Dissecting Kwankwasiyya’s stand over sale of public property in Kano – By Abba Dukawa

Even at the peaked of tussle between a former governor of Kano State, Musa Kwankwaso and the incumbent, Governor Ganduje has remained) focussed on delivering democracy dividends to (the people of Kano State. He has not only kept faith to his promise of continuing the projects and policies of his predecessor, he has moved on to conceptualize and consolidate  projects and policies his adminstration has initiated.

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Almost six  years out  of power, still they presumed to be undefeatable power broker in the state.  For them they can do and undo; they  can make or mar; they  can give power to whomsoever they  wish and wrest power from whomsoever they  wish

 

Still they have not realised that the movement  crumbling like a pack of cards and the domino effect still  extends to remaining  Kwankwaso’s supporters.  They hurriedly forget that when their leader  was  at the helm of the affairs of the state, there was a relative retardation in commercial activities for which Kano is well-known.
One funny and laughable thing() is that the movement  has now  turned itself into the so-called defender of public properties.

 

While Kwankwaso was in power  deluded by his rise to political limelight and his rabid followers do not help matters as they have spun a myth around him that he wears shoes made of metal and he could tread on the toes of all – the mighty and the not-so-mighty.

 

This is not to count the ordinary citizens, civil servants and pensioners who also suffered varied indignity treatments. Is  he not the same Kwankwaso in whose second tenure he borrowed  billions from State Pension Fund to build Bandirawo and Amana Housing Estates?
Still most of houses are not occupied by the peoples in whose name the estates were constructed. Now only ample of Government Department and Agencies are occupying these houses.

 

Some (four days ago), Kwankwasiyya movement accused Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of illegally selling public property to cronies and family members describing it as unconstitutional and selfish  action.  These beseless allegations on the   properties sold by the Ganduje administration to include Daula Hotel, Triumph Publishing Company, part of the Eid Ground, Panshekara Modern Abattoir, Hajj Camp, Shahuci Motor Park and the State Zoological Garden.   Kano state government is still paying the over N350 million debt inherited from the Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso-led government. The debt cuts across contracts for uncompleted flyovers, roads, and the controversial foreign and local scholarship scheme, which amount to over N15 billion.It still baffles any reasonable   imagination why Governor not investigating   someone who  left over N350 billion debt.

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There is no need engaging into unnecessary war of words with Kwankwasiyya  followers because the people know their antics. The Movement in supporters   would  never see any good in anybody or anything apart from itself.  Let me remind them  whenever they want to deceive the public, they keep on mentioning failed projects of the Kwankwaso administration.

 

Let them woke up from their slumber (and recall) that  it was under the former governor that Daula Hotel was closed down and the staff sacked. Even though RMK  handed over  the property to School of Hospitality and Tourism  but the school  only occupies 10 per cent of the structure  situated within premises.  When  the hotel was closed down some reputable hoteliers operators in the state drawn the attention of then administration to entered an agreement with them to managed Daula Hotel  under  Public Private Partnership (PPP)  but not vying the idea on  they request to runs the Hotel on PPP agreement only the reason for rejected this Hotelier request best known to him.  Now Ganduje’s administration   has engaged private developer through Public Private Partnership (PPP)  to developed the said property into  a residential building, a mall and a hotel in its continued efforts to explore more ways of enhanced revenue generation  in the state.

 

The present  administration work assiduously in seeing to the actualization of the bringing back to life of the (Triumph Newspaper.)   Governor Ganduje  shows  his   commitment in  revitalisation of the Triumph Publishing  company  knowing  that  the company is not just a newspaper publishing company but a training ground for journalists across the country.

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We  the staff of the company on this day   Thursday
27 October 2012 at about (6pm) while going about our normal duty we  just saw a team of security operatives in the premises of the company accompanied  then state commissioner of information. The commissioner   told us that Governor RMK closed down  Triumph Publishing Company.  This brutally and unceremoniously closure of the company would  remain in our mind even though (we)  the staff of the newspaper are more luckiest than their Daula counterparts as no one was sacked from service courtesy of solidarity we enjoined from our comrade in pens in the state.   I can testifying that Triumph Publishing Company is relocated to a  convenient place befitting a newspaper house to pave the way for the development of a more economically viable and modern Bureau de Change Market that can generate more revenue to the state and provide employment opportunities to the teeming populace.

 

 

On Zoological Garden, no government will fold its arm and watch the lives of  its citizens (being endanged). One may recalled last year how one of the Lions kept in the Zoological Garden escaped which cause serious  trauma to the residents around  Gandun, Tukuntawa and   Zoo Road Housing Estates. Most of  Zoo Garden across the world  is not normally t found within a residential area and  there is nothing wrong if  Zoological Garden is relocated from a residential area for public safety, because when the Zoological Garden was established,  it was on the outskirt of Kano with no human inhabitance.  With relocation of garden  the place will now be put to more economic use.

 

 

On the Eid ground , for the  residence of Fagge, Zango, Kofar Mata, Kofar Wambai the  Eid Ground remains scary place to passed by because some miscreants turn the ground as a hiding place and commit henours crimes to by passers a lot of peoples lost lives to phone snatching and other related crime. They have forgotten that it was during his first tenure some part kofar Mata  Eid ground were allocated to some individual close to then administration. With the structures put in place surroundings the Eid ground the level of insecurity drastically reduced  and beautifying the area.

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Civil servants and their families would not forgotten how Governor Kwankwaso sold Government GPs at the exorbitant price beyond civil servants that occupied the said properties earning, while  there are available records on how his government sold such GPs to his cronies of the administration at giveaway price.  At the tail end of the administration, some vehicles belonging to the state government valued millions of naira   sold to themselves at giveaway price.  Another laughable act by  Kwankwasiyya movement is that it said  it would not fold its arms and allow public assets to rot away.

 

But its part of the state government policies  that there haven’t been any of these issues that hasn’t been discussed and looked into by the Kano State Executive Council; sometimes with the inputs of professionals before a final decision is taken.  So as far these decisions are concerned, they are not illegal, and they have been done with due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

 

Despite the financial difficulty the country and the state at large facing,  Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is doing very well for the overall development of the state and has taken the state to the highest feats where he made free and compulsory education for teaming children most of whom are wards of the poor. There is nothing wrong if such comatose  and structurally defective properties would be turned around with  committed stakeholders through Public Private Partnership  agreement with willing investors in the best public interest, as part of a noble futuristic move to make the ancient city catch up with modernity for a befitting mega city status.

 

Dukawa writes from Kano

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