Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to increase Kano’s employment quota in the Federal Government’s employment.
The governor stated during a courtesy visit the Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, (FCC), Muhibba Dankaka.
Specifically, the governor asked the FCC to give the State a much higher consideration in its employment formula due to what he called Kano’s high population.
Ganduje noted, “My only observation is that we, from Kano, are equal to three or four States. We know it is very difficult, but we are asking for much higher consideration in the employment formula.”
Buttressing his claim, Ganduje pointed out, “Kano has a population triple or four times of some States, therefore, should be given a higher consideration in terms of employment.
“We have 44 local government areas; 484 wards, 24 members of the House of Representatives and 40 members of the State House of Assembly. None of the States in Nigeria has such a structure. In fact, we are the biggest democracy in Nigeria”, adding that, “We are just reminding you; we are not complaining”.
According to the governor, due to the high unemployment level, the country’s economy is down, and the private sector is weak.
Explaining further, he stated, “So, you can imagine the number of graduates that we have and are unemployed, but looking for employment. The pressure falls on the FCC. But, I am happy. No state is complaining of marginalisation at the moment.”
Earlier, in her speech, Dankaka said they were in Kano to inspect some of the FCC’s on-going projects in Kano.