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.
Thank you KANO for believing in Gov. Ganduje’s mandate.#KanoRerun #KanoDecides2019 #NextLevel pic.twitter.com/jRut26lfAr
— APC Nigeria (@APCNigeria) March 25, 2019
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.
His Excellency Gov. Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR , His Deputy Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna with Members elect of the Kano State House of Assembly received their certificate of return at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium earlier today. Congratulations Kano! #AikiTill2023 pic.twitter.com/sxmvHKcIbs
— Peacock (@dawisu) April 3, 2019
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.
H.E @GovUmarGanduje has said that his 2nd term will set a target of 15yrs, to make Kano the most educated state in Sub Saharan Africa and the IT hub of the region, as he will be unveiling his plans for the state in the next few weeks. Indeed Kano is lucky to have you Ganduje. ? pic.twitter.com/mlpecPRMO0
— Peacock (@dawisu) April 3, 2019
Present were the Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Garuwa, and some Kano State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.
Governor Nasir Ahmad @elrufai alongside the Governor of Kano State, @GovUmarGanduje had a meeting with the @cenbank Governor, Godwin Emefiele and the MD of NIRSAL, Aliyu Abdulhameed.
The meeting was centered around reviving the Textile Industry. pic.twitter.com/4N78w6kkdw
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) April 5, 2019
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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