The Centenary Celebrations of Kaduna State continued when the State held a thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church, Kaduna on Sunday to thank the Almighty God for keeping the city for 100 years.
The Governor of Kaduna State; Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was represented at the service by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Arch. Bala Barnabas Bantex. who thanked God and the people of Kaduna for doing their best to ensure that peace and unity continue to reign in the state.
The resident pastor at First Baptist Church, Kaduna; Rev. Banjo Ajao expressed his joy that the Kaduna State Government organized a thanksgiving service to show appreciation to God as part of the centenary celebration activities.
Rev. Ajao encouraged the state government to improve the security of lives and properties of Kaduna citizens during this centenary celebrations. This would encourage more local and foreign investors to come and improve the state
Speaking on behalf of the Governor, Arch. Bantex reminded all gathered at the service that Lord Lugard who founded Kaduna in 1917 had the vision of a megacity that every Nigerian could consider as home. This is evident in the names of the places and streets of Kaduna City.
he said that the Nasir El-Rufai led administration has done its best to maintain a level of peace in the state despite the odds being stacked against them. this maintenance of relative peace is possible because of the foundation laid by late Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.
“Kaduna is one of the most vibrant cities in Nigeria. Kaduna became a place of testimony for many Nigerians and Nigeria itself. please join me in praying the almighty God to bless this city and those that live in it and prosper us all,” he implored.
“Unfortunately, Kaduna has suffered a lot as regards its economic status since 1980 due to several crises. The current administration has passed into law a master plan that would restore the state’s lost glory. The Centenary Celebrations will help us learn from the previous hundred years and plan ahead for the next hundred years,” the state deputy governor concluded.