Barely few hours after the swearing-in of the new commissioners, the Kano state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has taken his new cabinet members to the rigours of governance, through holding the first Executive Council meeting since his assumption into office, in his second term period.
Held at the Council Chamber, Government House, Kano, he briefed them about the major projects the state has in place. After notifying them about the intentions and policy direction of his administration, governor Ganduje assured them of his total and dedicated support to allow them discharge their responsibilities without let or hindrance.
"Our major concern in this administration, are two fundamental areas, but not at the expense of other areas, education and health sectors. Under education you are all aware of our recent policy on free and compulsory primary and secondary education. Though, a loaded endeavor, but with our commitment and genuine dedication, we will achieve a lot in this area," he said.
He urged them to always be honest, hardworking and committed to their assigned responsibilities. "While many more people are out there and Allah in His Infinite Mercy Has chosen you to take these responsibilities, it is therefore expected of you to perform with all sense of responsibility," he maintains.
Governor Ganduje urged them to also be very conscious of the issue of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), reminding them that as Nigeria is moving away from dependence on oil, it is necessary to diversify economy and find other sources of financing "...our budgets. All of you should be ready to accept this reality for the overall development of our state," he directed.
By way of calling their attention on the focus areas of the administration, he reveals that, he discussed with the state legislators that, when choosing constituency projects for their constituencies, they should give emphasis on education and health.
"After looking at the budget document this night, we will write to the State House of Assembly tomorrow Wednesday notifying them about our intention to present the 2020 budget to the House. After which, we shall, myself and all of you, go to the Assembly on Thursday and present the budget," he discloses.
He reminded them that, people have high hope in them, which he urged them to dedicate themselves and see that they deliver, as being expected of them or even more than people expectation.
To call on them to be more prudent and transparent in their dealings, Ganduje made some specific demands of prudent management of resources, particularly those ministries that receive interventions from the World Bank and other development partners, to always make sure that they work hand in hand with their public servants for enhanced transparency and accountability.
"Ministries like that of Agriculture, Health, Budget and Education among others. You must make sure that you work closely with the Permanent Secretaries, Directors and other staff, so that you get the best result out of the work," Ganduje cautions.
Ganduje called on them to always have it at the back of their mind that, the central focus of his administration, is human development. "And to avoid our population to be a liability, we must work hard in the area of education, so that we can get a population that is an asset," he stated.
Earlier during the swearing-in, the governor called on all the newly Sworn-In commissioners to be up and doing for the development of the state and the nation in general, stressing that, "I want you to be focused and remained so, so that you too, will contribute your quota to the socio-economic development of the state."
While calling on them to always be honest, dedicated for taking the state to higher level, he stressed the need for them to work hand in hand with the public servants when it comes to the implementation of polices, projects and programmes.
"You are true representatives of the State Executive Council, therefore you must behave as members of the State Executive Council. As you are aware that we have a very strong anti-graft institution, the State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, with an honest and strong leadership," he advised.
After congratulating them for the new appointments, he directed them that, "You must make sure that you manage your ministries in a civilised way. You are required to make sure that our budget is implemented to the latter. Depending on the resources on ground. You must make sure also that you relate well with the members of the public."