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I Copied Aregbesola’s Programme Shamelessly, Says El-Rufai

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The Executive Governor of Kaduna State Mallam El-Rufai says he copied social programmes implemented by a former governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola.

El-Rufai disclosed this on Saturday during a virtual colloquium to mark Aregbesola’s 63rd birthday anniversary.

Nasir El-Rufai
Nasir El-Rufai

Aregbesola was the governor of Osun State from 2010-2018

The Kaduna governor said he is shameless to admit that he copied Aregbesola’s programme, adding that “you don’t need to reinvent the wheel or be too proud.”

“He did many innovative things to create prosperity in Osun and the results are clear.

“By the time I got elected as governor, I sent a team to Osun state to look at some of these policies and adjust them for implementation in Kaduna.

“I like copying whatever works, whatever succeeds because I don’t think you need to reinvent the wheel or be too proud.

“If something works, I am shameless in copying it and I sent a team to Rauf, they spent some time with him and we started the school feeding programme. We also introduced these tablets the way he did. We copied Rauf.”

El-Rufai also blamed the disruption of the programme in Osun to the backdrop in crude oil price.

“He could not stop the programmes so he kept borrowing to fund them hoping that something would happen with oil prices. The legacy of domestic debt that he left behind is as a result of funding social programmes to reduce poverty and inequality which have been very successful but were disrupted.”

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