Ganduje bags award on education, healthcare delivery
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje has been honoured with the most outstanding governor in Nigeria for delivering qualitative education and recoding giant stride in healthcare delivery.
Governor Ganduje who was specailly lauded for his giant stride in health care development and educational growth by the management of New Telegraph Newspapers at the weekend in Lagos, received unweaving accolades for good governance in less than two years in office.
Ganduje’s choice of the prestigious award from the New Telegraph may not have caught many unaware considering the governor’s proven track record in various sectors of economy and social development and more in the core sectors like health and education which have witnessed significant change in recent times.
Other awardees at the event include, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, Governors of Sokoto, Gombe and Rivers. Others were Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Owner of Channels Television John Momoh and Kabiru Yusuf of Daily Trust Newspapers.
Some of the achievements of the Ganduje-led administration in the health sector include the successful completion of two major hospitals, the Giginyu Specialist Hospital and Zoo Road Pediatric hospital. The healthcare facilities, fully equipped with the state of the art equipment is ready for official unveiling by President Muhammadu Buhari, after suffering untold neglect by two successive administration.
Besides, the present administration also committed resources to upgrading and renovation of over 240 primary health centres across the 44 local government areas of the state, including the upgrading of Dawakin Tofa General Hospital, a community which for several years could hardly boost of functional primary health facility.
Being one of the most populous states in Nigeria with millions of movement into the commercial nerve center on daily basis, health care system in Kano record regular cases of manpower deficiency. Mindful of the significant of human capital resource coupled with scarce recourses, Ganduje recently approved the employment of over 2,000 health workers that cut across all segments of medical workers to ease the acute shortage.
Just recently, Governor Ganduje signed into law, the Kano Contributory Health Insurance Scheme and Kano Health Trust Fund bills. The insurance scheme, akin to the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) would lessen the burden of medical bills on the people and also discourage medical tourism.
On education, Ganduje has recorded significant difference in education sub-sector both in physical infrastructure and manpower development.
After several years, teachers in public primary schools were paid over N2 billion promotion arrears and allowances of over 40,000 teachers and equally settled a backlog over N2billion tuition fee and upkeep of students on foreign scholarships of the state government.
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