By AbdulSalam  Muhammad

Governor Kwankwanso has reasons to fast-track the establishment of a legacy because not only is he limited by time, but he could well have his eyes higher in the polity.

IT is not difficult to fathom why Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is in a hurry in his return at the helms of the administration, to transform Kano State.

Unlike many of his colleagues who were inaugurated with him just over a year ago, Dr. Kwankwanso is limited by time; he has no future term at the end of 2015.

The governor who first served as governor of the state between 1999 and 2003 would not have been surprised that many of the legacies of his first coming, were eroded during the eight year regime of his arch political enemy, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. To what extent his speed would count for him in future remains an issue, but the citizenry are apparently for the better.

Culture of governance

In the last one year, Kano under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP administration headed by Kwankwanso has re-ordered the shape and culture of governance as was obtainable under his predecessor.  Some of the new steps have been separately commended and condemned based on political and other leanings.

The administration’s stringent economic policies have especially attracted both commendations and knocks from the general public.

The concerted criticism from the opposition and the elites in who until lately, were beneficiaries of the old order, initially threw the Kwankwanso administration off balance, but it soon recovered its steps.

The economic policy dubbed as ‘wujuwuju economics’ because of its stringent measures is, however, not an issue for the masses who have benefited from increased water supply to the city, several blocks of classrooms across the 44 local government areas of the state, while intake into schools has increased following free meal and tuition free educational system.

Kwankwaso has within the limited resources available floated 18 specialized post secondary Institutions, scattered across the state and established an additional state University christened North West University. These institutions have reduced pressure on the existing educational facilities and succeeded to very large extent in addressing restiveness among youths in the state.

The Kano story in the year under review could conveniently be situated on the zeal by Dr. Kwankwanso to establish a legacy, a move that is especially championed by his closest political associates including the Secretary to the State Government, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi,  the Chief of staff to the Governor, Dangoni and the woman largely seen as the ‘man behind the throne’, Hajiya Baraka Sani.

The efforts of these dependable allies more than anything else may have stabilized the administration and endeared the new regime to the people.

In the year under review the opposition as represented by the ANPP progressively lowered its profile.  Shekarau had initially served as a rallying point to members of the opposition, but all that fizzled out as it became evident that nothing much could come out of it.

Besides, the decision of the administration to engage some opposition members in the cabinet further weakened the base of the opposition groups in the state. It is as such not surprising that a number of opposition groups had to switch their focus with some even now taking turns to praise the governor in both government and private radio stations.

For the Director,   Communication Strategy, and Public Relations to the Governor, Baba Dantiye, Governor Kwankwaso has raised the benchmark of governance in the state

“Kwankwaso came to power on a popular mandate and has within the last 12 months justified his choice by the electorates,” he told Vanguard.

Even where it has succeeded in overwhelming the opposition, the administration still has the challenge of overcoming the insecurity situation in the state. The insecurity challenge came to the fore in January after a terrorist group invaded the city and caused mayhem that led to the death of at least 170 persons.

Governor Kwankwanso has reasons to fast-track the establishment of a legacy because not only is he limited by time, but he could well have his eyes higher in the polity.

IT is not difficult to fathom why Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is in a hurry in his return at the helms of the administration, to transform Kano State.

Unlike many of his colleagues who were inaugurated with him just over a year ago, Dr. Kwankwanso is limited by time; he has no future term at the end of 2015.

The governor who first served as governor of the state between 1999 and 2003 would not have been surprised that many of the legacies of his first coming, were eroded during the eight
year regime of his arch political enemy, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. To what extent his speed would count for him in future remains an issue, but the citizenry are apparently for the better.

Culture of governance

In the last one year, Kano under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP administration headed by Kwankwanso has re-ordered the shape and culture of governance as was obtainable under
his predecessor.  Some of the new steps have been separately commended and condemned based on political and other leanings.

The administration’s stringent economic policies have especially attracted both commendations and knocks from the general public.

The concerted criticism from the opposition and the elites in who until lately, were beneficiaries of the old order, initially threw the Kwankwanso administration off balance, but it soon
recovered its steps.

The economic policy dubbed as ‘wujuwuju economics’ because of its stringent measures is, however, not an issue for the masses who have benefited from increased water supply to
the city, several blocks of classrooms across the 44 local government areas of the state, while intake into schools has increased following free meal and tuition free educational system.

Kwankwaso has within the limited resources available floated 18 specialized post secondary Institutions, scattered across the state and established an additional state University
christened North West University. These institutions have reduced pressure on the existing educational facilities and succeeded to very large extent in addressing restiveness among
youths in the state.

The Kano story in the year under review could conveniently be situated on the zeal by Dr. Kwankwanso to establish a legacy, a move that is especially championed by his closest
political associates including the Secretary to the State Government, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi ,  the Chief of staff to the Governor, Dangoni and the woman largely seen as the ‘man behind
the throne’, Hajiya Baraka Sani.

The efforts of these dependable allies more than anything else may have stabilized the administration and endeared the new regime to the people.

In the year under review the opposition as represented by the ANPP progressively lowered its profile.  Shekarau had initially served as a rallying point to members of the opposition, but
all that fizzled out as it became evident that nothing much could come out of it.

Besides, the decision of the administration to engage some opposition members in the cabinet further weakened the base of the opposition groups in the state. It is as such not
surprising that a number of opposition groups had to switch their focus with some even now taking turns to praise the governor in both government and private radio stations.

For the Director,   Communication Strategy, and Public Relations to the Governor, Baba Dantiye, Governor Kwankwaso has raised the benchmark of governance in the state

“Kwankwaso came to power on a popular mandate and has within the last 12 months justified his choice by the electorates,” he told Vanguard.

Even where it has succeeded in overwhelming the opposition, the administration still has the challenge of overcoming the insecurity situation in the state. The insecurity challenge
came to the fore in January after a terrorist group invaded the city and caused mayhem that led to the death of at least 170 persons.

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