By EMMA UJAH
THE people of the Katsina South Senatorial District have petitioned Gov. Ibrahim Shema over what they described as the high level of their marginalization by the state government.
The Movement for the Creation of Karaduwa State, in the petition said none of the seven federal and state tertiary institutions in the state was located in Katsina South.
In fact, a table attached to the petition showed that all seven institutions are located in Katsina Central Senatorial District, with Katsina city having five , while Dutsima, a town of 50 KM from Katsina town has two.
The petition which was signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Movement, Sen. M. T. Liman and Abubakar Maidanja Ibrahim, says in part. “The socio-political implication of neglecting other districts may in the long run be detrimental to the peace and progress in the state. In a situation where one district is seen to be favoured by government thr.ough actions that are clearly distinguishable ultimately brings discontent in the mirlds of the people …
“Your Excellency, governance is about equity; Katsina South Senatorial District Area covers 9,280.30 square kilometers with a population of 1,899,885 (One Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Eighty Five) people as at 2006 national census. The area is blessed with human, agricultural and mineral resources. In spite of all these, the district is deprived and marginalized in many critical sectors of the economy. Katsina South Senatorial District can only boast of School of Mid-Wifery in Malumfashi and a School of Remedial and Basic Studies in Funtua; none of which is even a Diploma avv.arding Institution.
“It is in the light of the above and in order to ensure fairness and equity, we are appealing to you to reconsider your earlier decision by relocatin’g the site of the new Federal University to Katsina South Senatorial District. We are ·confident that His Excellency will consider our appeal.”
Copies of the petition were sent to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, Minister of Education and Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly among others.
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Katsina South cries out over marginalization