By Ese Awhotu
Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has ordered for the reconstruction of Ahmadu Bello way in Kano metropolis, as part of his administration’s urban regeneration drive.
The move, he pointed out, would not only complement existing road infrastructure in the state capital but also facilitate access to the multi billion Naira Saudi Arabian Consulate complex being constructed along the road.
Governor Ganduje explained that the project would consist of among other things pavements, street lights, culverts and other secondary facilities accompanying roads that could be found in major cities of the world.
The governor disclosed this when he visited the residence of the Saudi Consul in Kano, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Ghamidi, where he was hosted to a dinner, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, according to a statement by Ameen K. Yassar, DG Media and Publicity, Government House, Kano.
“We can see that you are investing huge resources to provide a big infrastructure along that road and we feel it is our responsibility to upgrade the road to facilitate movement, since teeming visa applicants will be visiting your offices from time to time”, he stressed.
Dr. Ganduje noted that that the new visa regime of Saudi Arabia which entailed biometric data capture was welcome development which would not only check illegal entry into the country but also assist in curtailing crime and criminality.
He was, however, quick to debunk the allegation that most of the criminals holding Nigerian passports, arrested in the holy land for various offences were indigenes of Kano, pointing out that “thorough checks conducted by the government have confirmed that many of such people are indeed from other states and even foreigners, who obtained Nigerian passport fraudulently”.
The statement issued to the media yesterday, said the governor spoke elaborately on the long standing economic and spiritual relations between Kano and Saudi Arabia, which he stated, predated diplomatic ties between Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi, pointing out that the relations would be sustained because both geographic entities need each other.
On his part, Shiekh Yusuf Al-Ghamidi, said Nigeria was an important associate of the Saudi kingdom and that efforts would be geared toward sustaining the rapport for mutual benefit.