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Ganduje promises “benchmark” progress in Kano

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State taking his oath of office… yesterday.

Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje has promised to make the state a “benchmark” for what other states in Nigeria aspire to be.

“We have our focus and we have the plans and the drive to make Kano state the state of the future – where we set the benchmark for what other states in Nigeria aspire to be,” Ganduje said in a statement.

Ganduje clawed back from the jaw of death to win re-election in Kano State, overcoming the main challenger, Abba Kabir-Yusuf of the People’s Democratic Party by 8982 votes, after re-run guber poll.

Ganduje, while speaking on his plans for the state as he kicks off his second tenure, said his administration will “revamp” the educational sector of state, which is targeted at making the state becomes the “most educated state in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“We are already reviewing the entire state education curriculum to meet 21st century needs and would also be adding fresh teachers to improve the knowledge base available in our schools,” he added.

He revealed that he will also inculcate ICT and new technological knowledge in the educational system of the state and also stimulate commercial investments in the state.

The governor said the state will partner with qualified professionals to provide the “help our entrepreneurs need to unlock growth for their businesses and to ensure that investors are given required support.”

Along with the education and economic policies, Ganduje said his administration will roll out specific policies to help the women of Kano participate fully in the state’s development.

“Our government will support competent private sector players who are willing to invest in agriculture in Kano,” he said.

Ganduje also has eyes set on enhancing the prospects of small and medium scale businesses and agriculture in one of Nigeria’s most industrialised states.

He said: “We cannot build these big plans on the back of a slow-paced economy, hence the need to stimulate commercial investments in the state. Our state is partnering with qualified professionals to provide the help our entrepreneurs need to unlock growth for their businesses and to ensure that investors are given required support. If you are a young entrepreneur in Nigeria looking to start a business, especially in the areas of agriculture, trade, education and technology, make plans to move to Kano.

“Our government will support competent private sector players who are willing to invest in agriculture in Kano,” he said.


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