What N180million being spent on upgrading Deputy Governor’s mansion can do for Kano

Kano governor, Ganduje in one of the parlors at the deputy governor's residence
Kano governor, Ganduje in one of the parlors at the deputy governor's residence

The Kano state Government on Thursday announced that it would be shelling out N180million to renovate the official residence of Deputy Governor Hafiz Abubakar.

The state government said the renovation became necessary to raise the property to a level befitting of Mr. Abubakar’s “status”.

The planned expenditure triggered widespread condemnation from citizens who consider the spending unreasonable, especially for a state reeling under a N300billion debt burden and having 67 per cent of its people in absolute poverty.

The outrage intensified following disclosures that the huge amount is being spent on a building that only three months ago was befitting home to the former deputy governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is now governor.

The decision was further greeted with anger as it came alongside reports that the government was sacking 2,620 street cleaners who received N10, 000 monthly stipend.

PREMIUM TIMES’ brief analysis of the purchasing power of N180 million shows that the amount could go a long way in changing the lives of the people of the state if judiciously spent in other ways.

If deployed towards enhancing healthcare delivery in the state, N180 million can be used in building 18 primary health care centres at the cost of N10 million each in several locations in the state. That might help reduce maternal mortality and save more kids from dying from treatable diseases such as malaria.

There is apparent dearth of both medical personnel and infrastructure in the state due to population explosion and absence of corresponding expansion on facilities.

Still on healthcare, N180 million can provide over 26,000 children with insecticide-treated mosquito nets at N6,900 each.

If that money is spent on boosting yield of farm produce, the amount can also cover the cost of procurement of about 30,000 bags of fertilizers for Kano farmers at N6,000 each.

The money -N180 million – can also offset a six-month wage bill of the 2,600 sanitation workers sacked by the state government in the guise of “verification” recently.

In order to provide conducive learning environment in schools, 24,000 sets of school furniture, comprising table and chair at N7,500 each, can be procured at the cost of N180 million.

Yet kids sit on bare floors to study in some schools located in remote communities while the deputy governor gets a N180million uplift of his residential mansion.

Investigation by PREMIUM TIMES shows that many schools do not have sufficient chairs and other instructional materials.

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  • Debekeme

    God Bless Premium Times.

    Do not let these thieves ever think we dont know what they are doing or we that we are not watching them.

    Expose them all and call them by their rightful names: Criminal Bastards

  • Edward Imade

    The people of Kano State should take to the streets to stop this nonsense. I am a Buhari supporter and it is okay to demonstrate against APC. Where are the sacked sanitation workers? This is an insult.

    • Malik Isah

      Thank yu my brother. Dem no dey see the Buhari wey dem dey follow. They want to give him a bad name @

  • Malik Isah

    If this is true, I think kano people need to ask the governor and his deputy if that is what they voted for. Thieves, they want to use gold to build house, in the midst of excruciating poverty
    If yu go check now, these players were raised in mud houses.

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  • chukzee

    By the way is that the Nigerian coat of arms in the picture? Those animals look like camels instead of horses! I thought the motto was: Unity& Faith, Peace & Progress. Its like Kano has discarded the Unity & Faith part

    • real

      Spot on. I don’t know there are people who look thoroughly with their eyes.

  • McAlfred Uta

    These statistics are better ways of utilizing N180m than renovating the deputy Governor’s house. What is puzzling is that Governor Ganduje who as deputy Governor occupied this house up to 28 May 2015, now finds the same residence not befitting enough for his successor. Kano house of assembly should as a matter of urgency stop this reckless looting of public fund and the masses of Kano citizens should show utmost opposition without delay.

  • B. Messi

    I don’t know why people are complaining.
    Pls be patient like we are patient with Baba Go Slow.
    He is an APC governor. They are all saints.
    Apc is the party of change.
    Enjoy the wind of change.
    BREATHE IN…..BREATHE OUT……..

  • BLAME D YORUBA TRAITORS

    THE MONEY IS COMING FROM THE AWOOOF CRUDE OIL REVENUE BASE IN THE SOUTH SOUTH–THE FULANI NORTH HAVE NOT CONTRIBUTED A KOBO TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA SINCE 1914—SADLY THE THIEVES FROM THE FULANI NORTH ARE OFTEN AIDED BY THE YORUBA TRAITORS

    • joe

      But why traitors?.Treachery can only arise where you have previously a common pact or you have vested your trust in somebody. What previous pact exists between Ibos and the Yorubas?Did the Ibos trusted Yorubas so much as to expect them to see things the way Ibos see things? Share the same views and goals? Goals like Biafra? “Jonathan should rule for 4 years more” ? .. No we do not have any obligations or pact with one another. Therefore the issue of treachery do not arise.

  • IskaCountryman

    it can help us reduce the number of abandoned women…

  • hatelooters

    Kwankwaso left N300b debt? What in the world did he spent it on? This state has more that 5 million beggars littered everywhere on the streets..No major infrastructure in years..Buhari better start building more prisons if he’s serious about this anti-corruption war..

  • Dan maikoko

    Kwankwaso left a debt of choice to Ganduje. Kwankwaso has always run a govt of debt in the sense that on-going projects are lined up for payment as and when due at the discretion of the executive council. So this very day Ganduje can start to run a debt free govt by terminating all on-going projects and starting on a new slate.