Gov. Ganduje’s Next Level Government Takes Shape, As Political Appointees Undergo Drug Test For Cocaine, SK, Others

One of the best performing governors from Northern Nigeria and close ally to President Muhammadu Buhari, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State,



has disclosed that new political appointees will henceforth undergo drug test, and must be clinically certified free from opium, before being appointed into his incoming administration.



He also stated that the current cabinet and all political appointments would be dissolved on or before May 29, 2019.



Ganduje, who was re-elected for a second term in controversial circumstances, following the March 29, supplementary Gubernatorial election in the State, will be taking his oath of office for his second and final term on Wednesday, May 29.



Speaking when he received a delegation of the Presidential Committee on Drug Abuse, led by General Mohammad Buba Marwa, at the Government House, Kano, Ganduje stressed that from May 29, new appointments as Special Assistants, Heads of Agencies and Commissioners, will depend on passing the drug test.



Following concerns over abuse of hard substances in Kano, the Governor stressed that his administration has concluded necessary arrangements to establish State-owned Drug Abuse Agency, to fight drug addiction.



He said that the establishment of the Agency, which will complement the existing Institutions, is to further enhance activities of government’s Drug Reformatory Institute, DRI, originally set up for rehabilitation of drug addicts in the State.



The Chairman, Presidential Committee on Drugs Abuse, General Marwa, told the Governor that Northern Nigeria has about 14 million out of School children, of which 10 million are Almajiris.



Marwa, who lamented that Almajiri children were gradually being lured into drug peddling, urged the Kano State Government to create special education policy, to enroll children in conventional system.



Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje, has expressed his administration’s readiness to partner with private investors from all sectors to build businesses in the state.


The governor said this was part of plans for his second term in office. He spoke after receiving his Certificate of Return alongside State House of Assembly members.



Present were the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Garuwa, and some Kano State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.



Ganduje added that he would soon unveil development programmes in the state, ranging from ICT education for youths and quality education for the girl child. He said: “Our future lies in providing 21st-century knowledge and resources to our young people, so they can lead the development of a modern Kano State.


“Our government cannot do this alone. We will also unveil extensive plans and incentives for partners and private investors to come build the businesses in Kano.”

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