Just back from China where he sealed a deal with the Chinese government on the construction of light rail in Kano, Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Thursday lambasted the Kwankwassiyya Political group loyal to immediate past governor of the state, Sen Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for condemning the project which he insisted was well-conceived.
The Kwankwassiyya group has in recent times launched a massive campaign against the project describing it as a misplaced priority and sheer waste of fund.
However, Ganduje who constituted a 13-man Implementation Committee on the light-rail project headed by an industrialist, Alh Isyaku Umar Tofa who is the District Head of Tofa Local Government Area, reacted to the criticism, describing the group as, “political vandals.”
He also swore that no amount of campaign of calumny will stop his administration from embarking on the project which he insisted will give Kano the status of a mega-city.
He further described the critics of the rail project as, “day-dreamers,” adding that, “So, for those doubting Thomases, for those day-dreamers, for those distracters, for those liars, for those ignorant people, for those political vandals who are anti-development of Kano State, we will like to inform them that this project is a project that will make Kano a mega-city.”
Giving reasons why Kano deserve the light rail project, he said: “We visited the headquarters, we inspected some of their projects in China and also we have seen that they are the contractors that are doing the light-rail project in Saudi Arabia and we have even entered the trail which they built the rail from Tianjin to the headquarters in China.
“We held meeting with three banks—the Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Import and Export Bank. We held meeting with these three banks; and right now, the three banks are competing in giving us proposals.