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Ranking of Top 5 Nigerian Governors For The Month of July, 2020

TOP 5, BOTTOM 5: How Nigerian governors ranked in July, 2020

This is an attempt to rate or rank all the 36 states governors in Nigeria considering only the top 5 and bottom 5 as ranked by Ripples Nigeria best on random indixes or yardsticks.

With enormous power and resources at their disposal, governors have so much expectations placed on their shoulders. These range from policy formulations to execution of sustainable projects targeted at improving the lives of citizens.

The July, 2020 report features the traditional scan of the political space and focuses, this time, on the select few on either side of the performance divide, judging by policy initiatives and execution.

TOP 5

1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu —Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu makes the Top 5 for the month of July, 2020 on account of his commitment to the vision of building a Smart City, principally through urban renewal and rural development.

We acknowledge his pursuit of this vision, despite the COVID-19 pandemic which has preoccupied governments across the world.

We note the progressive work being done on the Ojota, Mile 12, Agege and Lekki-Epe axis of the city.

Though the urban renewal projects have come with attendant hardship, we are, however, convinced that they are necessary sacrifices to ensure better service delivery.

2. Seyi Makinde —Oyo

Governor Seyi Makinde earns a Top 5 mention having shown a steady commitment to education, with several remarkable interventions in that sector. These include schools upgrade, and access to free education.

In dealing with the COVID-19 challenge, we admit the clarity of purpose in his efforts to ensure that schools are not just re-opened but that these were done with a clear cut direction, as exemplified in the full year school timetable released for the state.

The responsiveness of the Makinde administration to the challenges faced by some female citizens of the state who were reportedly trafficked to Lebanon caught our attention in July. We note that the timely rescue is exemplary and capable of restoring the confidence of citizens in government.

3. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman —Kwara

COVID-19 cases in Kwara now 85, as police discover 8 illegal smuggling routes

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, makes the top 5 for initiating an intervention programme to lift some of the burdens confronting stakeholders in the educational sector, especially proprietors and teachers in private schools

We acknowledge that his plan to extend grants and interest free loans to private schools is capable of preventing job losses and reviving a sector badly hit by COVID-19. We encourage the governor to fully discharge this plan as the Board shall track and review his performance in that regard.

4. Dapo Abiodun —Ogun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State scores highly for his commitment to lifting the quality of life in the border towns through road infrastructures which had suffered neglect over the years.

We note the current remedial works in communities bordering Lagos, especially in the Sango, Agbado, Akute, Denro-Ishasi- Ojodu Abidoun axis. It is our belief that the attention given to roads in these and other communities will impact the economy positively as gains are made in man-hour originally lost to traffic, and low productivity.

5. Babagana Zulum —Borno

Boko Haram now hijacked by foreign elements, Borno’s Gov Zulum says

Governor Babagana Zulum makes a return to top 5 on account of his continuous sacrifice, sometimes at personal risk, to see to the restoration of peace in the insurgency-ravaged state.

We note his courage in undertaking obvious life-threatening trips across the state as he identifies with troubled communities, commissioning projects and leading from the front in efforts to impact the lives of citizens stranded in Internally Displaced Persons camps. We also acknowledge Zulum’s daring attempts at speaking truth to power, and aiming to decisively deal with alleged sabotage and failings of the military in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in the Northeast.

BOTTOM 5

1. Nasir el-Rufai —Kaduna

El-Rufai moves to outshine Lagos seaports

Governor Nasir el-Rufai gets a mention in the Bottom 5 due largely to the unabated security challenges in the state.

We are disturbed by the continued killings and destruction of property in the Southern part of the state, allegedly by bandits and militias who have proven either too tough or slippery for the government and security agencies to contain.

While we acknowledge that El-Rufai is largely a Chief Security Officer without powers of coercion, the governor gets our knock for his repeated commentaries that tend to further stoke the crisis and diminish hope, confidence and faith in his administration to effectively deal with the challenge of Southern Kaduna.

2. Udom Emmanuel —Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel gets a Bottom 5 mention over the decision of the Akwa Ibom State Government to breach the accountability process by locking out media men out of state functions on the pretext that some of them had contracted the COVID-19 disease.

While we note the frosty atmosphere existing in the state between the government and media practitioners over claims of lack of transparency in the reportage of COVID-19, it is regrettable that the governor will allow his action to be tainted by unwholesome intentions that query his patriotism and commitment to transparency.

3. Aminu Masari —Katsina

Katsina is, no doubt, a State in turmoil. Reports of killings and abductions have become very rampant, leading the populace to embark on protests over the lack of appropriate action by government and security agencies.

The near free reign of bandits and Governor Aminu Masari’s lack of grip of the challenge earns him several minuses.

We are amazed that despite the presence of various arms of the nation’s security forces in the state, the governor has been unable to manage the situation.

We hold that the prevailing banditry in the state is a reflection of years of mis-governance and the failure of government to consciously connect with its citizens, especially the youth population.

4. Bello Matawalle —Zamfara

Bello-Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle gets a mention in the Bottom 5 for his prodigal spending of N100 million on a private university in the state, an action we consider not well thought out.

