The Kano State Government is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development for building of institutions in the state, the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said.
This, he said, was due to the critical need “to strengthen the institutional and human resource capacities of the government for the realisation of our development objectives.”
During a fund raising and luncheon to support the SCDDD at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, Ganduje disclosed that his administration was determined to ensure robust institutions that would transform Kano into a force to be reckoned with in the scheme of efficient service delivery.
“Government appreciates institutions, such as your own at this critical time. This centre, I understand, is determined to assist in building institutions for the development of our democracy and the overall development of our country,” the governor maintained
To this extent, Ganduje urged the centre to initiate programmes aimed at addressing the issue of what he described as “nomadic politicians whose itinerant movement of venturing in and out of political parties has become the order of the day in recent times, in the country.”
He also commended the Chairman of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, for his foresight, noting that the initiative would assist the Nigerian government to address critical issues relating to good governance, economic progress and sustainable development.
In his remark, Gambari explained that the inspiration to establish the centre came from two former UN Secretary Generals, BoutrousGhali and the late Kofi Annan, who underscored the link between peace, democracy and development.
“The main objectives of the centre, among others, is to design and implement programmes that would promote peace, democracy and sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa, strengthen security and peace, as well as engage in strategic research and collaborations with other centres and institutions,” the former UN Under Secretary-General said.
Highlights on the occasion include presentation to plaques to eminent Nigerians, including Governor Ganduje, Justice Muhammad Uwais, the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II and AlhajiMuhammaduIndimi, in appreciation of their contributions to the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development.