Governor Ganduje And The Question Of Cost Of Governance By Adnan Mukhtar Adam TudunWada
During the swearing in of his commissioners at Sani Abacha Indoor Hall, Governor Ganduje reiterated his agenda of reducing the cost of governance, that he said will enable him to run an effective and transparent government, in view of the dwindling revenue from the federation account, the governor said verbatim:
“There must be some element of political and economic fasting, I think we must fast before the month of Ramadan.”
The need to cut the cost of governance will help in boosting the internally generated revenue alongside other measures. In his resolve and commitment to meet this, he reduced the number of ministries from 19 to 14, but it is rather unfortunate with the way things are going especially on the way unnecessary appointments were made, I don’t expect such from someone with an agenda of reducing the cost governance, such appointments include;
PA to APC women leader, who is not an employee of the government of Kano, to be paid out of the state resources at this era where the state is grappling with liabilities (if you like debt), this is the most insensitive appointment so far made and the government is yet to give a convincing address on it.
Special Adviser on inter party affairs while we have a political adviser to the Governor, isn’t that a duplication of duty, what role is he going to play?
Senior special assistant on islamiyya after having a religious adviser in place, is islamiyya not part of religious affair?
Senior special assistant on auto mobile is also appointed, I don’t know what role he is going to play, at this era which the state is grappling with debt, there is no need of such an appointment by the Governor, the same thing goes to the special assistant on lafiya jari after having an existing structure of lafiya jari from state, local government and ward level, is it not a waste of resources?
Special assistant on economic affairs after you have an economic adviser, this and many more appointments by Ganduje make his agenda of reducing the cost of governance questionable.
Other unnecessary appointments that made me to lose confidence in the government agenda of reducing cost of governance is the appointment of a special adviser on special duties while a directorate for special duties headed by a retired army colonel exists, special adviser on mobilization is ridiculous and does not mean serious to me, Ok mobilization on what? Is it a political party? Let the Governor know that there is different between a political party and a government, the best way to mobilize for your government is through the fulfilment of campaign promises to your people, that will enable you of having a massive and grassroot mobilization support. During your campaign is it through this office that you mobilized? Just work for your people but in this it is a waste of the tax payer money.
Another disappointing appointment is the special adviser on federal institutions who is to be based in Abuja, this is the most ridiculous appointment by Ganduje, he is to based in Abuja, is this a new office or has it been in existence? Does this appointment sounds serious at this era of dwindling economy and the agenda of cutting the cost of governance? My Governor must be serious in putting his words to action, this appointment was made to please the appointee may be because of his immense contributions in the campaign in which he cannot be left without being compensated with an Abuja based appointment.
The special adviser on internally generated revenue was appointed after which an executive chairman for the state board of internal revenue and his directors exist, the chairman of such a board can advice the governor on internally generated revenue matters without having a special adviser, this will help in reducing the cost of governance
One place I came to realize that the government is not determined to meeting this agenda of reducing the cost of governance is the appointment of senior special assistant public affairs 1 and 2, if the governor is serious he could have make one not two people with the same designation, this is a duplication of duty and this agenda of cost of governance remains questionable in the minds of the good people of Kano, Special Assistant on media is also a waste of resources while the governor has a press secretary, SSA public affairs, SSA social media and Director General media and communications all to be paid out of the tax payers money, chai! I shook my head on this.
Despite this, the Governor must be commended in his effort to boosting the state internally generated revenue considering the measure taken on ground, the removal of free education by giving it a subsidy is a commendable job as it will help towards the smooth conduct of our schools before the intervention of government, I don’t buy into the idea of free education because it has not yield into expectation, it has become an obstacle into the running of our schools smoothly, the overheads paid by the government to our schools is not that enough but I must challenge the soft attitude of Ganduje, it is quite unfortunate with the way his orders are disrespected, some citizens failed to stick and abide by your decisions, take the issue of private schools not abiding by the state government directive to close down schools together with the public ones, an order was given to close their schools in the last ten days of Ramadan instead they refused and continue with their normal business, after the sallah break your directives to all schools to resume back also proved abortive especially by the private ones instead they went on air criticizing and tarnishing the image of your administration, can they do that to your predecessor? NO!
On the case of sodomy at Hassan Ibrahim Gwarzo Secondary School, your government closed down the school, I must commend your immense effort on this but the issue of transferring the final year students to Andal Science Academy, Nigerian Turkish and Intercontinental schools to write NECO and WAEC at a staggering amount of more than 40 million is unfortunate, this decision for the sake of transparency and good governance should therefore be reversed, we have other good schools that will accommodate them at a low cost, we have good public schools like Governors college, Rumfa College and Day Science etc, why the expensive private schools? and to be paid out of the tax payer money at a time when you didn’t settle the NECO, WAEC and Qualifying examinations fees in our public schools.
Some of the actions taken by your government are unfortunate and sometimes ridiculous, it portrays your administration in a very bad light at this time the state is dabbling with huge debts (if you like liabilities).
Ganduje must wake up from this slumber before it is late, you were just sworn in seven months back and I believe this mess can be corrected.
TudunWada is a public affairs commentator, advocate for good governance and youth inclusion in politics.