Kano major reference point in innovative infrastructural development – Magaji
– As NSE honours Ganduje
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Speaking a moment after the National Engineering Conference in Kano has been declared open on Tuesday, the Kano State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Eng. mu’azu Magaji, said Kano has become a major reference point on innovative infrastructural development in the country.
According to him, Governor Ganduje renamed the ministry from Ministry of Works to Works and Infrastructure because infrastructure is the bedrock of any development.
The commissioner observed that the conference which focused on how infrastructure can be anchored as the bedrock of development, is timely as the governor has not only changed the name of the ministry but is also putting infrastructural developments across the state.
Magaji said: “Kano State has become a major reference point on innovative infrastructural development in Nigeria. The are various infrastructural developments going on across the state.
“His Excellency has outlined the various contributions of our engineers in the very complex infrastructural developments going on in Kano. We pray that this is a sign of future partnership between the Kano State Government and the society.”
The commissioner added that the conference had been zoned to Kano as an appreciation of the inclusiveness of engineers in the projects going on in Kano and the achievements the governor has recorded in the state.
He added: “This administration has built the Dangi thee-stage interchange uniquely designed to provide smooth flow of traffic at that very notorious junction and another is on-going at Shahuci with a firt-of-its-kind tunnel to connect the two hospitals.”
However, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) honoured Governor Ganduje with an award of excellence for patronizing indigenous engineers.
The President of the society, Adekunle Oluminiyi Makuolu, expressed satisfaction that the Kano State Government gives greater emphasis on NSE members in what he described as ‘Ganduje’s Model of Infrastructural Development’.
Adekunle said: “Your Excelency, you have done a lot in terms of Infrastructural Development’ in Kano State. And in recognition to your contributions to our society, among other things, we are decorating you with this award.”
Speaking after the presentation of the award, the former Special Assistant to the governor on automobile, Idris Hassan, said the governor has shown concern to engineers especially automobile mechanic, adding that the governor has trained many youth in the field.
He said: “It is what the governor has done attracted the society to the state. The governor merits the award. The governor has built an ulterior model acquisition centre to train youth in 20 different skills due to be commissioned by President Buhari.”