The embattled governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday night won “The Most Security Compliant Governor” in Northern Nigeria award.
The governor, who is currently under probe by the State House of Assembly over corruption allegations, bagged the “Best Governor in Infrastructure Development” award by LEAD Innovation a few days after his bribe-taking videos were released.
A statement by the governor’s press secretary said the governor was recognised for the Security Excellence Award by Myproject Institute of Security and Strategic Studies due to his achievements in the areas of security in the state.
“The internal security setting in Kano has attained greater height sequel the proactive response of the governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his team of security advisors,” Muhammad Ali, chairman of the occasion, said at the National Defence College Hall.
“We are meeting here tonight to celebrate those…individuals that have worked hard to make a difference for their states or the nation they serve.
“Particularly those who have exhibited extra-ordinary leadership qualities, humility, courage in their drive for proper service delivery to their father land.
“Kano state under governor Ganduje has witnessed a great advancement in terms of addressing the cases of insecurity ranging from reduction in gang violence, identity fanaticism, kidnapping, herders/farmers clashes, rape cases, armed robbery, human trafficking to cattle rustling.
“It is in realisation of this fact that Myproject Institute of Security/Strategic Studies deems it worthy to honour Kano state and Governor Ganduje with the Award of the Most Security Compliant Governor in Northern Nigeria.”
In his acceptance speech, Mr Ganduje commended the organisers for their efforts in arriving at the final result of their study, which places Kano above all other states in terms of security consciousness and articulation of other techniques in securing lives and property.
“I have to thank you for appreciating our modest achievements and dedication in the area of security.
“This is a comparative study you embarked upon before arriving at this conclusion. As Kano is cosmopolitan, we have to appreciate the fact that any cosmopolitan geographical space on this planet has its own peculiarities. Kano is not an exception, anyway.
“We first and foremost look at the security agencies and see where to help and/or complement their patriotic efforts.
“While we consistently liaise with those agencies, that helps us in mapping out strong security methods in dealing with security challenges in the state.
“We have nine entry points to Kano, where we built nine security dormitories and in each dormitory we have 70 policemen. Which eases detection of security challenges across entry points and within. These security personnel are provided with all that is needed for a befitting dormitory.
“We sat down with cattle rustlers, we had dialogue with them, when we listened to them and advised that such heinous act was inimical to development. Having realised the danger embedded in what they were doing, many of them surrendered. And many of them are now contributing to the state economy. That is why cattle rustling is history now in Kano.
“For insurgency you need strong community cooperation for accurate and patriotic intelligence report as well as community policing strategy. That is why we encourage strong synergy between our security agencies and our traditional institutions. From our Emir down to community leaders.”
“We have developed, in Kano, what we call Inter-Faith Dialogue that holds yearly between the adherents of our major religions. We sit with them and tell them the utmost need for peaceful coexistence between all adherents.”