👤 Adenike Lucas, Editor DENISAURUS News
Senior aides of the Nigerian government would have shared a total of 2.48 billion Naira by the end of this four-year tenure.
The figures captured by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission was used to pay the salaries of up to 49 Special Advisers and Personal Assistants of the government which came into office in 2015.
A thorough scrutiny of the budget also shows that 86 Million Naira was budgeted for the President’s hair cut in 2018.
While in the annual spending plan, new lawmakers in Africa’s most populated country have also been allocated 4.68 billion Naira as welcome package.
In a county where stiff economic growth means an average person lives on less than one dollar a day, elective office could be mistaken as a get-rich-quick opportunity.
It is possibly why, Frank Donga (@frankdonga_) once pontificated on his twitter page, that the “Nigerian dream is to ‘enter’ politics, make mad money, send your children abroad.”
The money is very attractive, but, for Abba Kabbir Yusuf, a Governorship candidate in the recent election that took place in Kano, the desire to serve is greater.
Engineer Yusuf polled 1,011,145 votes to defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress who scored 963,087 in the March 9th elections.
However, the elections were declared inconclusive and Engineer Yusuf who had a 4,8058 lead against the incumbent Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, before supplementary elections were held on March 23 in the Nasarawa local government area of Kano lost the election.
The re-run saw Governor Ganduje scoring 1,033,695 votes to win the election; while Engineer Yusuf got 1,024,713 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has since presented certificate of return to Governor Ganduje. But, Engineer Yusuf is currently challenging the results.
The man who has involved himself in partisan politics for the last 20 years, might get the chance to serve, if the Election Petition Tribunal rules in his favour.
Speaking exclusively to DENISAURUS News, after an award from a leading charity, a representative of Engineer Yusuf, Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa said “the whole essence of going into partisan politics in the last 20 years is actually to serve the humanity, to serve the undeserved people, the socially excluded groups and also the less privileged generally.”
He noted that the award was “the right thing in the right direction.”
The honour from the Ummulkhair Foundation which was presented on Saturday in Kaduna, “recognised his effort in helping the less privileged in Kano in particularly,” he went on to add.
The award given as the foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary is also to “serve as encouragement.”
Engineer Yusuf, a protege of the popular Kano Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, DENISAURUS News understand will continue the good work. His team remain hopeful that his Governorship bid will gain a favourable ruling at the court.
Mr Dawakin-Tofa said: “the issue of the court is something that is in the hand of the judiciary. We don’t want to be commenting openly, but we are very optimistic that victory is ours in the court as well, like we got the victory at the polls.
“We have filled our case, as I am talking to you the court has less than five months to determine the judgement and Insha Allah we are very hopeful of emerging victorious at the tribunal.”
Speaking on, the spokesperson to Engineer Yusuf said that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party will continue the Kwankwasiyya ideology of supporting the less privilege through education if his mandate is successfully retrieved through the court judgement.
He said: “Having gone through the strategy documents of the Foundation, I was overwhelmed by the areas of interest that the group has chosen be have been working and supporting. Addressing the menace of maternal and child mortality is apt and timely considering the unfavourable indices that befall the entire northern states of Nigeria as a major social challenge that affects the healthcare delivery sector.
“Our mortality rate is alarming, and it calls for rapid multi stakeholder approach to at least curtail the vaccine preventable deaths of women and children, provide basic antenatal, prenatal and postnatal services, strengthen the healthcare delivery system, improve the capacity of existing front line health workers and complementing them with additional human resources for health became very necessary.
“Secondly, women are the most marginalized group of people in our society, thus bridging their skills gap through strategic women empowerment would make them earn a living and gain financial independence. This is in line with Kwankwasiyya ideology for human development.
“As the nation is faced with numerous challenges related to peace and security, we must thump up of this group for choosing peace building as one of its critical intervention areas in Kaduna state. I hope that other states can emulate this gesture. The importance of peace cannot be over emphasized.
“We will continue to count on your good initiatives as a not-for-profit non-governmental organization in bringing meaningful ideas, programmes and mentoring to the relevant stakeholders within and outside the state.”
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