El-Rufai, who was sworn in for a second four-year term in Kaduna recently, apologised to the people of the state for the decisions his newly sworn in administration will take.
He said, “The challenges confronting us are numerous and they are hard. But if we do our job well, we will solve them with your help, support and prayers. We will continue to take very difficult and sometimes painful decisions. We ask your understanding and forgiveness in advance.
“With your support and prayers, we will not waver in supporting ordinary people to attain their aspirations. We will continue our tradition of cooperation with the other arms of government in the service of our people,” he said.
The governor called for peaceful coexistence in the state, saying there would be no development without peace.
The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory added, “Ours is the government of everyone who lives in Kaduna State.
“I call on every resident of Kaduna State to join hands with us in the hard tasks that lie ahead. Back in March we all made our democratic choices, and freely expressed our preferences.
“Whatever our partisan affiliation and however we might have voted, we are all compatriots and fellow citizens,” he concluded
Further more, El-Rufai announced the extension of maternity period for women in the civil service from three to six months, the extension of maternity leave for working class mothers in the state from three months to six months is to promote exclusive breastfeeding, considered crucial to children’s healthy growth and development.