Kano Governorship: Who does the cap fits, by Mahmud Shuaibu Ringim
NEWS DIGEST – As days to the elections of Governors and Members of State Houses of Assembly draws closer, the contest for the seat of Kano State Government House attract the attention of keen observers of the state’s politics. This becomes necessary because of the outcome of last Presidential election which NNPP won massively over all other parties beating APC which came a distant second with close to 400000 votes margin between NNPP and APC.
Undoubtedly the outcome of the inconclusive of 2019 election which gave victory to the APC brings to the fore the intensity of competition between the two parties.
This time around the personality and track records of the contestants gives an insight into their capacity and ability to deliver on their promises taking into consideration the performance of their respective parties in the last Presidential election.
It is important to point out that the contest is clearly between Kwankwasiya and Gandujiya political persuasion of Kano political variety. It is therefore right to assume that the performance of Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and that of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will be the driving force behind the choice of who gets the key to Kano State Government House.
Nonetheless the wide spread appeal of each of candidate will add value to their electoral victory. More so, they both undertake to consolidate on the achievements of their principals.
During the tenure of Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, education was a top priority of his administration followed by health care delivery and food security for the populace capped with urban renewal of Kano metropolitan city.
During the administration of Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso children of the impoverished and not well to do families were giving opportunities to acquire higher education and sponsored abroad or an option of private universities for their post graduate degrees and under graduate degrees in specialised areas.
General hospitals were built across the 44 local governments and specialised institutions in Security, Sports and Rehabilitation centres for the drug addicts were built. The administration created two state Universities and technical colleges across the states. The government established Microfinance banks in all the local governments.
In all these land mark achievement Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf did not only serve as Personal Assistant to the Governor and Commissioner of Works and Housing where he supervised and oversaw the urban renewal programme and the building of housing projects during the period he had participated in the decision making process in the council and assisted the Governor in managing the Governors office.
On the other hand, Ganduje administration succeeded in the Urban renewal and went further to ensure that Kano has strengthened it status as centre of commerce by expanding market facilities through the conversion of religious praying ground at Kofar Mata Eid praying ground, allocation of land close to cemetery, dismantling of city wall premises for shops, Daula Hotel which was serving as College of Hospitality Studies under University of Science and Technology, Wudil but it was converted into a Shopping Mall and the most recent revocation of certificate of occupancy of Kano Club’s Gulf Club for a commercial venture project.
The urban renewal Ganduje administration in which Dr Yusuf Gawuna serves as his deputy created four new emirates in an attempt of bringing people nearer to the Government as part of its rural development strategy. This is also meant to ensure that development in the state is wide spread to Emirate headquarters similar to what is obtainable in Jigawa and Bauchi States.
On Saturday 18th March the choice before Kanawa is between the two contenders who wished to continue with the legacy of their principals weighing in their ability to accomplish task and meet up to the expectation of the people.
In his wide consultation and personal visit to all the 44 local governments in the State Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf drew up his blue print and road map on how he intends to hit the ground running immediately he assumes office.
Education, health care delivery and agricultural development will be back to the saddle as priority areas. He also recognise the critical role of manufacturing in turning round the economy of the state. He stated that it pains him to see that the once robust industrial sector of Kano in Bompai, Sharada, Challawa are now littered with closed and moribund industries.
Resuscitation of the industrial sector he believed is the only get way to job creation, wealth creation and employment generation. The private sector he believes needs all the support to grow and prosper.
With his eminent background, hard work and integrity Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf believed in taking Kano to greater heights.
At this critical juncture of Kano’s history Abba Kabir Yusuf stand tall in the crowd in moving the state forward in all facets of human endeavour.
While looking into the future of the visionary leadership of NNPP administration human capital development and industrial development will continue to play a critical role in emergence of a new era in Kano
Whom does the cap fit to usher in an era of economic growth and prosperity of Kano. undoubtedly, Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf gives that leadership which is people oriented tied to economic prosperity.
HALIM Consulting Ltd