Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso is one of the most influential political actors whose true fame, reputations and popularity in the public eyes as well as among the ruling elites, are never underestimated. His world is a trembling flare and heaven but the highway for a shell. Tracking straight to his records, Kwankwaso is a bona-fide member of People’s Democratic Party. He served as a governor of Kano state from 1999 to 2003. When Nigerian government abolished military region to democratic system of government.
After his first tenure in office, he was appointed as the first minister of Defence of the fourth Republic from 2003 to 2007, under the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP) . This was indeed worthy and well deserving position. Somewhere in 2007, he was chosen as the Presidential Special Envoy to Somalia and Darfur by the Obasanjo administration, this was followed after he lost primary election from his party to contest in its gubernatorial seat of 2007. while thereafter, between 2011 to 2015, he was re-elected as an executive governor of Kano state. During this period, he remarkably performed an outstanding human and capital projects in the state. And in 2015, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso was then voted in to serve in the Senate Chamber, representing Kano state Central Senatorial District.
His political ideologies alone are the lighsts that illuminate people’s dreams and aspirations. He is a man with vast experiences in almost all human endeavours vis-a-vis politics, humanity, leadership, liberalism, patriotism and nationalism. Dr Musa Kwankwaso is undoubtedly a charismatic leader with forgiving and diamond heart and yet, that doesn’t call for one to take him lightly or for granted. He is a man of principles, insight, focus and positive thinking.
His senses of commitment, dedication and resilience pave ways for him to make his entry into the circle of best political gladiators that the northern part has ever produced. However, when he held the helm of leadership, numerous achievements were accomplished by him. Some of them include: establishment of Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil, the first and only university in the state at that time. While in his second tenure (2011- 2015), he reestablished another university, the “North West University” which is now known as “Maitama Sule University “. These two great universities are still functional, graduating both the indigenes and non -indigenes in the state.
Notwithstanding, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso established 26 academic and manpower development training institutes. Through these institutes, over 360,000 youths were trained and fully empowered. Some of the beneficiaries of this vocational empowerment are now self-employed; owned their businesses and hitherto, contributing towards the development and progress of the state.
Primary pupils were left behind, Dr. Rabi’u Musa was the one and the only first governor through out the federation that introduced free school feeding and uniform for primary pupils in the state. Children of the poor were given foods and school uniforms freely without pay. This was objectively meant to ease tensions and burden of responsibility to their parents. This work alone, exponentially skyrocketed the enrollment figures from one million in 2011 to three million in 2015. The literacy ratio in the state was grossly affected by this, which in turn increased the overall the state’s development.
His passion for education didn’t only stop there, it ascended to the introduction of free education at all levels of learning in the state. Primary, secondary, tertiary and university students enjoyed free education. No single student paid penny as a school fee after the declaration of free education afterwards. Added to that, he provided teaching and learning materials to the all educational institutes, centres and arenas so as to accelerate the output in teaching and learning.
More so, he built over 230 secondary schools out of which 47 were technical based colleges, 44 schools were for Islamic studies, a Chinese college, a French college, the first boarding Girls College as well as a Boys College in Damagaran and Niamey; jointly with the government of Niger Republic. He championed the construction of three flyovers to underpasses and overhead pedestrian bridges at different locations, parts and areas in the state. Kwankwanso executed 3 new modern cities such as Bandirawo, Kwankwasiyya and Amana.
In his last four years as the executive governor of Kano state, he awarded over 2,600 postgraduate and undergraduate foreign scholarship in 14 countries across the world. This was in addition to the local private university scholarship in Nigeria. His belief was that those who were opportune to study abroad, would have more chances to learn many practical skills that are not here in Nigerian schools and universities. And by extension, they would extensively see many ways to promote their country as done abroad.