New Nigeria People’s Party in Kano State has advised Access Bank to ignore the N10bn loan request by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State to install closed-circuit television cameras in the state.
It also stated that other financial institutions should desist from lending money to the state for the sake of the incoming government.
According to the party, the request was a misplaced priority and another ploy to mortgage the future of the state by accumulating debts.
In a statement issued on Friday, June 17, the NNPP chairman, Kano State Chapter, Umar Doguwa urged the state lawmakers to reject the governor’s proposal. He posited that there were more pressing needs in the state, including pupils’ WASSCE fees and water scarcity.
He disclosed that the N15bn previously borrowed by the governor was not judiciously utilised, adding that the state still had many out-of-school children while some could not afford their exam fees.
The statement read in part:
Governor Ganduje seems to be using his seat of power to mortgage the future of the state and of our children. The general public would remember that in the past, our party’s presidential hopeful, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso deployed CCTV in strategic locations throughout the state.
However, the current administration, which seeks a N10bn loan to install new ones, failed to handle them well, so the good people of Kano can’t trust a governor with the installation of new ones to their detriment.
Also noted in the statement:
We implore honourable members (of the state House of Assembly) to put the needs of Kano’s good people ahead of the governor’s insatiable desire to wreck the future of the state before we defeat them in the 2023 elections. We also call on Access Bank to resist any temptation to advance any loan to the borrowing Governor Ganduje who is hell-bent on mortgaging the state to satisfy his end.