Justina Chibueze, A young Nigerian woman pens down an open letter to the executive Governor of Kanu State, His Excellency Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR OF KANO STATE, HIS EXCELLENCY ALHAJI ABDULLAHI GANDUJE.
Good day Sir,
My name is Justina Chibueze and I am a citizen of Nigeria. I was born and raised in Kano State but my parents are from Abia State.
Sir, I write this letter to you with tears in my eyes. I reside in Sabon Gari and I can tell you that this place is an eyesore. Sabon Gari wasn’t this bad when I was growing up but I returned to the city after few years of being away and the sight makes my heart bleed.
The first and most terrible condition I noticed is the horrible state of the roads. Sir, the bumps and holes on the roads are capable of causing a pregnant woman miscarriage and I am not exaggerating. You sit on a tricycle and instead of enjoying the comfort, you alight with a bad headache because the tricycle keeps falling into potholes and deep bumps.
Most people now prefer to trek to their destinations within the area because of this.
Also, the drainage system is poor. When it rains, the water doesn’t move and inhabitants are forced to breathe in the stench from those drainages. You are also aware that mosquitoes find stagnant good sites for breeding. Imagine their infestation rate and the implications.
Should I talk about the noise? Beer parlour and tavern owners do not let us rest. They play music so loud for hours and hours unending. We sometimes forget that we paid rent for the places we live. It feels as though they are the rightful owners of our houses.
I am not asking that they be told to vacate the shops. I just want for their activities to be regulated.
Electricity is an issue too. For some weeks now, the power supply has been fair. This is an improvement and we commend you. The problem is with the exorbitant rate. In a house like mine, all we need electricity for is to power the bulb and fan. Despite this, we pay as much as 1,800 – 2,000 naira monthly.
Sabon Gari is a disaster, Sir. I cannot remember the last time I saw work directed by the state or federal government being carried out here. Everything happens outside. There has been neither repairs nor new constructions for years.
Water too is unavailable. There are no boreholes, no taps, no well, no nothing. Water is bought on a daily basis by residents. How can we survive when we spend nearly 1,000 naira on the purchase of water weekly?
Despite these, the amount landlords collect for rent is unimaginable. Very high rent for an area that could pass for a slum.
Today, his Excellency the President of Nigeria, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari visited Kano. I’m almost sure that nobody will take him through Sabon Gari. He will only get to see the beautiful parts of the city and will marvel at how much work you have done in the state. He will be spared details and sights of the dungeon and mini hell called Sabon Gari.
The majority of inhabitants in the area are non-indigenes; a large population of whom are from the Southern part. I don’t want to make this a tribal/indigene issue because I believe the governor of Kano state, his Excellency, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje is a free, fair and de-tribalised citizen of Nigeria and public servant with the interest of every Kano State resident at heart.
As much as I appreciate your good work in Kano, I plead with you to extend your work to Sabon Gari area. We, the inhabitants cannot continue living like this. We contribute to the growth of the State and deserve better.
Do something, please.
For the unhappy residents of Sabon Gari, Kano State