Dan Sarauniya For Kano 2015: Belief Begets Continuity By Umar Y. Mukhtar
The resurgence of Kano under the Kwankwasiyya leadership is one journey that was hitherto only dreamed of, but Governor Kwankwaso chose to practically enliven that dream. A foundation for a greater Kano has been laid, and the state is now in a prime position for a major continental conquest. The behoving worry that has formed a cloud over Kano’s political space is of the persona that would shoulder the heavy baton of governance to be passed on by Kano’s political leader and mentor; Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
It is clear that the team that has undertaken such magnitude of social, economic and infrastructural overhaul in Kano is replete with extremely quality hands and brains. Also, the leader of the team, Governor Kwankwaso, is one renowned to be divinely endowed with immeasurable will and character for championing worthy causes. He has assembled a compact technical, administrative and political team which he has amazingly balanced across the various divides. From the fold of Kwankwasiyya, one sees the emergence of a Kwankwaso-like successor; one that is within a vibrant age range and is of sound intellect, with a high degree of versatility and broad understanding of penetrating and conquering the economy of Sub-Saharan Africa. Above all, one that is prepared to lead Kano through a revival of the state’s economic triangle comprising of trade & commerce, agriculture and industry.
The Kwankwasiyya leadership has established a concrete foundation for Kano’s virtual independence which must be nurtured and fuelled into fruition. Arming the citizens of Kano with unlimited opportunities for knowledge and skill as well as planting massive infrastructure as done with enormous commitment, is the fathering of greater Kano, an undisputable echelon on which Governor Kwankwaso has been placed by sheer will, courage, belief and performance. These attributes that culminate ultimately in the belief that the inherent potential of Kano can drive the Nigerian and continental economy in the next quarter of a century is apparent in the proponent of the “Kano Prosperity Framework; Roadmap to Dubai of the Sahel: A 25-Year Journey to a Global City-State”, Engr Muazu Magaji (Dan Sarauniya). It is a book that captures the deployment of Kano’s endowments and cycle of activity, harnessing every component (human and material) into an optimal level of productivity for posterity.
On belief as a critical measure of readiness and assurance for dynamic continuity, Kano needs a leader that would not give in to emotional appeal or political conveniences. Kano requires a resolute mind that would pursue the founding dream even in the thick of bewilderment and apprehension from the citizenry. It would only register to the citizens what Kano has become when the great dawn of the Kwankwasiyya dream crystallizes. Kano requires a mind that would pursue an agricultural revolution focused of canalization & interlinks for waterways, developing farm settlements & farm implement centres, storage & value addition schemes, evacuation & off-take arrangements. This holistic focus is capable of employing more than 2 million individuals into various points on the value chain while also providing a solid stream for knowledge and technology transfer across participants in the sector; these and more are widely captured in Dan Sarauniya’s strategic framework.
In the efforts towards reconnection with Kano’s history, Kano requires a firm resolve towards enhancing business culture as well as catalysing the emergence and sustainability of worthy indigenous brands that would partake in the revival of Kano’s inherent trading hub. The plan should revolve around the establishment of worthy transportation links between Kano and its inherent trade alliances, especially via air and rail for effective conveyance of passengers and economic cargo. Kano is well positioned and heavily endowed with enormous attraction (agricultural and craft) to lure merchants from across Sahelian Africa, especially with the planned optimization of the state’s agricultural potential. It is certain that as a renowned trading heritage over the ancient eras, Kano is well-positioned to restore its glory and connect seamlessly with its past as a central location for exhibition, distribution and exchange across the ancient Sahelian route which today comprises of about 9-12 sovereign nations. These and more form the crux of Dan Sarauniya’s strategic framework for Kano.
Furthermore, Kano after the attainment of peer-catch-up status will aim to compete with modern economies at the least within the confines of the African continent. This is only achievable if Kano deploys its massive human capacity with technical and operational skills into an organized industrial process deriving its key feedstock from the agricultural produce; forming an unbeatable vicious economy that would dominate and conquer the markets and economic charts in Africa. It will also enhance the standing of Kano as a major Knowledge Economy, wherefrom students may draw numerous practicable experiences that enhance local content and stimulate intellectual research on provision of technical and operational solutions. Kano requires a mind that would resolutely pursue the continuity of energy self-reliance initiatives, focusing also on provision of sources alternative to hydro and also exploring collaborative power generation for industrial, utility powering and profit-sale purposes. These and more are the futuristic focus areas of Dan Sarauniya’s strategic framework for Kano.
All over the Muslim world, after the call to prayer, comes the Iqamah and the commencement of prayer by glorification of the Almighty; over a billion and a half Muslims across different continents and different races understand this process in a similar manner, powered by shared belief. The inherent endowment of Kano to lead the economy of Sahelian Africa, buoyed by a resolute political system that firmly drives an organised process for prosperity of its citizens forms the core of shared belief between Dan Sarauniya and Governor Kwankwaso; and such firm belief begets seamless continuity. This is the basis upon which Engr. Muazu Magaji D/Tofa (Dan Sarauniya) towers over all others in the aspiration to succeed the undisputed father of modern Kano in 2015.
Umar Y. Mukhtar (UMY)
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