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The 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has advised the incoming governor of Niger state, Umar Mohammed Bago, to hit the ground running immediately after swearing in.

The former governor of Kano state told the governor-elect to focus attention on area of human resources development through deliberate education policy for youths. 

Kwankwaso stated this Thursday in Minna while speaking as the chairman of inauguration lecture for the Niger state governor-elect.

He called on the governor-elect to emulate governors who performed excellently during their tenures, if he must be a performing governor.

He argued that lack of competence and knowledge has made some governors who claimed to know all after elections to fail with nothing to show in their states after four or eight years of governance.

He said,  “shun stealing and syphoning of public funds but should embarked on empowering the people for good and genuine governance, while investing heavily in education”.

Recounting how he used education as a weapon of mass mobilisation for youth development and empowerment as Governor of Kano state, Kwankwaso urge the Niger state Governor- elect to use Kano as case study in his determination towards good governance. 

Delivery the lecture entitled “Addressing the challenges of Socio Economic Development At Sub National Level In Nigeria”, former chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission ,INEC, Professor Attahiru Mohammed Jega argued that good governance should be driven by selflessness.

He added that visionary leaders ought to address the needs and aspirations of the people and citizens. 

Jega said, “bad governance is responsible for the present economic woes in the country. There is the need for public office holders to be transparent and accountable at all times”.

In his remarks, the Niger state governor elect Bago pledged to surpassed the expectations of the people by raising the bar in governance, assuring that he would operate open door policy for a renewed Niger state.

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