The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has said Nigerians are groaning under serious hunger and poverty and therefore unable to meet their basic needs.
He stated this on Sunday during the launch of his interactive forum in Nasarawa, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis.
“We know that Nigerians are facing hunger, no money for school fees and no jobs,” the senator said while addressing the residents of the area during the event tagged “Street Parliament.”
A chieftain of the APC in Kano, Hussaini Mairiga, had recently said President Muhammadu Buhari who assumed power last year had failed because Nigerians were undergoing unprecedented hardship.
Mr. Sani, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, however blamed the hardship Nigerians are currently facing on the 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party’s rule.
The lawmaker, who received complaints from residents about the terrible condition of the road leading to the area, poverty, joblessness and lack of portable drinking water, regretted the neglect of the community by government, noting that “it is as if this community is not in Kaduna.”
He however assured the residents that the APC-controlled state government would redress the ugly situation.
“But it is not our (APC) fault. For the past 16 years, the PDP government did not do anything to you, but this present government will do something for your community,” he said.
Mr. Sani also told residents of the area, most of who are former workers of the numerous textile companies in Kaduna that the federal government had earmarked N50 billion to revive the moribund textile industries.
He said during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan about N70 billion was given to some people he did not name to revive the textile industry but that they squandered the money.
According to him, the current federal administration had already earmarked N50 billion to revive the textile sector.