“Don’t Name Public Institutions After Me” – Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has directed that no public building in the state should be named after him, and had instructed that the Gandujiyya inscription on him be removed forthwith.
The governor, who was apparently dismayed by the branding of a renovated classroom after him at Kureken Sani in Kumbotso local government area of the state also directed the state urban planning agency (KNUPDA) to dismantle billboards, remove posters or any such material designed to promote him, under the guise of “Gandujiyya.” He noted that APC is the institution to be promoted because it symbolises the vehicle for change under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He further explained that APC represents a new beginning in Nigeria with a promise and brighter future, arguing that it is wrong to personalize public property since government belongs to all. The governor added that branding public buildings and erection of billboards with the name of any individual not only defaces the structures but also negates the beautify of the environment.
The governor, who was commissioning completed projects and inspecting ongoing ones as part of activities marking his one year in office, thanked the people of Kano for their goodwill and support to his administration, urging them to maintain their support towards the success of government’s policies and programmes.
On education, Governor Ganduje expressed happiness that the N10 million released to Kumbotso education promotion committee was judiciously utilized, assuring that more investments would be made in the sector as part of strategies to revitalize it. The governor appealed to citizens of the state to contribute towards giving the education a glorious rebirth in view of its centrality to human development.
In their separate remarks, the chairman of Kumbotso local government council, Alhaji Lawan Isma’ila Unguwar Rimi and a community leader-cum APC chieftain in the area, Alhaji Mustafa Hamza Buhari (aka Bakwana), thanked the state government for giving priority attention to the sector and restated their unified loyalty to the government.
In a related development, Governor Ganduje inspected ongoing construction of a Qur’anic Model Primary a school at Bunkure Town, headquarters of Bunkure local government, where he expressed satisfaction with the quality of work being done. The governor further stressed the need for more community participation in education, saying the challenges in the sector are too enormous for the government alone to handle.
Speaking during a visit to Rano Special Primary School in Rano local government area, the governor explained that the State Education Promotion Committee was established by his administration to encourage well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to help the government in providing qualitative education to public schools in the state.
The governor, therefore, commended Alhaji A.A. Rano for single-handedly renovating Rano Special Primary School and providing additional classrooms and furniture, describing the move as a true example of patriotism.