Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, yesterday said he was ready to reconcile with his predecessor in office, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Ganduje, who spoke yesterday in Kano, openly welcomed the idea of reconciling with Kwankwaso to bring an end to the long rivalry between him and the former governor.
He said: “What is wrong in reconciling with a longtime friend and political ally; after all, we are the best of political allies in the history of Nigerian politics.”
Already, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, had told reporters recently that there was a serious move to reconcile Ganduje and Kwankwaso. Masari said: “At the Northern Governors’ level, we were worried at the continued rivalry between the political dons of Kano and indeed the north.”
However, Ganduje told reporters in his office that he was actually not bothered by the moves to bring an end to whatever misunderstanding existing between him and Kwankwaso.
In another development, the governor said he decided to take on basic education problems in the state and tackle it headon because it remains the basis of education.
He told newsmen shortly after inaugurating part of the 2,000 block of classrooms he built in Kano municipality, saying that if truly basic education was the basis of any society, it should be given the required priority.
The governor said his administration introduced the all-encompassing means of tackling the problem through community participatory al-liance that will involve all and sundry.
He added that the government created an educational trust fund, bringing in corporate bodies, community leaders and other stakeholders to contribute, no matter how meager, to the development of education.
On the part of the state government, he said his administration had paid its N1 billion educational counterpart fund to the Federal Government that will in turn provide another N1 billion, making it N2 billion to be spent on the education sector.
Ganduje said the government was construct-ing three-storey buildings as classrooms as against the previous government’s two-storey buildings.
“This will surely accommodate a lot more of our pupils in the face of scarcity of land to build new schools,” he said.
The governor further added that the initiative had taken education to the next level, two years after his administration was inaugurated.
He said the community’s joint educational task force had contributed N800 million, which he said was used to build the N1.2 billion additional blocks of classrooms in the state.
According to him, parents in the state were becoming aware of their responsibilities by contributing their quota to the educational development of the state.