Dear Governor Ganduje We Will Not Take It By @Abdulhari108
There has been positive reports about the first 100 days of President Muhammadu Buhari from various quarters of the country. Nigerians seem to be optimistic with the progress and prospect of president Buhari. Despite this, it is pertinent to note that attention shouldn’t be focused on federal level alone as our state governors and even local government are expected to be closer to the people than the President himself. As a matter of fact, if you have a good president and a bad gov ernor, you are still not goof for it.
Although, it may be early (not too early) to judge the performance of any Governor now but the early signs kano people are seeing now is not pointing to the right direction, especially considering the achievement of the preceding administration. Few months ago, Kano state compared to other states in the north was like was that smart friend we had in high school that our parents used to taunt us with because of his brilliance and academic dexterity. It was a model state for other states in the north to emulate. The administration of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso ensured that Kano became a template of growth and development for other states to follow.. Even a pessimist will shower a well-deserved encomiums to the last administration for its giant stride that transformed the state..
The state became a giant construction site,existing roads were expanded,link roads were constructed,bridges and tunnels were built. Some sort of state of emergency was declared in the education sector(though not official sector) as almost all the entire system was overhauled from the physical structure to manpower. More importantly, students were sent outside the country to further their education under the state government scholarship scheme.
In a nutshell,the face of Kano changed within the single tenure of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Thus it is more like a rocket science that Kanawas overwhelmingly voted for his second in command in the person of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, hoping that he will continue in same direction and even add Valor to the red cap revolution of his predecessor and former boss. This is of course considering that he was part of the team that achieved all the aforementioned.
To the admiration of everyone during electioneering campaign, Dr. Ganduje promised to complete all ongoing projects and build on what the past administration started. Four months after his take off, we are still basking in the glory of the former administration.
It is very perplexing to know that all this administration and it’s foot soldiers have been trying to do is to blame the past administration for its own inability to do anything so far. All we have been hearing is that the past administration left a huge pile of debt,uncompleted projects,unsettled scholarships,etc. I wonder if his Excellency was not a part of the past administration he is trying to slate.
The state as I write is in a mess as refuse dumps have taken over the major roads within the metropolis. As I pen this piece with dismay, there is a heap by the perimeter fence of the Emir’s palace close to Gidan koguna. There are also two heaps along Sabon Titi, while there is another behind Ado Bayero mall. Sabon Gari and environs have become an eyesore. Is this the continuity his Excellency promised us?
It took the special grace of God for me to get home about two weeks ago from Zaria road when it rained. The rain fell for approximately an hour but almost all the roads within the city got submerged because all the drainages were blocked. A proactive government would have launched a programme to clear the drainages and construct new ones where needed. There is need also to embark on a serious sensitization programme on the dangers of blocking drainages and throwing dirt on the road. We also expected that the government will as well come up with punitive measures for defaulters but mum was the word from them not to talk of action.
It’s really unfortunate that our hearts now skip whenever there is a downpour. Even Kwankwaso would be disappointed to see what he worked for, going down the drain. For how long are we going to continue this way?
The state is littered with uncompleted projects and very little or nothing is being done to complete these projects. What we rather see are visits to selected sites with picture snapping and pronouncement making.. No further action is taken and nothing seems to be happening.
There is this general belief in town already that his Excellency got to the government house unprepared. The way things are going, this perceived believe may just be true as the current government lacks policy or economic direction. They are rather fixated on the actions and inaction of the past administration.
The past administration left a politically conscious and vibrant state. Unlike before, people are not only concerned about who is occupying the government house but also what the occupant is doing to move the state forward,whether he is using the state’s resources judiciously. This is my dispassionate observation of the current administration, as for whom much is given, much is expected. The result of hard work is more work.
Sadly,Kano is slowly going back to the trenches,YOUR EXCELLENCY SIR,WE WILL NOT TAKE IT!