The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered a member representing Dawakin-Tofa/Tofa/Rimin Gado Federal Constituency, Tijjani Jobe, to stop a road project in his constituency.
The Rimingado-Gulu road has been in deplorable condition for over 30 years, despite its socio-economic importance to the potato-producing community of Gulu and other surrounding villages.
Against this background, the lawmaker brought the project to be executed under the Federal Ministry of Agric’s COVID-19 palliatives for rural development.
But this newspaper gathered that the governor wants to take credit for the execution of project despite the fact that the federal contractor has already moved to site.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the governor called Mr Jobe on phone on Tuesday night and directed him to demobilise the contractors from site or order their arrest.
In a telephone chat with DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Jobe confirmed that the governor had actually ordered him to stop the project.
He said the governor’s decision was at the detriment of the community he deprived of quality project that would last long.
According to Mr Jobe, the state government has already directed another contractor to take over the project without proper surveys and assessments.
When contacted, spokesman for Mr Ganduje, Aminu Yassar, said he was not aware of the project in question.
Mr Yassar said he believed the governor would never scuttle the project as he always supports people-oriented projects.
“Even if it is true the said project has been suspended, it must be in public interest.
“It could be suspended, either for a threat to life of the people around the area or there is some contentious issues such as payment of compensation to the people around the area.”