A member of the house of reps representing Jaba and Zango kataf constituency of Kaduna State Hon Sunday Marshall Katung aka SMK has called on the management as well as the Kaduna state Government to re-open the 3 institutions of higher learning based in southern Kaduna namely ;
1. Kaduna State University Kafanchan Campus
2. College of Education Gidan waya
3. College of Nursing Kafanchan.
Hon SMK while responding to questions fielded by journalist in Zonkwa on Friday 2nd June 2017 on the occasion where he distributed thousands of bags of fertilizers to farmers in his constituency (Jaba /Zangon Kataf ) reiterated the fact that the people of his constituency and southern Kaduna generally are farmers. Agriculture is the main stay of the economy and it is done both for subsistence as well as commercial purposes. It is in that regards therefore that he decided to alleviate the suffering of the poor farmers in his constituency by assisting in the provision of fertilizer. He maintained that as an individual he cannot provide enough for everyone’s satisfaction ,but would continue to do his best to assist in these and other areas of importance .
On the closure of schools (Higher institutions)in southern Kaduna ,Hon SMK insisted that even though there were some initial security concerns that justified the closure of the institutions in the first place which was understandable ,the continued closure to this time is unacceptable,he mentioned Yobe,Borno and Adamawa states where insurgency is at its peak and yet higher institutions of learning are still in session. If that be the case then there is no reason why the situation in Kaduna should be different especially with the near relative peace we are experiencing now .He insisted that failure to open this institutions as soon as possible 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, He 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. Meanwhile he 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 ,hence 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 his colleagues in the National assembly as well as other stakeholders are on top of the matter and other issues alike expecting a very positive outcome as soon as possible.
He commended the Kaduna state Government for restoring relative peace so far in Southern Kaduna while employing them to be more proactive rather than reactive ,to matters of security so that peace would be permanently restored in Southern Kaduna particularly and Kaduna state at large.
He concluded that as a legislator ,his primary responsibility is to enact laws that will trigger development ,both human and physical as well as other dividend of democracy to his immediate constituency and the country at large ,he promised not to fail in his key responsibility as most of his activities are work in progress and the results will be coming out in phases as time goes on.
A cross-section of people interviewed during the event unanimously applauded the Hon Member and wished others holding people’s mandate would emulate him.