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The administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State  has recently reshuffled cabinet to deliberately revamp the activities of his government and improve service delivery. The bold decision he took paved ways for professionals like Aminu Aliyu Wudil, a professional Architectural Engineer, to head the state Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport as the Commissioner. In this  interview with our correspondent SHAMSU ABUBAKAR in Kano, Wudil maintains that Governor Ganduje has recorded a lot of achievements with regards to both infrastructural and human developments within the spate of two years. Excerpts:

When your name was announced as the new Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, the state ignited with jubilations because everybody was excited. How did you build this expediency?

Alhamdulillahi. All I can say is to give thanks to Allah for sparing our lives to this day, the strength as well as the ability to interact with so many groups in this political dispensation. At the same time, I have to sincerely thank His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for finding worthy of this task; my prayer is to Almighty Allah to give me the ability and strength to stand the test. I’m also thankful to the people who besieged the State House of Assembly having left their business activities to witness screening exercise despite the fact that for several years, I have been able to pull many people around me through different political means, the enthusiastic crowd the led me was very encouraging and I really appreciated them all.

Who is Engr. Aminu Aliyu Wudil?

 Aminu Aliyu is a Civil Engineer by training who graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He holds Bsc Civil engineering, Masters Degree in Civil Engineering, two Post Graduate Diplomas in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management; a Consultant and Contractor sometime ago; Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers, a registered Chartered Engineer, who has worked for some years but now a civil servant.

After your swearing-in at Government House, you immediately assumed office by going round with the press to inspect some ongoing projects you inherited from your predecessor. did you observe any setback in the process?

To be honest with you, I went round all the projects now at least the key major projects and I can tell you the number of projects executed and those that are on board is marvelous. I was so surprised at Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s performance at the time nation is financially crunched; when even salaries are extremely difficult to pay in some states of the federation; the time governance in some states crumbles with scarcities and stashed with international groups to survive, he is rather busy providing infrastructures and human development to the people of the state.

He is spending billions on developmental projects across the state including those that were not completed by some past Governors. That is why I call the press and went round with them. I must tell you what I saw was a record  in the making, there is good intention for the state, no doubt about it as a commissioner. I think we should work hard to support him achieve this dream of modernizing Kano.

There are projects that are on-going and those are abandoned for many years. I think you are aware that the country has just scaled through the recession. So, we will review all the projects  and after the budgets, insha Allah we will redesign and restrategize and confront them.

You are privileged to work with a Governor who is hard working and peaceful, a man of high measure of integrity who is respected for his continuity policy that saw Kano reducing  junk of uncompleted projects. Now that you are in the saddle with these enormous tasks, how do you look at it?

Indeed, we will put in our best as expected. The slogan of His Excellency, the Governor is consolidation and continuation as he made the promise to continue with not his predecessor’s projects but that of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. He also gets along with those that he initiated; so, you can see how fulfilled these promises are. Now, the two hospitals started by Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau at Giginyu and Zoo road are fully completed waiting to be commissioned soon. Many of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s projects are also completed and are in use, while the flyover at Sabon Gari continues. I can tell you that since my leader, my Governor and mentor is willing, we will only follow suit to remain part of this monumental achievement. All the uncompleted projects are going to be prioritized accordingly and I can assure you, no project will be left uncompleted.

Some communities in Kano metropolis are complaining marginalisation with regards to bad roads leading to their respective communities. Are you ready to address them now?

 The problem with the Rimin Kebe access road is now under construction; they even came in mass to hail the Governor constructing many roads left for decades. Very soon, we will complete  them for the people of the area to also enjoy the fruit of democracy by the grace of Allah.

Governor Ganduje has made a mark in investment drive policy. What is happening to Independent Power Supply at Tiga and Challawa Dams?

 If you are following what is happening, Tiga is 95 per cent completed while Challawa work is about to continue. Everything the contractor needs to start is ready; so, any time from now, we will invite the press to the venue for the flag-off ceremony.

What assurance can you give to the people of Kano State now that you are the Commissioner for  Works, Housing and Transport and  the man saddled with the state major projects?

I want to assure the good people of Kano State that they have quality leadership, transparent and prudent man in Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje  administration. No doubt about it. The stage is now clear for the people of the state to distinguish between the past and the present administration in terms of instant delivery of  dividends of democracy.

For a better society.



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