Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has been chosen by an African group of professionals called African Professionals Renaissance Network , based in Dakar, Senegal, as the best performing governor in Nigeria, in the fight against COVID-19.
In a letter sent to the governor dated Monday 3rd August 2020, signed by the group’s Secretary-General, Diouf Bakri Koalack, the group commended the governor’s effort in the fight against the global pandemic.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar quoted the group saying after a long and diligent study of the situation across all the states in the federation, Kano State did excellently well in responding to the global pandemic.
According to them, his effort as the governor of Kano state, in the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria is so glaring that even the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control appreciated him openly for all to know and copy.
APREN, as a group of professionals across African countries, beamed its searchlight across some selected African countries and underwent a study on how states respond to the pandemic wave.
Kano state, under governor Ganduje, the group testifies, in the letter “…has done tremendous work in countering the health problem of COVID-19. Governor Ganduje quickly formed a very powerful Task Force and filled it with professionals who clearly understand the problem. Experts in public health, among others.
According to them, “Kano state proves to be an exemplary political space, in launching a serious fight against COVID-19, adding that, “When the state was faced with the first case all efforts were geared towards dismembering the pandemic’s strength.
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“We saw how the governor cooperated very well with the Team sent to the state by the federal government’s Task Force, as well as the Ministerial Technical Team. It was such vibrant synergy alongside Governor’s political will that, among other things, help shape the fight to reach the appreciable stage,” the letter says.
“The letter reminded that, just recently, “the Director-General of NCDC Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, appreciated Kano’s position being the state with more testing capacity than any other state of the federation.
“Kano state under governor Ganduje excels in the fight against COVID-19 more than any other state in Nigeria. Kano became the centre for the training of both health and non-health workers for Northern Nigeria. This could not have been possible without determined political will from the governor,” the statement quoted the group as saying in the letter.