Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje, yesterday declared that he was in reconciliation talks with his estranged political godfather and predecessor, Musa Kwankwaso.
Emerging from a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, Ganduje told newsmen that his relationship with Kwankwaso had come quite a long way and he would not allow the face-off degenerate.
Ganduje, who was Kwankwaso’s deputy for two terms had recently surprisingly engaged his benefactor for political superiority, leading to factionalisation of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and the state legislators taking sides.
Asked what becomes of the political wrestling between the duo, Ganduje said “the situation is under control, it is an in-house problem which is under control. We are talking about it.
“Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long; we are politically, brothers and friends. Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart.
“Kano is the most populous state in the country. Kano was the one that provided the highest number of votes for the President.
“Kano is the state that has 100 percent APC in whichever elected posts you can think of. We shall put heads together to make sure that there is peace and stability in the state.”
Nonetheless, the governor explained his stoppage of some scholarships awards started by Kwankwaso, saying that some of the courses being studied by the beneficiaries in ‘sub-standard’ universities abroad were available in Nigeria.
According to him, “it is a system that we have to evaluate because right now, we have a liability of over N2.6bn. What we have discovered is that some of the courses that are being undertaken abroad are not necessary because such courses exist here in Nigeria with much lower costs.
“We are reforming the whole system so that we will make it more realistic. It is one thing to send those students abroad, it is another thing to get optimum benefit from what we are doing.
“I assure you that our foreign scholarship will extremely depend on the demand of manpower. We will send people abroad for only highly skilled courses, otherwise we do not need to send students abroad for conventional courses like International Relations, Geography and History.
“We also have two universities that we have not yet developed. Our internal students are also suffering because our money goes to foreign universities. Some of these foreign universities are even sub-standard.
“The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) had even cautioned us from the beginning that these universities in India, China and other European countries are substandard to some of our universities here. We are cautious of that, so we are reforming the system.”
The governor said he also discussed issues of security and agriculture in the state with President Buhari, giving the assurance that cattle rustling and kidnapping were abating while dry season farming is being improved for cultivation of rice, wheat, tomatoes and others.
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