Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday challenged the former Governor of the state, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, to display his engineering certificate.
Ganduje, in a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Abba Anwar, questioned that: “Where did he attend engineering course and graduated?”
The governor also alleged that “this is somebody who failed his Common Entrance examination during his primary school days.
“It was because Kwankwaso failed his examinations then that he was later sent to Craft School. It was known to all that those days, it was those who failed, sometimes woefully in their primary education that were sent to such Craft schools.”
Ganduje made this allegation during the official inauguration of the ‘Committee for the Payment of Scholarship Allowances to Internal Students’, held at the Government House in Kano, adding that “only somebody with shallow knowledge would just do what Kwankwaso did to our education in the state.”
According to the governor, Kwankwaso’s failure in managing education during his tenure stemmed from of his (Kwankwaso) inability to comprehend that education policies need plans.
“We are doing this simply because he is too proud of himself to be self-acclaimed wise man. But which wise approach does he have when his education is shallow and remains shallow at the same time?” Ganduje asked.
He further revealed that when he first came to power, together with his (Ganduje) former Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar in 2015, almost a year into their administration, “…Kwankwaso ignorantly blamed us for negligence in handling education sector in the state. “Just imagine a person who failed his primary school examination, and was only managed to attend Craft school would come out boldly and accuse a professor and a PhD holder that they didn’t know how to best handle education. Is this not deception and ignorance?”
He added: “When Kwankwaso was sending students abroad, he didn’t bother to do an excellent planning for it,” blaming that on Kwankwaso’s inability to differentiate between good work and un-arranged behaviour in the education sector.
“Most states from Nigeria that sent their students to study then withdrew them because of how the rate of dollar skyrocketed then. But in our own case, I said we would not withdraw a single student, instead, we continued paying with tears. As at now, many of them have graduated,” the governor disclosed.
According to Ganduje, “Kwankwaso’s administration left behind billions of naira as outstanding for the foreign students. The state is still paying with the sole intention that we will not allow display of ignorance from the part of the past administration to wreak havoc on our sons and daughters.”