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Gov. Kwankwaso’s Silent Revolution

In the context of 100-days-in-office of state governors in the country and in relation to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, history is in the making, as the two-time governor strategizes to restore responsibility and responsiveness in governance. This standpoint however raises the question of what constitutes the direction and vision of the Kwankwaso administration, in the face of criticisms from some quarters.
But Governor Kwankwaso is still very silent about his agenda for Kano State. Our investigations revealed that the governor’s vision is to make Kano State a model state in terms of good governance, probity, transparency and accountability. This would go a long way in harnessing the human and material resources for effective services in youth and women empowerment, education, health, security, water supply, urban planning and general infrastructural development in the state.
Governor Kwankwaso and his team are working tirelessly to translate the state government’s transformation policies into reality. Dr. Yunusa A. Dangwari Kwankwaso’s chief of staff is in full control of the government house. He is vested with myriad of responsibilities ranging from co-ordination of state affairs, policy and administration issues to service delivery and good governance.
As the main link and clearing house in respect of the activities of the various segments of the state government, the office of the chief of staff has an instrumental role of ensuring convergence of all state’s political machinery for effective governance.
Keen watchers say Dr. Dangwari has truly been pushful as chief of staff and the most senior appointee and adviser to Kwankwaso in the transformation campaign of Kano State. For instance, in the healthcare the administration has reintroduced free maternal child and accident and emergency services and galvanized resources to revamp the ailing education sector through the following:
·        Access to funds from the Education Tax Fund (ETF), Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and other stake holders and donor agencies.
·        Provision of adequate funding to facilitate activities of government;
·        Re-introduction of uniform and free feeding in primary schools;
·        Provision of more infrastructural facilities throughout the state; and
·        Provision of funding for the construction of more primary and post-primary schools, classrooms for existing schools and essential increments for socio-economic development. Similarly, in the field of agriculture, Kwankwaso has a blueprint for agricultural mechanization to cope with global standards and best practices.
The Kwankwaso administration is not leaving any stone unturned in youth development and empowerment. Already, 15 training institutions established engage youths in productive activities are functional. This has led to the creation of accurate data base on youth matters. The government supports sporting and other extracurricular activities to improve the mental and physical condition of the people. Harmonization of all vocational training facilities into a common tool for effective utilization in youth empowerment programmes is also in the front burner of the Kwankwaso administration, providing 55 Hilux patrol vehicles to the police and other security agencies to enhance and sustain security of the state.
To effectively interact with the men and women on the street, the government has been organizing services between government and the people to create awareness and carry the masses along. Within the first 100 days Kwankwaso has been able to record some achievements by rehabilitating key structures of the state Viz: Government sport complex, Presidential villa, Africa House among others.
With this summary of Governor Kwankwaso’s blueprint to prove his critics wrong that his second coming would revolutionize Kano, there has been a significant change within the government as a result of the peace, tranquility and sincerity of purpose of Governor Kwankwaso.
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s 100 Days in Office
It’s more conducive for living. Replacement of non functioning air-conditioners, electrical items, worn-out carpets, furniture, bathing and toilet materials, bedding materials, television, fridge, seater, dining tables and chairs was carried out. Likewise painting as well as redecoration was effected with a view to make the house flashy and attractive. Basic items and air-conditioners are installed at places, where they were not installed, so as to make the house more habitable. The cost implication in respect of the replacements and placements is in the tune of Eleven Million Six Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Two Hundred Naira (N11, 616,200.00).
I.       General Rehabilitation of the Main Office
The main office being the office of His Excellency was made more conducive by effecting replacement of some expired or non-functioning electrical items, air-conditioners, executive roller office chair, computers, television, fridge and cabinet drawers, photocopy machine, CPU stabilizers, digital cabinet drawers and shredding machines were produced for placements is in the tune of Two Million, Four Hundred and Twenty Four Thousand, Nine Hundred Naira (N2, 424,900.00)
II.      General Rehabilitation of Government Sport Complex
The desire for having a standard play ground for exercising purpose has given impetus for the general rehabilitation of the neglected sport complex in the Government House. The complex was cleaned and re-painted to standardized requirements. All worn-out items were replaced with new ones.
III.     Rehabilitation of the Presidential Villa
The chalet 4 popularly known as ‘Presidential Villa’ was renovated by the Ministry of Works to a standard level where very important guests can be accommodated. Basic items were replaced and placed where they are required. The rehabilitation of the Villa was prompted by the conception or decision of this noble administration of not accommodating guests at hotels due to the exorbitant charges.
IV.     Rehabilitation of Nasser House
The decision of providing standard accommodation for guests has prompted the renovation of the Nasser House. The renovation is needed in the light of the fact that, there are some basic items which have to be replaced and that, repainting of the house is required. In fact, approval has been given for the general rehabilitation of the Nasser House by the Kano State Executive Council, and work has commenced.
V.      Rehabilitation of Africa House
As a move to effect renovation of the Africa House, 2 no. ten (10) tons air conditioners were procured for placement in the Main Hall of the Africa House and 5no. 5 tons air-conditioners were procured for replacement at the main hall of the Africa House in order to provide a conducive atmosphere for high level meeting with the Executive Governor. The cost implication is in the tune of Three Million, Five Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand Naira (N3, 535,000.00). In fact, approval has been given for the general rehabilitation
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