By Fanen Ihyongo, Kano
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Sunday reacted to criticisms by the Kwankwasiyya Movement faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over efforts to rejuvenate non-performing public assets in the state.
The Kwankwasiyya group had said it would not fold its arms and allow public assets to rot away.
It added that it would revitalise such under-performing assets through Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with willing investors in the best public interest, as part of a noble futuristic move to make the ancient city catch up with modernity for a befitting mega city status.
But Governor Ganduje, in a statement by his Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said such abandoned and structurally defective properties, some of which had been in comatose, would be turned around by committed stakeholders.
Garba said Daula Hotel, which had been abandoned for years, has become a hiding place for criminals, even as the School of Hospitality and Tourism situated within its premises only occupies 10 per cent of the structure, would now be developed to a residential building for enhanced revenue generation.
“As for the once vibrant Triumph newspapers unceremoniously closed down by the Kwankwaso administration in 2012, one quarter of which was converted to a public convenience, was revived by the current administration and now relocated to a more convenient place befitting a newspaper house to pave the way for the development of a more economically viable and modern Bureau de Change Market that can generate more revenue to the state and provide employment opportunities to the teeming populace,” he said.
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Garba said the state Zoological Garden is being relocated from residential areas for public safety because when it was established, the garden was on the outskirt of Kano with no human inhabitance, while the place will now be put to more economic use, stating that no zoo across the world is to be found in a residential area.
The commissioner chided the Kwankwaso administration for its infamy for land grab and personalising public property, and indicated that there are available records on how his government sold many valuable residential buildings in the Government Reserved Area (GRA) as well as vehicles belonging to the state government valued at millions of naira at giveaway price.