Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has declared that the state will not witness the activities of armed bandits, armed robbers and ethnic clashes.
Speaking at a town Hall meeting/presentations of progress reports on his sixth anniversary in power, held in Kano on Saturday, Ganduje said his administration would continue towards achieving lasting peace and stability in the state.
According to him, as many ethnic groups found harbor in Kano, that means the state has become a mini Nigeria, pledging that his administration would continue to uphold the principle of “oneness of Nigeria”.
“We promise that everybody is an indigene of Kano State. No discrimination, no segregation. In Kano, we’re enjoying relative peace. Kano is peaceful. We will continue to well towards sustaining this peace in a way that there will be no armed robbery, no ethnic clashes, no armed banditry, no insurgency.
” Nigeria is one and in Kano, we will maintain this principle of oneness of Nigeria, because Kano is a mini-Nigeria where everybody is recognised as an indigene,” he said.
Speaking briefly after some of his Commissioners presented their reports, Ganduje said his administration has done “extremely well” in the development of education in the state, promising that his administration would continue with the free, compulsory basic and secondary education policy.
He maintained that education in Kano state is free and compulsory from primary to secondary level, adding that the most important thing is the political will which has been demonstrayed.
He further stated that another challenge is the funding, “we have paid all our counterpart funding. The UBEC counterpart funding has been paid to the letter running into billions of Naira. The Federal Government has also succeeded in paying its counterpart funding.”
According to him, the state government also established the Education Trust Fund where five percent of our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and five percent of the Local Government funds are channeled into education.
Also in health, Ganduje said apart from the Contributory Health Scheme where civil servants contribute for free medical services, “we also collect five percent of our IGR and five percent of our Local Government funds to fund the health sector.
“In order to reduce medical tourism abroad, we are building ultra modern cancer treatment center which will be the best and the biggest in the country.
“We have also isolated Corona Virus. We are also urging our people to continue to observe all the COVID-19 protocols.”
He also mentioned the creation of four additional Emirates as a major part of the achievements of his administration, which has kick-started development across the books and crannies of the state.
Ganduje said that, “we have also succeeded in empowering over one million youths in the state. We identified 25 skills in Kano. We purchased equipment and built the Dangote Ultra Modern Skills acquisition centre.
“We also engaged in general empowerment where we empower the youths, the women, tricycle operators, artisans; and many others sent to PAN in Kaduna to learn automobile skills.
“Today, we are sending another batch of 200 youth to Kaduna where they will spend one year. We are taking care of their accommodation, feeding and everything.”
Speaking earlier during his welcome address, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji, said Governor Ganduje took very seriously, the welfare of workers in the state, which culminated into a success story in this last six years where workers salary are paid as at when due.
The SSG reaffirmed that, “Kano today is adjudged the most secured state in the country.
“In Nigeria, there is no other state either in the past or present that has taken the step this government has taken to ensure the development of education.
“When President Muhammadu Buhari visited Kano to commission some of the hospitals built by this administration, he called on other governors in the country to emulate what His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is doing in Kano.
“Over one million youths, men and women have been empowered within the last six years. Ganduje has also done well in agriculture. There is no sector of human development that Ganduje has not performed creditably.
“The Ganduje’s administration has also performed creditably in the fight against COVID-19.”
In party politics, the SSG revealed that, “we have over three million members of APC in Kano which is the highest across the country. This is because our leader, the Governor is committed to the development of the state and our great party.”