OPINION

How Kano Lost An Opportunity To Become Hub For Fabric Manufacturing In West Africa

By Abdulmalik Suleiman

As a visionary leader, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso has never hidden his desire to uplift the standard of living of Nigerians, particularly, Kano State where he had the opportunity of presiding over for eight years.

In and out of government the water engineer turned politician has deployed all the resources at his disposal to ensure that the quality of lives of the people is enhanced. This can be viewed from a series of programmes, policies and actions he had carried out to achieve that for the people.

Famed for being the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria, Kano State holds the pride of place as the convergent point for business in the region but sadly, that position has been weakened in the last five years

In his bid to uplift the glory of the state, the former governor, Sen Kwankwaso tried stringently to return the state to its pristine old glory by trying to position it as the fabric manufacturing hub by turning the 44 council areas into different yet individual clusters.

During his tenure as governor, Kwankwaso imported first class fabric equipment to be installed in each of the councils in the state with a view to turn them (the councils) into areas of prosperity for the residents who would benefit from such efforts directly and indirectly.

His government drew large inspiration from India, China in the policy formulation stage of the initiative with the hope that in the end, the country would be self-reliant in the area of cotton production as well as fabric production.

To give vent to the idea, the imported machines were purchased but were never installed until the expiration of his term of office on May 29, 2015.

Regrettably, the Abdullahi Ganduje led government which is an upshoot of the last government never saw the need to continue with the project which would have generated employment opportunities for million citizens of the state.

Rather than study and implement the programme as prepared by its predecessor, the current government has decided to abandon it for reasons best known to it.

The equipment said to be worth several billions of Naira are being left to rot away at the warehouses outside the state with rumour mill suggesting that many of the equipments have been carted away to be use by private individuals.

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