*As former LG chairmen drum support for Ganduje
By Garba Haruna Abdullahi
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said plans are in the pipeline for the empowerment of 6,000 food vendors and 6,500 phone repairers to promote socio-economic development in the state.
Governor Ganduje reveals this when former chairmen of the 44 local governments paid him a solidarity visit in his office recently, noting that it is a cardinal part of his administration to see that the development of small and medium businesses becomes a top priority.
“Since my inauguration as the governor of Kano State, I promised to empower our people at all levels, with greater emphasis on grassroots people. What we are doing is just what we promised to do.
“Very soon we will empower 6,500 phone repairers. We have taken all records pertaining to these people. We have their numbers, we have their locations, we have the history of their businesses at hand,” he said.
Governor Ganduje said his administration would continue to empower all categories of Kano electorate, so as to ensure genuine human development, adding that, “we can only save our people from poverty when we genuinely empower them.”
For the food vendors in the state who are mostly women, Ganduje said: “For your information, we made a purchase of 6,000 gas cylinders for our food vendors, while other accessories of those cylinders have been supplied already from China.”
He further disclosed that very soon the state would also empower motor park attendants for them to help in further developing their businesses and ensuring sustainability in the state economy.
Meanwhile, the former chairmen under the leadership of Ibrahim Ahmad Karaye, who was the National President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), have paid a solidarity visit to the governor and assured his of their support in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
They notified the governor that they are in touch with their communities and assured him that their people acknowledged all the developmental projects being executed by his administration.