Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has vowed to throw out those he referred to as fifth columnists in his government as a way of moving the state to the next level, even as he promised to compensate those who supported him and President Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded elections.
Governor Ganduje who spoke at a meeting of the stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Government House, Kano yesterday, Sunday night, said that he had mandated APC stakeholders in all the 44 local government areas of the state to within two weeks, nominate 10 people each, to be given positions.
He stressed that the nominees must be selected based on carefully-defined criteria, including loyalty, experience, political dexterity, academic qualification and zoning, among others things.
The governor made it clear that the shake up in the government operatives, including the weeding out of the fifth columnists, would be carried out soon to create conducive environment to serve the people better.
“The shake-up will affect all Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, Personal Assistants, heads of government agencies and directors, among others. In the same vein, the State Hisbah Board and local governments will face major reorganization,” the governor disclosed.
“We started with permanent secretaries because they are the backbone of the civil service. If the backbone is weak and disloyal to the government, what should you expect? We shall, therefore, appoint only selfless, hardworking and trustworthy people into positions of responsibility.”
Dr. Ganduje said that his government would now focus on consolidating on its achievements in heath, education, skills acquisition, security and women development, among other sectors.