By Haruna Gimba
Governors Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State have commended the effort of the Kano-Jigawa Professionals Forum (KJPF) for embarking on the Post COVID-19 (ANNOBA) Project aimed at addressing the socio-economic challenges brought about by the pandemic in the two states.
A statement issued by the KJPF Chairman, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, said the governors made the commendation at separate virtual presentations of the abridged report of the forum to them.
Dr Shamsuddeen Usman said the project’s framework covers the eight workstreams such as; Education; Socio Economic; Governance; Health; Media & Communication; Infrastructure & Logistics; Technology; and Legal & Regulatory.
Dr Usman further explained that the underlying objective of the ANNOBA project was to learn lessons from the pandemic and to plan for managing the impact of the present and future circumstances on the socio-economic well being of the people of both Kano and Jigawa States.
In their separate responses, the governors expressed delight with the report and promised to sustain collaboration with the KJPF in implementing the recommendations of the report, as well as in advancing the overall socio-economic development of the two states.
The duo also commended the unique initiative of members of the forum in lending their vast knowledge and experience in providing solutions to the critical challenges affecting the lives and livelihoods of their states as concerned professionals.
They enjoined the KJPF to continue with thie collaboration, which draws on the vast knowledge and experience of its members, to enhance the development of their states, in particular and the nation, in general.
Participants at the virtual meetings with the governors included their deputies, speakers and some members of the State Houses of Assembly, Secretaries to the State Governments, some members of the State Executive Councils and other officials from the two States.
The Chairman KJPF also informed the Governors that the report of the ANNOBA Project was the outcome of work, over the last eight months, comprising 159 professionals from within and outside the two states, who worked purely voluntarily.
The KJPF was founded in 2018 with its focus as mentoring youths from the two states to become well groomed professionals.
The membership of the KJPF is comprised of citizens of Kano and Jigawa states that have risen to the pinnacle of their professional associations, particularly by serving as national Presidents of their professionals associations.
The membership of the Kano-Jigawa Professionals Forum-KJPF has Dr Shamsuddeen Usman as Chairman, with Engr. Mansur Ahmed; Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar; Prof. Musa Borodo; Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye; Malam Muhammad Garba; Engr. Habu A. Gumel; Arc. Ibrahim A. Haruna; Prof. Munzali Jibril; Malam Ado Jibrin; Alhaji Abdulkadir Kawu and AB Mahmoud SAN as members.
Other members are; Alhaji Ahmed Rufa’i Muhammad; Engr. Hauwa A. Sadiq; Malam Garba Shehu; Engr. Mustafa Balarabe Shehu; Bldr. Tijjani Shu’aibu; Malam Isma’ila Usman; Maj. Gen. U. T. Usman (rtd); Pharm. Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai; Malam Isma’ila M. Zakari; Muhammad Sani Zorro and Malam Kuliya A. Zubair as Director-General.