Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was officially presented with the Award of Excellence as the "Best Governor in 100 Days" in office, of his second tenure in office starting from 29th May, 2019 which took place at Governor's Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, Monday.
Presenting the Award from the African Democracy Assessment Network (ADAN), the Senior Programme Manager of the group Mr Samson Gomina, who represented the West African Regional Coordinator, Mr Samson Theodore, congratulated the governor for passing through the rigorous process and procedures before emerging as the winner among all other governors across the country.
The association according to him "... is an African group, based in Dakar, Senegal, which is dedicated to the promotion of democracy across the shores of Africa. We assess, as the name indicates, how democracy is being practiced in our countries. We have offices in some selected African nations."
He added that, "It is with great pleasure and clear understanding of our responsibility that we are here today, before the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for the official conferment of Award of Excellence on him,
as a result of some carefully analysed achievements recorded under his administration, in the first 100 days of office, since his second inauguration as the governor of Kano state from May 29th, 2019."
Gomina explained further that, the choice of Ganduje as the best performing governor among all his colleagues across the Nigerian states, was done impartially. Adding that, the process and procedures followed before they arrived at that point, were just, fair and near academic exercise.
They made it very to the governor that, "...the achievements recorded under your first 100 days in office, passed through a very stressful, meticulous and cogent examination, before you finally emerged as the winner. Winning the best performing governor is not an easy task.
But your achievements made it possible, as a people-centred governor, whose primary constituency is always his people, his people and his people. We say this, because we possess scientific parameters to defend our findings, Your Excellency."
According to Gomina, they examined some selected sectors and subjected them to tasking and unfettered examination, emphasising that "Not only that, we also tried to situate how governors brought forth and maintain public interest as overriding interest in their day to day office and official hours."
The Senior Programme Manager reveals that, after some brainstorming discussions that took place at Dakar, amongst their members after a Mid-Year Democracy Review Meeting, all members agreed to start rating Nigerian governors in areas like education, health agriculture, security, economy, infrastructural development and politics, with concentration on supremacy of political party or parties as the case may be.
He said "Under education we unanimously commended your unrelenting commitment in moving the sector to greater heights. It is no more a secret that you fast track and facilitated the accreditation of some programmes offered by state- owned tertiary institutions of higher learning.
Your bringing to forth, of the government's intent to establish College of Education, (Technical) for Women, is considered by our panel of researchers, as genuine policy pronouncement. This also goes a long way for effective and efficient self-reliance strategy for women. Girl child education in its highest position."
He said they were amazed that the free and compulsory basic and secondary education policy pronouncement was seriously and genuinely made. Which he believed was glaringly manifested in the Summit on Free and Compulsory Basic and Secondary Education, which took place between 3rd to 4th September.
After listing some major achievements recorded in Ganduje administration in the areas of health, security, agriculture and environmental sanitation, the Senior Programme Manager mentioned that,
"We came to understand that the establishment of another four First Class Emirs goes a long way in trickling development down to the grassroots. This is commendable. An action needed for many decades back in the state.
So no matter what some opposition voices are grudgingly voicing, the fact remains that, Kano is set for the existence of some few other mega cities. Apart from the popular Kano Mega City."
Encouraging that the establishment of more Emirates is indeed taking the state to greater heights of growth and development, in the areas of education, health, security, agriculture, environmental sanitation, provision of social amenities, among others.
Mr Gomina concluded that, "On infrastructural development we do appreciate Dangi Interchange flyover, which reached advance stage and about to be completed. Secondly, the popular Modern Skills Acquisition Centre, which is completed only waiting for commissioning. Kudos to you Your Excellency."