Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday received report on the security situation in Kano State from Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
Ganduje, who met the vice president privately, told reporters that he briefed Osinbajo on kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other criminal activities in the state.
“I submitted a report to him that it is all well; we are managing. There is high coordination of the security agencies in Kano; they are working very hard,” he stated.
Governor Ganduje noted that the main security challenge facing the state was how to prevent bandits from building their nests in the 1000 square kilometer Falgore Forest.
The Falgore Forest lies in Tudun Wada, Doguwa and Sumaila local government areas of Kano and it extends to the boundary lines of Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi states.
“The only problem we have is the Falgore Forest for which we are providing infrastructure for military training in order to prevent the bandits from colonising that particular environment.
“We are working very hard on that.”
Ganduje said that the vice president was encouraged by the report presented to him because it gave him a clearer idea of the security issues in Kano State.
Governor Ganduje also spoke on the N880million naira the Kano State government gave to the 44 councils in the state for the renovation of schools, saying the idea was to encourage community participation in the development of education.
According to him, the programme was designed to be executed through direct labour and aimed at the rehabilitation and renovation of schools in all the local governments in the state.
“Now, we have created what we call education promotion committees and we have given them N20million naira each with identified schools to be renovated and with the scope of work to be undertaken.
“We have given them three weeks to complete that project so that they will come and report and our supervisors and engineers will also give the same report.
“Then, they will also invite the well to do indigenes of the local governments; they also will provide their own contribution.
“So, we are expecting, after the completion of the report, they will tell us how much they have been able to gather from the indigenes of the local governments.
“Then we give them money and they go back again.
“You know we have declared education to be free and compulsory from basic, to secondary education. So, we have to involve community participation,” he said.
Governor Ganduje said that Kano State was up to date in paying its counterpart funding for Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC.
He said that the state has an education trust fund, for which 5% of its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, 5% of statutory allocations of the local governments and 2% of all contracts awarded in Kano are kept to provide funds for education.
Speaking on the Kano Economic City, he said the project, conceived to encourage commercial activities in the highly populated city, has reached 70% completion.
“There are so many facilities there. Apart from the shops there, there are mega hotels, there are banking halls and also there are trailer parks and so many other things that you expect to see in an economic city.
“The work has reached over 70%. So, we are happy. Even the drug sellers are being allocated a place there to avoid selling drug indiscriminately.
He adds that the federal government’s policy on drugs and the ones for people in corporate business are good.
Source: Voice of Nigeria