By Abdulmumin Murtala, Kano
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje described critics of his administration’s handling of some public properties, including the Triumph building, the Daula hotel in the state, as primitive with a vague understanding of politicizing the measure saying that they cannot see beyond their noses.
He made the statement during an inspection tour of the multi-billion dollar economic city of Naira Kano, located in the Dangwauro area along the Zaria highway, a few kilometers from the metropolis, on Tuesday night.
While trying to clarify the public guidance intent of the Kano state government, Ganduje explained that the Triumph Newspapers building, popularly known as Gidan Sa’adu Zungur not only sold, but was turned into a modern currency market, quoted formally at WAPA near Fagge in part. of the metropolis.
“For those critics who do not even understand the practice of modern journalism, which does not require such a large building for newspaper production, we are turning the building into a modern currency market.
“Those marketers from the WAPA Bureau-De-Change market would be relocated to the building, of which hundreds of our marketers will benefit immensely from this development,” stated the Governor.
Furthermore, he described critics as incapable of understanding the ownership, control, management, production, and marketing of today’s newspapers, while urging them to always understand an issue before delving into it.
“This is pure ignorance of modern technology in media practice. People should be reminded that the Triumph newspaper company was forced to stop any production by the past administration. And the company was closed for many years before we came to power.
“So who is to blame between those who killed the company and those who understand the relevance and importance of the company and took it back?” I ask.
Speaking about another public property, Daula Hotel, Ganduje said that it has become obsolete as it lacks all the facets that modern hotel practice represents. Therefore, the option left to the government was to put the property to use.
“The Daula Hotel has become obsolete, if I can use that concept, and in no way represents the modern hotel business. What we are doing now is modernizing the place and putting it to good use. That is why we wonder what they mean when these people say that such properties are being taken away from the public for personal use, ”he challenged.
At the popular Shahuci car park site, Governor Ganduje further challenged that the building started by the past administration and abandoned had been turned into a hideout for criminals. Which, therefore, required making the place busy and lively.
That was what informed the timely intervention of his administration, in order to create an environment that could provide more jobs and business for the public.
“That is an open effort and effort for everyone to visit and see for themselves.
“But those who don’t seem to have a clear, people-driven purpose to turn those buildings into modern places have a superficial level of understanding and can’t see past their noses. So shameful and increasingly ill-conceived, ”lamented the governor.
“This project of the Economic City of Kano was conceived for more than 20 years, and abandoned by previous administrations, due to lack of political will. So the project did not see the light of day. But when we come with the political will, look at the level of work done ”.
During the inspection tour, he was impressed with the level of progress at the market site, the Dangwauro area, in particular the section designed to house drug dealers, who would be relocated from all markets to the modern market of the new Economic City.
“With this modern drug commercialization, we are very confident of ending counterfeit and counterfeit drug trafficking, drug abuse and drug mismanagement. We are going to have security agencies attached to the market, for example, officials from the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) will be there,
“The Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN) will be there and all the other stakeholders will be there. So don’t you see how we’re paying more attention to drug production, management and control? But those who do not have the ability to capture this reality clearly, have begun to sell all kinds of unguided statements, “he argued.
As a project engineer in the market Ing. COMO. Yunusa assured the governor that the drug dealers section of the market would be completed and operational by the end of January, next year Governor Ganduje called on the citizens of Kano to hurry up and own stores there. Being that the building is in a Public-Private Association (PPP) agreement.
“We use the public-private partnership to boost our economy. This Economic City has more than 10,000 shops, there are Banks, Hotels, Restaurants, Police Stations, among many other facilities. All in an effort to make our economy compete favorably, ”he said.
Governor Ganduje hinted that “All our projects, In Sha Allah, will be completed during our term.”