Kano: It Has Been 100 Days Of Renewed and Steady Governance
Dissecting the campaign promises of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje weeks to the general election left no one in doubt of his well-spelt out policy trust anchored on human oriented and developmental initiatives, targeted at consolidating and diversifying the fortune of the state.
Having served as a deputy to the former governor and his acclaimed political godfather Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for eight years, no less is expected of Ganduje’s administration, if not surpassing the enduring legacies of his predecessor.
On assumption of duty 100 days ago, Ganduje’s assurances to build enviable industrious commercial Kano city raised hope and renewed Kano residents’ confidence and glittered their minds of brighter days ahead.
Evaluating the policy trust of Governor Ganduje in the last 100 days in office depicts his commitment and dexterity to delivering good governance.
Oblivious of the dwindling monthly revenue allocation from federal government and declining internally generated revenue in Kano, Ganduje on assumption of duty effected downsizing of ministries from 19 to 14.
The policy trust targeted to cut government excesses and blocked leakages, making civil service profoundly effective and responsive in its line of duty. The policy since its implementation has checked redundancy and laziness of the civil servants.
Adoption of Single Treasury Account by Ganduje administration in line with federal government policy speaks volumes of the state financial prudency. Also reduction of allowances of all political appointees by 50 per cent was another giant stride to be reckoned with in Ganduje’s led administration.
The decision had invariably made political appointment in Kano less attractive. Ganduje in the last 100 days has improved the welfare and salaries of social workers in charge of motherless homes and home for the aged.
For instance workers in Torrey home now have cause to celebrate for their reward is no longer in heaven. Before the present administration, the salary of these workers, majority of whom are casual staff was mere stipend.
The increase has further motivated their moral in the discharge of their duty. Chief among Ganduje’s achievements in the last 100 days in office was the assistance he brought to the doorstep of 44,000 visually impaired people in Kano.
The ministry of health had carried out operation and treatment on these people saving them from losing their sight. Over 2,000 traditional birth attendants have also benefited in a specialized clinical training aimed at strengthening their capacity in maternal care service.
Such requite training was to enhance services of the traditional birth attendants whom the pregnant women especially those in the rural communities mostly patronise.
The training would no doubt reduce the worsened cases of maternal and child mortality in the state. Retrenchment of 2,620 casual workers at the state refuse management and sanitation board (REMASAB) few weeks ago at a point when employment opportunity was at its lowest help stir public wrath.
Another move that ignited public fury was the Ganduje’s approval for the release of N180,000,00 for renovation of deputy governor’s residence. Weighing the performance of Ganduje’s administration since inauguration the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano however rated the government below expectation.
Chieftain of the party Alhaji Bello Baba Shima’u lamented that APC government in the state has failed to deliver the change promised in Kano, insisted that Ganduje’s administration has not justified confidence reposed in him in all sectors. “Take for instance workers welfare is in shamble. Civil servants no longer collect their salaries until after days into the following month.
Go and check our local government areas no single development project is taking place. The state government has stopped remitting local government allocation to them. In the area of agriculture the farmers are now crying of late disbursement of fertilizer.
The fertilizer that is supposed to have been made available to farmers since June was not there. Now we are in September when rain had already started before providing fertilizer. So if you ask me I will say I have not seen a serious, responsive and sensitive government in the last 100 days”
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