Kwankwaso Achievements as a Governor

Senator Musa Kwankwaso has a sound track record that has is imprinted in the sand of times in the Nigerian political landscape. By every measure or criteria of assessment, his achievements are beyond expectations and his foresight can only be likened to that of the great leaders in history all over the world.

Having met an empty treasury with a debt burden of N77 billion and an additional $203 million in foreign loans, he has through prudent management of resources put Kano State on the path of accelerated development like it has never being done before.

He was extremely prudent with resources, visionary, full of integrity, transparent, loved, worked and served the people in a destabilized manner and toched the lives of people where it matters most.

The followings are summaries of some of Kwankwaso’s landmark achievements. These are not PROMISES but real, verifiable and standing ACHIEVEMENTS.

  1. He is number 1 in education among the Governors in Nigeria- free education at all levels including university education plus being the first to introduce Free Primary School Feeding
  2. Provided scholarships to more than 2500 Kano indigenes for their university education.
  3. Training 100 Kano graduates sponsored to become pilots.
  4. 300 graduates sponsored to different areas of specialization in medicine
  5. 100 graduates sponsored for their Masters’ degree in Pharmacy.
  6. 24 graduates sponsored for their Masters’ degree in various fields of Engineering
  7. Pays the school fees (N17m per year) of all the Kano law graduates at the Nigerian law schools.
  8. Eliminated begging by paying them N10,000 per month until they graduate from skills acquisition program and pick up seed grants to start their own businesses.
  9. Abolished office of 1st Lady -Abolished security vote that runs into billions of naira and is a corruption conduit
  10. Stopped sponsoring of religious pilgrimages thereby saving billions.
  11. Spends 65-70% of annual budget on capital projects that benefits the people directly.
  12. Stopped ram buying for civil servants and saved billions of naira from this and other areas of waste which has been channeled into making education free from Primary school to University level.
  13. Invested N1.1b in the purchase of 250 brand new cars and handed it over to unemployed graduates for them to run a luxury taxi business.
  14. 800 classrooms and 400 offices have been constructed in the primary schools across the state
  15. Acquired 65 buses from the Urban Development Bank under the Federal Mass Transit Programme for transporting students to school and 20 high capacity buses which were distributed to public schools in the state under Kwankwasiyya Girl Child Initiative and additional 30 buses for the same purpose.
  16. Free meals during school hours, free uniforms and free books have encouraged children of the less privileged in the state to go to school. “A child whose parents cannot give him three square meals can now go to school because he knows that there would be food for him to eat in school.
  17. In order to provide access roads for the rural communities, started the construction of a five- kilometre road in the headquarters of each of the 44 local government areas of the state.
  18. Numerous road and flyover projects across the entire state that makes Kano state look like one giant construction site.
  19. Over 2000 health technology graduates and pharmacists have been trained & given free N50,000 & non interest loan of N100,000 to operate pharmacies uder the LAFIYA JARI PROG.
  20. Water supply to the people of Kano state rose from the meagre 40 million litres per day that was being pumped into the city to 200 million litres per day.
  21. Upgrade and proper equipping of primary health care centers and government hospitals across Kano state.
  22. Built three new cities namely: kwankwasiyya city, Amana city, and Bandarawo city.
  23. 1700 youths trained in the use of modern farm equipment and each mobilized with the sum of N140k each.
  24. To ensure transparency no commissioner can approve an amount above N200k for any project, if above N200k it must be approved by the state executive council.
  25. All medical students who are Kano indigenes get a level 9 civil service level salary per month from their 1st year of medical school to their housemanship.
  26. Built two universities and several academic institutions within three years Free education at all levels in Kano State.
  27. Trained 1120 unemployed youths as vulcanizers and mechanics and gave each of them between N53k and N63k and a tool box and machines to set up their own businesses.
  28. Spends N3.3b annually to feed primary and secondary school students!
  29. Constructed, developed and funded Kano University of Science and Technology with 7 faculties and 29 departments
  30. Northwest University with 4 faculties and 16 departments
  31. School of Nursing and midwifery Madobi
  32. School of nursing Gezawa
  33. School of health Technology Bebeji
  34. School of Informatics Studies Kura
  35. Started the awarding degree programme at College of Education Kano
  36. NCE and degree program at School of Legal Studies Kano
  37. Sponsoring 501, 502 and 503 students abroad on scholarship
  38. Skills Acquisition Schools in all 44 LGAs of the state
  39. Over 27 crafts, technical, security, sport and entrepreneurial schools were built all over the state.
  40. Transformed all sectors of the Kano economy; transportation (road construction) education and health sectors witnessed implementation of massive capital expenditures despite the little IGR of the state. What a show of outstanding financial management.
  41. Worked  assiduously to improve the state’s IGR as it rose from N400 million to more than N2billion  a month. He subsequently checked frivolous expenditures in  MDAs thereby saving up to N500 million monthly.
  42. Shifting the paradigm from the old order, the government-led by Kwankwasiyya restructured the local government system to meet the need of the people of the state.
  43. Embarked on urban and rural solar powered infrastructure with the solar irrigation, training of students across 44 local governments in electrical installation, hand pump maintenance and repair of the Tige-Challawa Hydroelectricity power plants.
  44. Social Services initiative to end street begging, hawking and other vices was quickly initiate and legislated ranging from the ban on street begging to street hawking and stray animals.
  45. Implemented policies and social reform programmes like the mass wedding programme, house numbering and street naming exercise and other empowerment initiatives anchored by the Community Reorientation Committee (CRC).
  46. Establishment of 26 manpower development institutes like the Reformatory, Corporate Security, Sports, Hospitality and Tourism, etc
