KWANKWASO’S UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

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By Mahmood Baba Ahmed
I was among a select group of senior Nigerian print journalists
invited by the Kano State Government to undertake a specially arranged
tour to numerous sites in the metropolis of the ancient city of Kano
to inspect the monumental achievements and imposing developmental
projects of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. We were extremely humbled
by the high quality of the assortment of works that sprung up on vast
expanse of the landscapes of the municipality as well as in the
countryside. The impressive projects, juxtaposed between the
antiquated buildings and other amenities were clear testimony of
Kwankwaso’s unparalleled achievements in his quest to foster rapid
development in an ever-expanding city and to also better the living
condition of its teeming populace.
Unlike my colleagues, I was not particularly filled with wonder by
those astonishing developments recorded by Governor Kwankwaso, having
lived and worked in Kano for almost a decade. I was familiar with the
projects undertaken by various military and civilian administrations
but none had matched the zeal and accomplishments of Governor
Kwankwaso during his second coming as a governor in the last forty-two
month. In fact what had overwhelmed me was the thought that continued
to agitate my mind as to what the previous governors had been doing in
a state that was in a hurry to develop.
It is instructive to note that within a short span of time and the
scanty resources at his disposal, Governor Rabi’u has actually
redeemed his electoral pledges and has established a record that could
hardly be equaled let alone surpassed. That was despite the numerous
disabling problems he inherited on taking over in 2011 which included
collapsed and derelict infrastructure and the pervasive decay of most
facilities and low morale in the civil service. To rectify these
apparent anomalies Governor Kwankwaso hurriedly cancelled security
vote to block leakages, improved revenue generation base from
N400million to 1.8 billion monthly, cut recurrent expenditure
drastically, including salaries of the Governor and his Deputy as well
as that of top government functionaries thereby saving up to
500million monthly. He also avoided frivolous expenditure by
government ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs. He also
increased capital expenditure higher than the recurrent expenditure to
enable his government execute more developmental projects. He
instituted transparency and accountability in governance by
publicizing the activities and resolutions of Kano State Executive
Council through paid advertisements in prominent national dailies.
By so doing, Governor Kwankwaso was able to rationalize the system of
paying salaries so as to make it more efficient simply by simplifying
and modernizing it through conducting bio-metric and human resources
data capture in order to eliminate ghost-worker phenomenon. As a
result he now pays salaries on the 25th of each month promptly,
including the minimum wage of N18, 000 since June 2011 and
successfully jacked lowest pension emolument from paltry 135 Naira to
5,000 Naira monthly.
Broadly speaking, Governor Kwankwaso has recorded landmark
achievements in critical sectors of education, healthcare, agriculture
and the overall development of vital infrastructure. Education in
particular was a major focus of government’s activities. Another area
accorded greater attention was the construction of urban and township
roads, especially the long, magnificent flyovers and subways intended
to ease unprecedented traffic congestions on ever-busy streets of
metropolitan Kano.
One more glowing testimony of Governor Kwankwaso’s giant strides in
his earnest attempt to foster meaningful development in Kano State is
the provision of new layouts, complex system of road networks, urban
beautification through the redesigning and the construction of housing
estates and three spanking new cities of Kwankwasiyya, Amana and
Bandirawo. The Housing Estates at Mariri and Zawachiki have been fully
developed and allocated to numerous applicants who were hitherto
unable to get access to land.
Governor Kwankwaso also diverted his attention to water and
electricity supplies to redress the perennial problems that militated
against the smooth functioning of the agencies saddled with those
responsibilities. His revolutionary exertions at the Tamburawa Water
Works, which had been his pet project from the onset, are really
helping to end the recurrent water difficulty in the nation’s most
populous city. The Independent Power Project, IPP he started during
his first tenure has now grown into full fruition and part of its
output is currently diverted to energize the ambitious street lighting
project which crisscrossed the entire length and breath of the
sprawling capital city and to also power the water turbines.
Perhaps Governor Kwankwaso’s prominent and outstanding achievement is
his humanitarian initiative intentionally introduced to cater for the
weak, infirm and the less privileged, otherwise called the dregs of
the society. He pioneered legislation against street begging by the
young and old so as to emphasize human dignity and also introduced a
rehabilitation programme for drug addicts after routing drug barons
out of business.
The facilitation of Kwankwaso’s catalogue of achievement was though
Community Orientation Committees CRCs, rooted at grassroots to give
him solid and wholesome support. No wonder therefore the masses are
now full of praises for their dynamic governor, hoping that he should
be sheltered in Aso Rock Villa after his tenure where he would
continue with the policies of his political movement, the
Kwankwasiyya.

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