A private university, in our reckoning, is a private business, an investment that should be borne by its promoters. Though the state had argued that it was done to promote education in the state, we reckon that such a gesture could have lifted the sector better if it had been channelled to the many public institutions requiring urgent intervention in upgrade of facilities and faculties.

We are appalled that Governor Matawalle might not have considered that his action could open the floodgates to several other requests from private and religious institutions who maybe tempted to see him as a profligate father Christmas.

5. Okezie Ikpeazu —Abia

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State gets a mention in the Bottom 5 ranking for July 2020 for his unilateral sacking and suspension of three local government council chiefs in the state.

We condemn the sacking of the Chairman of Umenneochi Council, Mathew One, and the indefinite suspension of Aba South and Aba North chairmen, Cherechi Nwogu and Victor Ubani, as tantamount to trampling on the principles of the rule of law, due process and fair hearing in a constitutional democracy.

We are concerned that with such actions, as taken by Governor Ikpeazu, our democracy faces stunted growth, especially as state govenors see local government administrations as mere apendages of their offices.

Source: Ripples Nigeria

Bandits: I Can’t look at them in the face because we have failed to protect THEM – Gov. Masari

Gov. Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, Katsina State, Nigeria.

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, speaking at the weekend on the rise in bandits activities in the state, said: ‘I am a very unhappy person because we have never had any moment of respite within the last five years that the leadership of this state can describe as comfortable.’

At least 70 persons have been killed within the last two weeks alone in separate attacks by bandits across a number of communities in the state.

Governor Masari, who spoke at the weekend during an interactive session with reporters at the Government House, said in regard to the victims: ‘I don’t know what to tell them. I cannot look at them in the face because we have failed to protect them, contrary to our pledge to ensure the security of lives and property throughout the state.’

He said that the government had done everything possible, including opening a dialogue with the bandits, in order to address the security crisis in the state.

‘I never expected the behaviour and the attitude of the people living in the forests, the bandits, whose behaviour is worse than that of animals.

‘In the forest, a lion or a tiger kills only when it is hungry and it doesn’t kill all the animals, it only kills the one it can eat at a time.

‘But what we see here is that the bandits come to town, spray bullets, kill indiscriminately for no purpose and no reasons whatsoever like the recent massacre of the people at Faskari and parts of Dandume local government areas. They just killed the people.

‘How can a human being behave the way that an animal cannot even behave.

‘That is why I say that they are worse than the animals in the forest. For me, there are no longer innocent persons in the forests.

‘Our role in this is to complement the efforts of the security agencies for which I believe we are doing nothing less than 90 per cent in terms of whatever is expected of us, based on resources available to us.’

According to Masari, ‘under the Exclusive List in the Constitution, security is the responsibility of the Federal Government.

‘Five years ago when this government came to power, it met Boko Haram and Niger Delta problems, cattle rustling.

‘Even members of the Armed Forces have limited capacity in terms of the equipment available to them and the money given to them.

‘The military and the police do not have the numbers and they don’t have the manpower and equipment required for them to operate in all the troubled spots which cut across all geo-political zones of the country.

‘Banditry cuts across the whole of the north though it does not affect Jigawa so much.

‘We entered into various phases of dialogue with the bandits, on the prompting of the security agencies.

‘By the time we completed, we reached an agreement on so many solutions.

‘I thank God that even if we were not able to meet their demands 100 per cent, we were able to meet up with between 70 and 80 per cent.

‘The ensuring peace did not last for more than seven months then it broke down again and that is the position we are in at the moment.

‘Five years ago when this government came in, it met Boko Haram as there were Boko Haram attacks in Kankara and Daura towns.

‘At that time, government was also grappling with cattle rustling and killings were on a daily basis.

‘The resources dwindled and with high state of insecurity and the people hoped that the new government then would solve all those problems.

‘Some people felt that we had the capacity to even perform miracles.

‘We had cattle rustling but we were able to achieve relative peace for about two years then came kidnapping and banditry resurfaced.’

The Katsina governor noted that he has no intention of seeking any elective positions at the expiration of his second term tenure.

‘As far as my plans are concerned, I have no intention of contesting any elective office after this tenure.

‘I am not retiring to the Senate and God willing, by 2023, I will be 73 years old and it will be time for me to give the opportunity to the younger ones behind me,’ he said

President Buhari Met Gov. Masari Over Bandits – PRESIDENCY

President Buhari Meets Masari Assures of More Efforts to Improve Security.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), has yesterday in a statement about the puspose of Gov. Masari visit to President Buhari, states that:

“President Muhammadu Buhari has assured people and government of Katsina State of renewed efforts, and review of operations, to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country.

The President, in a meeting with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, at the State House on Thursday night, said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across the country, will not be spared.”

Garba Shehu further states that:

“President Buhari warned bandits to surrender their weapons, or face “disgraceful and violent ends’’.

The President said more decisive military operations against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States will be under taken.”

“President Buhari commiserated with Gov Masari over the loss of lives from attacks by bandits, which include District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino, and APC Chairman in Batsari Local Government Council, Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani Duburawa.” the statement finally reads.