  47. Over 500,000 women and youth have benefitted from many special programmes.
  48. 75 women were re-empowered with about N800,000 as a reward for utilizing an earlier empowerment benefit given to them four years ago.
  49. Boosted the economic by establishing 44 Garment Industries, one in each of the local council  of the State while  young entrepreneurs have access to finance. At least 37 Micro-finance Banks were also established in 37 Local Government Areas to give financial push to the cottage industries and brought back the glory of Kano that was once lost.
  50. Facilitated  a N6 billion soft loan scheme where State Government provided N3 billion and the Central Bank, Banks of Agriculture and Bank of Industry provided N3 billion.
  51. Trained 10, 000 butchers from 44 local government
  52. 660 Kano indigenes had been trained in modern leather works and foot wear technology.
  53. Frontally confronted the dualisation of all major road networks and putting up security plazas on all roads leading into Kano metropolis.
  54. Constructed 5km dualised road with street light in each of the 44 Local Government Areas of the State to facilitate smooth movement from the nooks and crannies of the state. Kano is probably the leading state that have closed the gap between urban and rural communities in terms of infrastructure development.
  55. Constructed and commissioned three flyovers in addition to underpasses and overhead pedestrian bridges at different locations of the city.
  56. Reconstructed some old city gates meet the 21st century standards
  57. Laid about 200km of 400 – 1000 D.I pipes to ensure enough water supply to the State.
  58. The 35mw Independent Power Project at Challawa-Gorge and Tiga Dams were constructed to meet the power needs of the people of the state.
  59. Turned Kano into the most lit state in Nigeria. A visit to Kano will confirm this! Please move around in the night to see how nights have been turned to days
  60. Stopped theft of public funds by canceling the infamous security vote, purging bogus overheads and wedging frivolous expenditures by MDAs.
  61. Rejuvenated all primary and post-primary schools, fenced and equipped almost all
  62. Constructed more than 1,600 classrooms and 800 offices to hop up the enrollment level and motivate the pupils
  63. Established of boarding primary schools in each of the Senatorial Zones of the state
  64. Converted some abandoned public buildings into standard secondary schools (Governor’s College, GGSS Janbaki and First Lady’s College).
  65. Awarded about N2 billion road project in Riruwai village of Doguwa Local Government by initiating the joint project ostensibly to alleviate their sufferings
  66. Established the first and second state owned universities; Kano University of Technology, Wudil (in his first tenure) and the North West University in his second tenure. Sprang up two universities within a span of ten years is an amazement in the history of our country
  67. On foreign scholarship, he has so far sponsored over 2,000 students to universities across the world.
  68. Kwankwaso established 23 new training institutes for vocational training and professional development.
  69. Built three new cities of Kwankwasiyya, Amana and Bandirawo were established with the aim of decongesting the metropolis and providing planned layouts to meet the housing need of the people.
  70. The government is also constructing five kilometre dualised roads with drainages and street lights in each of the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
  71. Kano’s superimposing flyover built by Kwankwaso at the city centre is captivating sight. This flyover is the first of a kind in Northern Nigeria. The second flyover, covering more than one kilometer, is another beauty to behold
  72. Built numerous pedestrian bridges and high-rise medians to change the face of Kano’s high pedestrian traffic, and to reduce accidents to be barest minimum
  73. Established Kano Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA), vested with the responsibility of maintaining our road infrastructure. Upon inception, KARMA declared state of emergency on potholes, achieving a high degree of success in a short period of time rather than allowing roads to get completely dilapidated and gulping massive funds
  74. Established Kano Road Traffic Authority (KAROTA) to ease traffic congestion, reducing accident rates, prevention of stray animals on the road and ensuring best and safe practices by road users. The agency’s positive impact was felt by motorists and Kano was subsequently turned into a modern city of International standard, with spacious and well-planned districts provided with requisite facilities as obtained in advanced nations
  75. Established Kano Geographic Information Systems (KANGIS) to enhance land administration and development and built ultra-modern office complex with state-of-the-art facilities for this new agency. KANGIS now provides the correct and precise plot coordinates using geographic Information systems and computerized land cadastral information.
  76. Brought a new era in land administration, the prohibition of development in unplanned areas and abolishment of carve-out and informal plots in Kano State can only be achieved by a purposeful leadership.
  77. Embarked on mass housing projects in order to provide alternative to people and also meet the growing need for houses in the urban areas. Over 100,000 site and services plots were demarcated at western bypass corridor, Danbare, Kuyan Ta’inna, among other areas.
  78. Over 620,000 indigenes of Kano were either trained and empowered or sourced employment for. This will positively impact on the lives of estimated three million people. As part of his effort to create jobs and boost economic prosperity
  79. Provided a N1 billion commercial Agriculture facility to support commercial farmers and also provide N2 billion loan facility in collaboration with Bank of Industry to support Small Scale Enterprises with soft loans.
  80. Embarked on neatly laid interlocking tiles to adorn the sidewalk of the roads and installed street lights while others were rehabilitated for pedestrians in Kano to walk smoothly. Traffic lights were installed on all the major roads to reduce accidents and enhance security of lives and property.
  81. Started tiling 10 metropolitan roads in December 2011 and subsequently expanded the project areas to over 80 roads in Kano city.
  82. The Jakara-Kwarin Gogau river which hitherto served as breeding grounds for vectors and haven for criminals became history courtesy of standard gauge road with accompanying infrastructure being constructed atop.
  83. He initiated a 35 megawatts Independent Power project at Challawa and Tiga Dams and initiated the construction of a metro-line (light train) across the city.

Undoubtably, Kwankwaso is capable of transforming and fixing Nigeria.