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Sani-Sidi: Changing dynamics of Kaduna politics

 

As the race to the number one seat in Kaduna State Government House gathers momentum, the former Director-General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi, OFR, has thrown his hat in the ring. The people of Kaduna don’t deserve less than a quintessential public administrator as Sani-Sidi. He is a disaster management guru; a politician with heart flowing with milk of human kindness. He has turned a political gladiator and unarguably the man to beat by any candidate produced by any of the political parties in the next year’s governorship election.

The gentleman, whom many have described as an accomplished administrator, has indicated interest to slug it out under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. He is confident, just as everyone that keenly follow the political developments in Kaduna are without doubt that Sani-Sidi is the only man with an enviable profile that can unseat the ruling party in the state. He is an uncommon achiever who has been tested and trusted. Delegates at the party’s primary election cannot but give him a nod to fly the party’s flag. He is a strong advocate of people-oriented governance. He sees and believes that any public service without putting the people at the centre is a misplaced priority. His exemplary lifestyle is his unique selling point and easily sells him to the people.

 

No wonder the clamour for Sani-Sidi to become their governor became a daily song in the lips of the people of Kaduna until he finally succumbed. This is not unconnected with his intimidating profile and the robust relationship with the common man on the street. In him, there appears new hope and a breath of fresh air for the state.

He appears to be the most qualified to occupy the number one political seat in Kaduna judging from his political antecedent and vast experience in public. As at the time he was appointed as NEMA’s DG, he was a member of the Kaduna State Executive Council where he served variously as Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources; Works and Transport as well as Culture and Tourism. During same period, he was also assigned at various times to supervise the Ministries of Health and Finance.

 

His leadership qualities, especially in the area of disaster mitigation and management, began to manifest while he was in the state cabinet.

 

Thus, he was credited with the successful demolition of unhealthy and defective structures that were hazardous to the people of Kaduna State and was also responsible for the prompt and timely interventions of the state government in curtailing the spread of contagious diseases at a time.

At various time, he chaired the committees on decongestion of Kaduna metropolis; removal of carcasses in public places; decongestion of the federal highways, particularly in Tafa and Mararaban Jos; and the cleaning and clearing of garbage in Zaria.

Prior to his appointment into the Kaduna State cabinet, he served as Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance between 2003 to 2007, having been a senior manager in the then National Electric Power Authority (NEPA).

While he held sway as NEMA’s boss for seven years, his charisma, team spirit, intellect, humility and transparency endeared him the more to his co-subordinates. His landmark, uncommon achievements and record had since set a new and uncomfortable standard for his predecessors.

He has the potential to revolutionize the socio-economic fortunes of Kaduna State. While many human and natural resources remain untapped in Kaduna, Sani-Sidi has plainly made known his blueprint to swiftly swing into action to change the narrative. And the residents of the state have reposed their confidence in the public servant and declared him as capable of placing Kaduna once again on the roadmap to economic boom.

His international relations prowess also puts him ahead of other aspirants in the Kaduna gubernatorial race. He knows how to project the image and potentials of the state to the international communities and attract direct investments to Kaduna.

His achievements while served as the Director-General of NEMA are too numerous to recollect all. He repositioned NEMA to achieve an active collaboration with the United Nation Systems and international development partners for enhanced emergency preparedness, response and mitigation.

Another feat that stood Sani-Sidi out was in the area of contingency prepositioning of relief items and sustained rapid humanitarian response to ongoing emergencies across Nigeria especially during the unprecedented floods of 2012 and ensuing insurgency in the North-East. During these periods, the agency provided a consistent leadership in camp management and coordination of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

 

•Danladi, a political analyst, writes from Kaduna

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