Kano Unity Forum has on Thursday raised eyebrows against Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje following his intention to obtain colossal loan from the Republic of China amounting to N828 billion for mono rail project in the state.
Kano Unity Forum is a conglomerate of over 15 Kano based local and specialized civil society organizations.
In a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Thursday, the concerned union revealed that Governor Ganduje has resolved to obtain the loan from China Development Bank to execute the project within the state’s metropolis.
The statement signed by the President of the association, Alhaji Bashir Tofa alleged that loan process is ambiguous, hazy and has transparency deficiency, adding that “nobody else knows the terms and conditions of the loan agreement”.
“The nature of the loan portfolio is equally suspicious: Is The loan to be repaid directly by KNSG or are the Chinese constructing the project on Built, Operate and Transfer basis?. As critical contributors to economic growth and development, the KANO UNITY FORUM, demands full disclosure of loan agreement details. As citizens, we will employ the Freedom of Information act for this purpose.” The statement said.
The Forum however threatened to take legal actions against Ganduje to stop the Light Rail project which according to them was not what people of Kano need.
“We would not give any self-serving politician the latitude to increase poverty and deprivation within the general public through ill-conceived public works. If necessary, we shall immediately engage a technical team of consultants to thoroughly review all components of the Kano deal and compare it with similar Chinese projects in other Cities of the world to find its true cost.”
The union expressed regret that Ganduje’s administration lacks transparency and negligence toward prioritizing Agriculture, Education, Skills Acquisition, Youth and Women Empowerment, Industrial and Commercial Infrastructure for the benefit of the citizens.
“…based on the analysis of the present indebtedness of Kano Sate as provided for by the Debt Management Office (DMO) Nigeria, it is extremely difficult, almost impossible for Kano State to sustain any indebtedness beyond the current liability portfolio of the state.” The statement said.
PRIME TIME NEWS learnt that the Forum tasked Ganduje to provide two – three sets of school uniform to all primary school pupils in Kano estimated at 3.7 million, reconstruct and refurbish and fence all the schools to enhance their security and convenience, fully equip General Hospitals across the state among other social and infrastructural needs.