By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has been awarded honorary fellowship of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
A statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano, Ameen K. Yassar said that this is in recognition of numerous engineering works initiated by his administration in Kano, which has not only created jobs for engineers but also enhanced the physical and economic status if the state, the Chairman of the Institution, Dr. Robinson Ejilah, announced.
During an investiture ceremony on the sideline of the institution’s Annual General Meeting and International Conference in Kano, Dr. Ejilah said the institution appraised the innovative urban development projects of the Ganduje administration and found them worthy.
“We appreciate your robust skills acquisition programme yet to be seen in any part of this country and the deliberate efforts to ensure that the right infrastructure are in place to ensure the ease of doing business in Kano”, he stressed.
He said the institution was willing to partner with the state government to facilitate mechanical engineering students exchange programme with several institutions across the globe, to enhance their proficiency.
“We are excited that Kano State Polytechnic in now a major hub for the training of technicians and it is the first polytechnic among all state polytechnics and ranks 17th among all other polytechnics in the country”, he maintained.
Responding, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said his vision was to ensure that Kano becomes a sustainable and competitive city, given the fact that sustainable competitiveness projects require good designs and visions as well as implementation capabilities.
He said his administration deliberately prioritized the construction of flyovers and underpasses, among other engineering projects, to tackle megatrends in developing the state, especially the capital city, saying the investment has started paying off.
“We intend to see that Kano becomes a mega city where services are working – services such as transport, electricity etc., which are need for long term development”, the governor stated.
Dr. Ganduje noted that much need to be done to bridge the gap existing between Mechanical Engineering and the nation’s economy, citing example with the agricultural sector, where said emphasis must be put on mechanization to guarantee food sufficiency.