Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has opened up on his strained relationship with his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. In an exclusive interview with DAILY TRUST, speaking on the genesis of the rift between him and Kwankwaso, Ganduje said,”There are two basic issues if you are conversant with the politics. First, we can say the issue of sycophants from both sides, and secondly, the issue of policy fine- tuning. If you inherit a government, you must have also inherited a number of policies, projects and programmes. There could be some changes because of some reasons.
“When the economic situation changes, then some policies are bound to change, and some programmes are also bound to change. Another reason for policy change is the issue of priority and perception. So this issue of policy fine-tuning is always a big problem between a predecessor and his successor. It is a very important theory in Political Science, so that is an issue. It is not an issue that you can go out to advertise. And to the outgoing governor, it is painful that you have changed this and that.
“I don’t want to go into details so that I don’t open up a new chapter for quarrel. But in a nutshell, this is the reason – fine-tuning in policy matters. It will look as if you were changing the policies because you didn’t want what the other man has done to be seen as a success. But it is not so. I promised that our government would be one of continuity, a government of consolidation. It is a government of fine-tuning and new initiation. During my campaign, this was what we were saying. What I mean by government of continuity is that the projects started by the previous government, which I was a party to, will continue.
“The government of consolidation means that some projects and programmes at very low levels would need consolidation; hence there is the need for fine-tuning because of economic situation. There could also be some aberrations in the policy and there is the need for fine-tuning. A new initiation means that I will introduce new issues. And this became a problem to sycophants who said I was not following the Kwankwasiyya ideology. We were the proponents of the ideology. I read Political Science, so you cannot tell me about ideology. Basically, these are the two reasons.
“He sponsored 100 pilots but where are the aircraft? It is just like somebody reading Law without going to Law School. So they finished, but he couldn’t pay for their type-rating, instead he employed them as teachers. Before he left, they were arguing that I should pay for the type-rating. And even if we paid; where are the jobs? The industry is saturated. That is one. Secondly, he sponsored thousands of students abroad, which was quite okay, but what was the value of Naira at that time and what is it now? We now have to pay over $1million to one institution. The total cost is over $3billion. And you know that when we came in, money went down.
“What was coming from Abuja is down and many states cannot pay salaries. But still I said I would continue. Not only that, when you are sponsoring further studies you have to consider the manpower gap and needs of your state. You don’t just go and spend money on someone who will come and queue into the manpower needs of the state. What is the need of paying somebody to go and read International Relations, Geography, Computer Science, Chemistry or Biology, which are obtainable in Nigerian universities? In fact, some of the universities were not even running the courses until they collected our money. And they were instigating the students because we couldn’t pay immediately due to lack of money. Some states recalled the students because they could not pay, but even though we have the highest number of students abroad, up till now no student has come back because of the inability to pay. Of course we are paying, but we are spacing it. Is that not fine-tuning?”