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Published On: Mon, Nov 5th, 2018

Why I pick Hadiza Balarabe as running mate – El Rufai

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai has said the choice of Dr. Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate was a continuation of his deliberate policy of promoting women.
The spokesman of the governor, Samuel Aruwan stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to Aruwam, there are five female commissioners in Mallam El-Rufai’s 14-person cabinet, a feat not attained even by governors that had much larger cabinets.
“This is the first time in the history of Kaduna State that a major political party will select a woman as running mate.”
Hadiza Balarabe, a Muslim, is Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency. She is from Sanga Local Government Area in the Christian dominated Southern part of Kaduna State.
The incumbent Deputy Governor, Mr. Barnabas Bala, has opted to contest the Southern Kaduna senatorial election in 2019.
The statement said since her appointment in February 2016, as the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Balarabe has helped in revitalising the primary health care delivery in the state.
The statement added that as the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, “she has overseen the Kaduna State Government’s programme to revitalize and strengthen primary health care as the core of health service delivery in the state.”
“Under her watch, the state is renovating and equipping 255 primary health centres with tools to assist better antenatal services and safer delivery. The agency has also helped expand vaccine coverage to protect children across the state.
“Prior to joining the Kaduna State Government, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe was Director of Public Health in the FCT. She studied Medicine at the University of Maiduguri, and graduated in 1988.
“She was a Senior Registrar at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital before joining the services of the FCT in 2004.”
Before the nomination of Balarabe, rumours of el-Rufai’s Muslim-Muslim ticket had been trending for sometimes, with some government officials dismissing it as mischievous and blackmail by opposition.

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