The lndependent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) on Wednesday issued certificate of return to Kano state Governor-elect Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, his deputy Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and 27 elected state Lawmakers of APC.
To this end, 13 state lawmakers-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP boycotted the presentation ceremony held at the indoor sports hall of Sani Abacha stadium.
Presenting the certificate of returns to the elected officers, the INEC national commissioner supervising Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states, Engr. Abubakar Nahuce urged political class in the country to always imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and eschew a do-die politics.
Nahuce, who congratulated the elected officers across the two political parties cautioned the winners to be magnanimous in their celebration.
According to him, no human blood is worth shedding for the victory of any politician noting that INEC had conducted free and fair elections both at the presidential, national assembly and state levels.
In his remarks, Governor of Kano, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said that his administration will remain focused on human development policies anchor on improved quality of education, socioeconomic growth, boost agricultural system and making Kano investment destination.
Rolling out his agender for the next for years, Ganduje said “We must ensure that all our young people receive quality education. We must ensure all our girls are educated, so we can unlock the 50% of economic output currently not being accessed by our society due to the low participation of women”.
According to him, “Our future does not lie on oil or any of the things we currently fight about. Our future cannot be built with handouts or dependency. Our future lies in the minds of our people.
“Our heroes of the past have shown that it is possible to develop sustainably and self sufficiently. This is how we know that building a sustainable future is possible. In order to access that future, we must develop the minds of our people.
“Our future lies in providing 21st-century knowledge and resources to our young people, so they can lead the development of a modern Kano State”.
Ganduje added that “We must also make sure that our state becomes an attractive destination for investment and business, with a focus on the investments which improve our human capacity.
“Agriculture is already the mainstay of our people – our plan is to attract investment which increases our outputs and unlock economic growth for all of us. We cannot wait until, May 29 to welcome this new future. The future begins now, today.”
He revealed that, “Over the next few weeks, I will be unveiling a series of plans to ensure every child from Kano receives quality education, including computer and technology education, to ensure that in 15 years, Kano is the most educated state in sub-saharan Africa, and the most attractive destination for the world’s leading technology-driven businesses.
“Our government cannot do this alone. We will also unveil extensive plans and incentives for partners and private investors to come build businesses in Kano. If you want to set up innovative businesses or educational institutions, Kano is waiting to welcome you.
“We will also unveil a plan to partner with our local communities to ensure even the poorest of our communities have access to schools to educate their children to make sure we all grow together.
“Whether you are rich, middle class, or in our most local locations, Kano will welcome you and together build a collective wealth of the future. I call on every citizen of Kano State, every resident and supporter, the time to build the future is now. Let us do this together”. Ganduje concluded.