By Mansur Hassan, PhD
In the first 100 days of His Excellency Abba Kabir Yusuf’s administration, significant strides have been made towards transforming and improving various sectors of governance in Kano State. This report highlights the key accomplishments achieved during this period.
Governance and Social Welfare:
Timely Salary Payments: The administration successfully implemented a policy to ensure that all civil servants receive their salaries promptly on the 25th of each month. This initiative has contributed to boosting the morale and well-being of the state’s workforce.
Settlement of Outstanding NECO Fees: Addressing a longstanding concern, the government cleared the backlog of National Examinations Council (NECO) registration fees that were left unpaid by the previous government. This commitment to education underscores the administration’s dedication to investing in the future of Kano youth. Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has made a significant decision that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the accessibility of education in our state. In a move that showcases his commitment to affordable education, the governor has decided to reduce the school fees across all state-owned tertiary institutions by an impressive 50 percent. This decision is poised to make higher education more attainable for a larger portion of the population, opening up new avenues of learning and skill development. By taking this step, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf not only showcases his dedication to fostering a well-educated society but also demonstrates his understanding of the importance of reducing financial barriers to education. This move has the potential to encourage more students to pursue tertiary education and contribute to the overall growth and development of our state.
Support for Students: A noteworthy achievement was the financial support provided to 7000 Kano State students studying at Bayero University Kano. This initiative eased the financial burden on students and their families, facilitating access to higher education.
Higher Education Sponsorship: The administration extended its commitment to education by sponsoring first-class students to pursue master’s degrees at foreign universities. This initiative not only promotes academic excellence but also contributes to building a skilled and globally competitive workforce.
Hospitals Renovation: The administration took a significant step in healthcare by renovating the Hasiya Bayero Paediatric Hospital, which had been previously sold during the Ganduje administration. This restoration ensures better healthcare access for Kano’s youngest residents.
Infrastructure Development: The continuation of the Faculty of Engineering building at Yusuf Maitama Sule University underscores the administration’s focus on enhancing education infrastructure, fostering academic growth, and preparing students for technical careers.
Infrastructure and Security: Kano State’s streets have regained their illumination, with functional street lights now contributing to improved security and a safer urban environment.
Sanitation and Management: The reinstatement of the Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) highlights the administration’s commitment to maintaining clean and hygienic surroundings, promoting public health, and a better quality of life.
Infrastructure Rehabilitation: The administration’s decision to continue the Wuju-Wuju road project, abandoned by the previous government, demonstrates dedication to completing unfinished projects and improving transportation infrastructure.
Local Development: The commitment to extending 5 kilometres of roads in each local government contributes to improved connectivity and accessibility within communities, fostering economic growth and social development.
Social Services and Security:
Revival of the CRC: The revival of the Community Reorientation Committee in Kano state is a significant step towards fostering community engagement and positive social change. By reestablishing this committee, the state is likely aiming to address various issues, promote awareness, and encourage citizens to participate in activities that contribute to the betterment of their communities. This effort reflects the state’s commitment to strengthening local connections and promoting a sense of shared responsibility among its residents.
Water Access: A major accomplishment has been the reestablishment of tap water supply across Kano State after an eight-year hiatus. This achievement significantly improves the daily lives of citizens, providing them with a basic necessity.
Resolving Issues about Pensioners’ Payments: Pensioners are now receiving their full payments, rectifying a long-standing issue and ensuring that retired public servants are able to lead dignified lives.
Benefits for Families: The administration’s approval of benefit payments to the families of state civil service employees who lost their lives between 2018 and 2023 demonstrates compassion and support for those who have made sacrifices for the state.
Enhanced Security: The reduction in daily reports of phone snatching incidents indicates an improvement in the state’s security situation, enhancing the safety and well-being of residents.
Palliatives for Vulnerable Citizens: The distribution of palliatives worth 1.6 billion naira to needy and vulnerable citizens signifies the administration’s commitment to addressing immediate challenges and ensuring the welfare of its most disadvantaged citizens.
In just 100 days, His Excellency Abba Kabir Yusuf’s administration has achieved significant milestones across various sectors, including education, healthcare, infrastructure, social services, and security. These accomplishments reflect a dedicated effort to uplift Kano State and improve the quality of life for its citizens. As the administration moves forward, these achievements provide a strong foundation for continued progress and development.
Dr. Mansur Hassan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano and he can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org