Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State on Wednesday poured encomium on the first civilian governor of Kano state, the late Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, eight years after his death describing him as a democrat and leader with foresight and sincerity of purpose for the emancipation of the common man (Talakawa) and Kano state.
Ganduje who addressed a mammoth crowd of Rimi’s disciples and political associates who thronged Coronation Hall, Kano Government House to celebrate the late astute politician, said the history of Kano politics would not be complete without the footprints of Rimi.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji during a programme tagged “Kano State Commemorates The Achievements Of The First Civilian Governor,” organized by Kano state government in collaboration with the Committee of friends and supporters of Rimi, further stated that, ”Rimi came to a lime light when he contested and won the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) which can be seen as a replica of the present All Progressive Congress (APC).”
According to him, “the giant strides made by this worthy son of Kano with members of his cabinet in all facets of human life became a role model for us to emulate. His dynamism was attested to by his ability to work with individuals and groups that were even opposed to the PRP ideals, but who were capable of contributing to the development of Kano.
“This event is one way of preserving his legacies and acknowledging the historical role he played as an ideological yet practical politician, astute administrator, a prudent manager of resources and a visionary leader.”
Ganduje further noted that, “Rimi who served between 1979 -1983 was a pioneering legend who made tremendous achievements in areas such as made literacy programme through the agency for mass education, the science and technical school board, the primary education board, Kano State environmental protection board, rural electrification board, the city television, kasco among many others.
“Rimi, also is being remembered for his ability to chart a course towards driving Kano to becoming a self reliant state so that it would stop relying on handouts from the Federal Government through an aggressive agricultural development policy and commercial activities transformation through the creation of Kano State Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO) and Kano Agricultural Development Authority (KNARDA).
“These agencies, worked towards developing agricultural production through the provision of high yielding seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and pesticides and above all, a comprehensive and community based extension services to farmers.”
In his remarks, the former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido said that, “today anybody in Nigeria, either civil servant– from ordinary messenger to the Permanent Secretary; from the President down to the governors and council chairmen has all got their freedom for
democracy from the legacies of Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) and Northern Element Progressive Union (NEPU) which late Rimi lived to promote.”
Lamido added that, “if our politicians are failure, they know and if they are performing they also know,” adding that he was happy that NEPU and PRP had cleared all forms of nepotism and made people to be human
being with honour and pride.”
In appreciation, Rimi’s first son, Muhammad Abubakar Rimi (Jnr) hailed Kano state government, Kano people and friends of Rimi for honouring his father and promised to continue with his good legacies.
Among dignitaries who graced the occasion include first class traditional rulers, top politicians, business men, bureaucrats, including commoners who believe in Rimi’s political ideology.