contest for the presidency in the 2019 election.
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