How Ganduje Transformed Kano In 3 Years
By Yakubu Salisu A, Kano
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state on Tuesday, said that his administration has done tremendously great in the last three years it came into office.
Ganduje who spoke during a grand anniversary/town hall meeting to celebrate his three years in office said that, “the policy direction of the administration is predicated on continuation, consolidation, fine tuning of on-going critical infrastructural projects embarked upon by the previous administrations and to further initiate more people oriented policies and programs for the overall development of of our dear state.”
According to him, the administration in its effort to complement the dwindling monthly grant allocated to the state from the Federation Account, reformed the State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) for improved revenue generation.
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The Governor further revealed that his administration has made a giant stride in the agricultural sector describing it satisfactory, owing to the effort to enhance food sufficiency and farmers’ commitment.
Notable amongst such achievements include; Sponsorship of 60 children of Fulani herdsmen to undergo artificial insemination training at Turkey, Provision of sum of N100 million soft loan to rice/wheat farmers to acquire seeds for improved production, Resuscitation of KASCO to sufficiently meet farmers’ fertilizer demand. “KASCO has been producing fertilizer for internal consumption of local farmers and other states.” Employment of 729 women and youth as Agricultural Extension Workers, Distribution of 5,000 water pumps for irrigation farmers, Construction of 1000 tube wells across Fadama sites in the state and Support to the Food Security Situation Analysis Project (CADRE HARMONIZE) through provision of office/project vehicle among others.
Also, that, the administration has done well in the area of education by Completing all capital projects at Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, with emphasis on the completion of the construction of lecture halls and laboratories to meet the accreditation requirements of the university, Rehabilitation of primary and secondary schools classroom blocks, building of libraries, sinking of boreholes, provision of over 15,000 pupils’ furniture and instructional materials etc. Establishment of Education Promotion Committee (EPC) both at the state level and in all the 44 local government areas. The committee was able to use the fund allocated to it to rehabilitate 490 blocks consisting of 981 classrooms, one block of two classrooms, provided 7,915 3-seater desks and various instructional materials. Construction of 348 new Classrooms including provision of 6,960 sets of equipment across the State,Conversion of SIS Rogo into GGASS Boarding school, Repairs and renovation works and provision of 1,800 sets of equipment at 45 Schools, Repairs and renovation of dilapidated Classrooms at GGASS Albasu, Repairs and renovation of fire damaged structures in 8 affected Schools, such as Jogana GGSS, D/TofaScience, Kwankwaso
Upon inception into office, Ganduje administration focused on preventive approach to health care delivery system. This approach is mainly to reduce the prevalence of common killer diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Polio, Malaria and dysentery to mention a few. The programme of Routine Immunization also got top priority to protecting our children from preventable disease. The service of Environmental Health Workers (Duba Gari) is also invigorated to be more functional at all times.
Another achievement recorded in this sector was the training of 1,936 Traditional Birth Attendants on Effective Maternal Health Care Services. Each traditional birth attendant was provided with a certificate and sanitary kits.
Free Eye Care Programme conducted during which at least 44,000 patients across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state benefited, 51,200 people collected drugs, 10,000 received eye medicated glasses, 541 underwent Trachoma surgery and 2,504 had cataract surgery as well as the completion of the two inherited uncompleted hospitals at Zoo Road and Giginyu among others.
Under commerce, trade, industry and tourism, the administration has also recorded tremendous progress and achievements some of which include; partnership arrangement between Kano state government and Bank of Industry in support of small and medium enterprises scheme to enhance commercial and industrial programmes in the state.
It also rehabilitated 1,500 capacity theatres and 12 toilets at Kano State Tourism Board to upholding the administration’s obligation in improving tourism in Kano State.
Other achievements in this sector include: Facilitating the conversion of Tiga IDC into a World Class Leather processing cluster in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry under 60-40 arrangement. The Cluster is expected to provide more than 5,000 direct and indirect jobs to indigenes of Kano, Facilitating the establishment of Tie and Dye Cluster at Kwachiri,Sponsorship of 1,250 youth for entrepreneurship training under a special arrangement of Entrepreneurship Development Centre Northwest funded by Central Bank of Nigeria among many others.
The Ganduje administration has recorded significant number of achievements in all its ministries in these past three years in office.