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Opinion: 5 Current Best Governors In Nigeria

AdoyiGreporter
By AdoyiGreporter | self meida writer
Published 24 days ago - 15840 views

Nigeria has 36 states with 35 governors and a minister of the Federal Capital Territory. Most of the governors were re-elected during the last general election held in 2019.

When considering the generality of governors in Nigeria, you can surely relate which one performs exceedingly. This is through the examination of the different projects an influences effected by each individual Governors. This is our focus here as we have outlined 5 current best governors in the country after evaluating what they have done on ground.

1. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State

Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, born 8 July 1959, is a Nigerian politician who is the incumbent Governor of Delta State.

He was inaugurated as a governor on 29 May 2015 after winning the state elections conducted in April 2015. Before his governorship, he was elected senator for Delta North, in Delta State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He is an Ika from Owa-Alero in Delta State, Nigeria. He is also the first person from Anioma to clinch the governorship position of Delta State. He was re-elected as the governor of Delta State on May 29, 2019.

Over the years of his service as governor, Ifeanyi Okowa has proven to be worthy of his post, as he was praised many times by both his colleagues and people of Delta State. He has won the title of best governor in grassroots and people development at Good Governance Poll. He is particularly engaged in providing the youth with more opportunities for a better future.

2. Nyesom Wike, Governor of River State

Ezenwo Nyesom Wike (CON) is a Nigerian politician, lawyer and the current Governor of Rivers State.

Ezenwo Nyesom Wike is a holder of several traditional chieftaincy titles. He is happily married to Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, a High Court Judge with the Rivers State Judiciary, and blessed with three lovely children; Jordan, Joaquin, and Jazmyne.

He graduated from Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

He practiced briefly as a Private Legal Practitioner.

In my view, Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers State is one of the governors that contributed greatly to the development of education in Nigeria. Wikipedia records that Governor Wike gave free public primary and secondary education in 2019. Aside from that, this man kicked-off the construction of three (3) major flyovers simultaneously at Port Harcourt.

3. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Governor of Enugu State

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, popularly known as Gburugburu, is a Nigerian politician and a member of the House of Representatives ‎of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.‎ He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party‎ (PDP) and represents Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency in Enugu State. ‎Ugwuanyi has been a member of the House of Representatives of Nigeria since 2003 and he is the Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport.

Following his party’s primary election of December 8, 2014 in Enugu, Ugwuanyi successfully won PDP’s gubernatorial ticket, which legitimately made him the state’s PDP governorship candidate for the 2015 general elections which he emerged winner. He was sworn in as the governor of Enugu State for a second tenure on May 29, 2019.

Honourable Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was born in March 1964, and hails from Orba Town in Udenu Local Government Area of Nsukka‎ in Enugu State. He holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration ‎from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.‎

Before joining politics, he was the General Manager of Premier Insurance Brokers‎ Limited, Enugu‎ and has also been the President of the Rotary Club‎ of Emene in Enugu State.‎

Ugwanyi’s administration has in so short a period become an exercise in monstrous developments that is step by step surprising pieces of the state and graduating semi-urban zones to new urban regions while affecting a developing mass development for opening up of provincial regions of the state.

4. Umar Ganduje, Governor of Kano State

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was born on the 25th of December 1949 in Ganduje village, Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano State. He started his early education in Qur'anic and Islamiyya school at his village before moving to his local government headquarters where he attended Dawakin Tofa Primary School from 1956 to 1963. 

He further enrolled in the Government Secondary School Birnin Kudu for his secondary education, where he finished from in 1968. On obtaining his SSCE, he gained admission into the Advanced Teachers' College.

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje further attended Ahmadu Bello University, where he graduated from in 1975 with a Bachelors in Science Education.

In 1979, Ganduje obtained a master's degree in applied educational psychology from Bayero University Kano. He further returned to Ahmadu Bello University for a Master of Public Administration degree.

In 1993, he got his doctorate in Public Administration from University of Ibadan.

During the Served Nigerian Republic, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje joined the now-defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN). Between 1979 to 1980, he served as the Kano State Assistant Secretary.

In 1979, he contested for the House of Representatives election under the NPN but lost.

He the late 1990s, he joined the People's Democratic Party (PDP), aspiring to become the party's gubernatorial candidate but lost the primaries to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. He was later picked up as the deputy to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso between 1999 and 2003.

While serving as the deputy governor, Ganduje was also appointed as the Hon. Commissioner for Local Government.

He also handled other posts, including serving as the special Adviser (Political) to the Hon. Minister of Defence, Federal Republic of Nigeria and as a member of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

On the 28th of November, 2014, Ganduje was selected as the consensus candidate to succeed Kwankwaso as Governor of Kano State. He contested under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and won, defeating the opposition candidate, Malam Salihu Takai, with 1,546,434 votes against Takai's 509,726.

On Sunday, 24th March 2019, he won the 2019 gubernatorial elections to return to office for his second term.

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is married to Hafsat Umar and they have two children, Fatima Umar Ganduje and Muhammad Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Additionally, the governor has endeavored to make Kano State progressively appealing to financial specialists and dispatch activities to improve the economy, framework, and joblessness in the state.

5. Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State

His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was born in 1960 in Faskari LGA of Katsina State. He attended LEA Kawo for his primary education. The incumbent governor then attended the prestigious Barewa College where he graduated top of his class after winning the valuable BOBA “Academic Achievement Trophy” in 1976. He then obtained a Quantity Surveying degree with First Class Honors. He established and successfully ran a Project Management Consulting firm from 1982 to 1988 with his partners, handling civil engineering projects across Nigeria.

After that, he attended various post-graduate and professional programs in Harvard University, Georgetown University and the University of London. An MBA in 1984, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science (1985), a Bachelor of Laws (2008) and several programs on Privatization, Leadership and Management. He also held management positions in two international telecommunications companies, AT&T Network Systems International BV and Motorola, Inc.

He was the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), in charge of the privatization of government assets from 1999-2003. The success he achieved at BPE compelled President Obasanjo to nominate and appoint him as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007. He was also a key member of the influential economic team of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a member of the Federal Executive Council, the highest decision making body in Nigeria.

He was Chairman of the Renewal Committee of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and was instrumental in the Merger Committee that formed into the All Progressive Congress (APC), of which he served as the pioneer Deputy National Secretary. Since the inception of the APC, he has also served as a Secretary and a member of the Strategic Committee and the Election Planning Committee. He is a key of ally of the President Muhammadu Buhari and was recently appointed as a member of the 5-man ad-hoc of the National Economic Council investigating the Nigerian National Petroleum Council (NNPC). In October 2001, he was conferred a national honor, OFR (Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) and was conferred a D.Sc. (honoris causa) by the University of Abuja, Nigeria.

The Governor Nasir El-Rufai has led Kaduna’s recovery from the Great Recession created by the previous administration to a position of national economic prominence. His unwavering focus on economic development includes attracting businesses and investment to the state while helping homegrown businesses flourish.

He also abolished school fees at Kaduna’s primary and junior secondary schools, as well as introduced free daily meals, earning himself a title of the best governor in education development.

When Nasir el-Rufai was tested positive to the Corona Virus last year, he publicly announced it to the nation as a good leader, and followed the instructions by the government to isolate himself so as to prevent the virus from spreading.

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