SHAMSU ABUBAKAR, Kano
Mallam Ibrahim Kankarofi has developed a reputation of a dependable public servant who could provide appropriate administrative support to a leader for effective and efficient coordination of governance. He has demonstrated enormous skills in planning, organizing, directing and coordinating both governmental functions and staff towards attainment of set goals since he was appointed an aide to the Governor of Kano State.
Invariably, he symbolizes a metaphorical engine house of administration from which any purposeful governor can successfully achieve socio-economic growth and development in distinct political entity. Accordingly, the one year of Mallam Ibrahim Kankarofi as Principal Private Secretary (PPS) to the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has witnessed sagacious improvement or requisite modification of policies of the state government.
He has been part of the Ganduje administration that came up with clear redefinition of timely service delivery and developmental projects that will not only enhance the standard of living of citizens resident in Kano State but also elevating the densely populated state to higher pedestal of modernization of infrastructures from the road system to health, education and the micro/macro economy. Kankarofi has registered his name as part of the success story of governance in Kano State being aligned with the 21st Century socio-economic development strategies.
Apparently, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in searching for qualified and dependable persons to form the core structure of his administration, saw wisdom in, first, appointing Kankarofi as Special Adviser on Governmental Affairs, having worked with him about one year, period during which the Governor discovered the resourcefulness and administrative dexterity he possesses. From there, the Governor elevated Kankarofi to PPS to render closer and more challenging services to his administration.
The PPS has demonstrated immense administrative skills and political expertise in supporting the Governor to handle certain political disputes in the state. Apart from contributing to peaceful means of eliminating political rifts or threats of disintegration in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State, Kankarofi also contributed to pacifying and neutralizing plots to pitch the incumbent governor against his predecessor by some political jobbers and merchants of segregation who thought of exploiting such conflicts to make political fortunes in the state. Curiously, his strategy has contributed in unifying all the political class in the APC in Kano State with the grassroots which the amiable Governor has shown deep appreciation.
Kankarofi also led the campaign that opened the doors for staunch politicians in Kano troop into the APC and deflating the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, The former Director of Protocol and Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, during Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau’s eight years’ administration diligently served the state in various capacities. He is a man with unique characters, features and viral abilities.
Besides his philanthropic gestures, Kankarofi was the gubernatorial candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2011 general elections but later stepped down on the request of the party and as result, mobilised his teeming supporters to reinforce the campaign squad of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the 2015 general elections to ensure he won the election massively; which fetched him the highest votes count ever in the history of governorship elections in Kano State.
Paradoxically, the advent of the current democratic setting has unveiled credible politicians whose quest for better Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. Mallam Kankarofi has emerged as one of the discoveries in the contemporary dispensation who fought tooth and nail to ensure that the norms of democracy are sustained in governance at all levels. This democrat, alongside some ANPP chieftains, broke away to vie for political leadership of their choice during the 2011 general elections when the party singled out a candidate and imposed him for governorship. That imposition was vehemently protested and opposed to the dismay of the party leadership.
The ensuing disharmony of interests culminated into mass exodus to other political parties where the discontent loyalists could pursue their political ambitions. The mass exodus affected ANPP a great deal to the extent that the party was defeated by the PDP. The result showed the lacuna of the political potency of Kankarofi, attributing to him strong calculative politician who spearheaded the monumental uprising of the legacy party to sojourn in the emergent APC where they contributed in the power struggle with PDP and succeeded in strangling the incumbent to gain the political leadership of the nation that brought an end to 16 years of PDP’s hegemony in the politics and governance of Nigeria. The people of Kano State are now grateful to God for endowing the state with personalities and politicians with exceptional qualities to rule them.
Moreover, the advantage and adept proficiency displayed so far have proven their positive contributions in terms of developmental policies corresponding with that of the head of government. Thus, the respect and obedience accorded to civil servants, political office holders as well as stakeholders and the leaders of the party, respectively.
Kano State is lucky to have Dr. Ganduje as Governor and he has proved himself with vast developmental projects across the length and breadth of the state in just two years. The quantum of achievements made by this administration is a foregone conclusion that the governor has combined experience and cooperation of administrators like Mallam Kankarofi whose determination is for good of the state. Governor Ganduje, like a gallant soldier, is steadily making his dream of the state becoming enlisted among developed economies of the world unhindered.
His open-door policy has greatly contributed to his spirit of continuity; which has cleared the state of outrageous numbers of abandoned and uncompleted projects. Governor Ganduje has motivated the current administration with the fulfillment of all the promises he made during the campaign. It is remarkable that the Ganduje administration in two years completed several projects across the state. These include a modern underpass along Madobi -Panshakara road, completion of two uncompleted hospital projects of the Ibrahim Shekarau administration; Pediatric hospital along Zoo road and a General Hospital at Giginyu. The governor also sustained the continuation of his predecessor’s projects like the longest flyover at Sabon Gari, the Independent Power Plant at Tiga and Challawa dams.
Furthermore, Governor Ganduje deepened development of infrastructures to the grassroots to enhance the production capacity of the rural population. The governor sought to revamp the state economy through reactivation of farming schemes. He revived the Kano Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) to accelerate the production of farm inputs, mainly fertilizers, at affordable cost. He also improved the state internal revenue generation.
The governor’s appetite for a reformed Kano motivated him to touch on virtually all sectors of the state economy, including the total cleaning of the city by REMASAB, which has been given a face-lift with the purchase of new equipment to evacuate the heap of solid and liquid wastes in the ancient city of Kano, the state capital.
More so, the Kano State Road Transport Agency (KAROTA), which previously encountered populist resistance as a result of insufficient training, is now widely accepted and respected by road users after this administration restructured the Agency for better performance. Several government agencies and boards that were comatose for years have been revived and equipped. Today, WREKA has improved remarkably in the supply of water in Kano and its environs.
Moreover, the standard of education in Kano which for many decades was low because of lack of trained teachers, has improved. Government adopted a new approach to curtailing the menace by providing funds for the training of all unqualified teachers, resumed staff promotions and paid arrears to the promoted teachers he inherited; as well as sponsoring students to study abroad in various professional fields.
The governor, who was a former teacher and lecturer at Bayero University Kano (BUK), set up educational committee that involved all stakeholders, top businessmen and women from the state, including the African business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, and his uncle, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, who are now contributing immensely in raising the standard of education in Kano.
Another 44 committees were set up for all the local governments in the state and charged with the responsibility of maintaining schools infrastructures, repair dilapidated school buildings, fixed broken chairs, purchase learning tools and materials, as well as attend to the basic needs of schools in the local areas with N10million each, making it N440million for the take-off and another one for the second face making the total amount spent on that project N880million.
These efforts of the government have improved the standard of education in the state remarkably.
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