Friday, July 14, 2017

Ex-British PM, Tony Blair, meets El-Rufai


Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

A former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, met the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday and pledged his support for the state's effort at delivering good governance to the people of the state.

Blair said his when he played host to the governor at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna.

The former Prime Minister runs a foundation which builds capacity of government officials on good governance delivery.

Blair also met with the members of the Kaduna State Executive Council at the Governor's Office where he was briefed by the governor and members of his cabinet about the successes recorded so far by their ministries as well as their challenges.

He commended the relationship with his country and Nigeria, and how Kaduna and his foundation would work together to transform the state's public service sector for efficient service delivery and increase prosperity.

According to him, the hardest thing about governance is being able to deliver on campaign promises to the people.

He noted that his foundation was ready to provide necessary assistance to the state government whenever required.

He described the meeting with El-Rufai as an exciting opportunity to visit the country and see how governance was being run, adding that there was great goodwill and desire for the country to do perform well under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, especially in the fight against corruption.

El-Rufai said the visit of the former Prime Minister was timely as it gave him and his cabinet members opportunity to listen to Blair sharing his experience in governance.