Despite his failure to appoint commissioners since he was inaugurated on May 29, 2019, a group has rewarded Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, with an award as the “best governor in 100 days in office”.
The group, African Democracy Assessment Network (ADAN) based in Dakar, Senegal, said the governor was honored due to his achievements particularly in the education sector over the last hundred days.
“Barely 24 hours after the traditional 100 days in office for governors who were inaugurated on May 29, an African group of democrats under the auspices of African Democracy Assessment Network (ADAN), has selected Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for an award,” read a statement by Abba Anwar, the governor’s chief press secretary.
“After assessing what was achieved by all the governors in the last 100 days of their stewardship, Kano state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been selected by the Group to be awarded “Best Governor In 100 Days,” he said.
DAILYFOCUS reports that the governor’s unexplained refusal to appoint a cabinet more than three months after he took the oath of office for his second term is generating anger and criticism.
Many residents in the state are raising questions over how Ganduje’s so-called ‘next level’ administration is carrying the business of government without a cabinet where commissioners would deliberate on serious issues of development affecting the state.
Anwar said that the group, in a letter sent to the governor and signed by the West African Regional Coordinator, Mr Samson Theodore, looked at the major sectors that were likely to improve the living standards of the majority of people in the state as against the few individuals before selecting Ganduje for the award.
“We carefully selected these areas, education, health agriculture, security, economy, infrastructural development and politics, with concentration on supremacy of political party or parties as the case may be.
“Your intention to establish College of Education, (Technical) for Women is considered by our panel of research, as genuine policy pronouncement. This will also go a long way in boosting Girl child education in the state.
“Ganduje made a clear pronouncement that both basic and secondary education will be free and compulsory.
“We are amazed that your policy pronouncement on free and compulsory basic and secondary education has become a reality.”