Ex-NSPMC MD joins Katsina guber race, says education topmost priorities


By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina

The immediate past Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Limited Plc, Alhaji Abbas Masanawa, one of the governorship aspirants in Katsina State under the All progressive Congress (APC), says if elected Katsina Governor, education would be his topmost priorities.

He disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina over his intention to contest for the governorship position in the state.

He said “What to expect from me if God answers our prayers, education, which is the bedrock of development; it will be vigorously pursued to ensure functional and widely accessible educational system at all levels.

“Education is cardinal to human development and security. Thus,
heavy investment in education is non-negotiable in Katsina State.

“We shall vigorously pursue rural and agricultural development, youth and women empowerment, poverty alleviation and entrepreneurial development.

“Comprehensive Health Care delivery, infrastructural
development, job creation, skills acquisition, renewable energy and information communication
Technology development.

“We are deeply committed to doing much more to our people. We would be unveiling our comprehensive blueprint for ‘Peace, Progress and Development’ in Katsina state at the appropriate time.

“We would also be unveiling our programme of events for political and other engagements soon.” Masanawa said.

Masanawa, before now was the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company Limited Plc (NSPMC), further revealed that security too will be his topmost priority if he becomes the governor of the state.

“I wish to inform you that my decision to contest for this office under the platform of APC is predicated by my very strong desire to give a credible, dynamic, effective and people-oriented governance.

“That is anchored on, the basic democratic principles of
accountability, transparency and good governance.

“We intend to build on the successes, recorded by the current administration in the State under the able leadership of Gov. Aminu Masari.” He said.

Masanawa said that he is fully mindful of, and well-prepared to frontally face the heavy burden and huge responsibilities that come with the office of the governor, particularly that of Katsina with security challenges.