He said the honour done to his deputy was a well-deserved one, adding, “she is not just celebrated today because she is a woman and a deputy governor but because she’s super smart and has great capacity.
“We shall pursue our mandate this time around with great vigour moreso that we have considered her track record.
“Peaceful coexistence and our unity in diversity are our greatest strength.
“Our responsibility is to unite all indigenes of Kaduna State toward a common ground for all and sundry to thrive,” he said.
The deputy governor and chief celebrant said she was pleased to have been considered worthy of the position reposed on her.
Mrs Balarabe urged the people to remain peace ambassadors so that the next generation would be glad of the examples laid by their predecessors, adding “we are changing the narrative and moving forward”.
She particularly expressed gratitude to Mr El-rufai for the trust and confidence reposed on her, saying “I cherish this great privilege and promise to do my very best not to let you down”.
Prof. Kabiru Mato, the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Kaduna State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, had earlier commended the presence of the governor, noting that his presence gave the Southern Kaduna a sense of belonging.
In a goodwill message, Sen. Uba Sani commended Mr El-rufai for recognising the qualities of Mrs Hadiza, adding that “the sense of unity displayed by participants at this occasion is a demonstration that we are ready to move the state forward”.
In his remark, Alhaji Muhammad Isa Muhammad, the Emir of Jema’a who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers, commended the organisers as well as the celebrant.
Mr Muhammad said the honour was well deserved, adding “it is our believe that Dr Hadiza will not disappoint the governor on the confidence reposed on her”.