The Nigerian media is awash with yet another good news that the Kano State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, the Governor of Kano State,Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,has acquired the residence of the late Danmasanin Kano, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, in order to convert it to a Democratic Centre and a Museum.
The Headlines have it that the Government acquired the residence of the former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations to convert it to Yusuf Maitama Sule Centre For The Advancement of Democratic Politics and Good Governance.
The State Commissioner of Information,Malam Muhammad Garba,who disclosed this in a statement which was widely circulated to newsmen on Wednesday, said construction work had already commenced at the site of the acquired building located along Emir’s Palace road, Kano.
It is noteworthy that the gesture came 5 years after the Government renamed the Northwest University, Kano, to Yusuf Maitama Sule University,Kano,in honour of the Elder Statesman who died on July 3,2017.
Comrade Garba said the initial contract sum for the project put at N621, 604, 295.89 million would be in two phases comprising a Museum and the main centre, beginning with the construction of the Museum.
He explained that the State Government embarked on the project in view of the importance of preserving the treasured culture and history of the people of Kano State for future generations, research works and tourism.
The commissioner further stated that the centre is expected to among other things, be engaged in capacity building, documentation and digitization of the cultural heritage of the people of the state.
He said the edifice was also meant to be engaging in possible productive partnership with educational institutions and sister organisations within and outside the country for the conduct of research works.
It will be recalled that the State Government recently renamed the Kano State University of Science and Technology(KUST),Wudil, to Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology,Wudil, in honour of Kano-born business Mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
The latest gesture by the Government should be viewed within the context of its development strides, as only last week it announced a plan to spend over N1.2 billion for the construction of some roundabouts and rehabilitation and maintenance of some major roads in the state capital.
The projects, according to the Commissioner, were meant to address the bad state of the roads caused by torrential rains and flooding, towards easing traffic flow in the city.
The sum total of these ongoing actions of the State Government points to one fact: “Kano Is Working,” in spite of the prevailing economic downturn in the country and the negative perception of government’s activities in certain quarters.