Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, has accused his predecessor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, of squandering N10 billion on the Kaduna new Government House complex.
Speaking yesterday at the opening of the Kaduna State Healthcare Summit, El-Rufa’i said that the money should have been channelled towards the development of the health sector and what he described as other critical areas.
Lamenting that the state has the second highest HIV prevalence in Nigeria, El-Rufa’i noted further that only 36 per cent of mothers have the benefit of receiving adequate healthcare.
He described the development as unacceptable, the governor pledged that his administration would seek vast improvement in healthcare outcomes for the people.
According to the governor, “Our goal is to deliver for Kaduna State citizens better health and longer life expectancy, and in this quest we seek results that will place our state in the top tier for healthcare delivery.
“We seek this vast improvement in healthcare outcomes for our people because the present situation is unacceptable.
“Current coverage of measles vaccine is 56%, reflecting a dismal immunisation coverage for 12-23 month-olds of only 35 per cent.