NGF crisis is needless- Kwankwaso
Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has described the just concluded Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) election as a good omen for democracy just as he viewed the exercise as a minor issue that should not attract the attention of a national leader the way it has done, pointing out that the furore generated from it is all a needless crisis.
Kwankwaso revealed that the controversial election provided a new vista for governors whose prime aim is to move things forward in the country, pointing out that the determination of such governors is devoid of primordial consideration, as he noted that pettiness would see the nation sliding into abyss.
Speaking yesterday at a media interaction session with journalists in Government House as part of celebration for his two years in office, he said 'what we need to understand is simple, what we did was part of our democratic responsibility. I did not expect such controversy, but it is an issue that should be overlooked by leaders.'
On the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwankwaso said no one had an axe to grind since it was good for democracy, adding that the formation of APC will embolden democratic values.
The governor also revealed that since coming on board as governor his government had strived to cut unnecessary expenditures at government house in the name of security votes.
Kwankwaso added that money being paid to ghost workers was stopped in order to inject sanity into government spending.
Also, commenting on what his government is doing to rid Kano of beggars, Kwankwaso explained that begging is an abomination that must be discouraged.
He said: 'No responsible father would ever allow his children to resort to begging as a profession.'
The governor explained that his administration had also awarded contracts worth billions of naira for the supply of ductile water pipe to boost water supply in Kano metropolis, saying other areas affected by shortage would also be taken care of.