Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has paid over N8 billion outstanding debts owed contractors by the immediate past administration of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Chairman of the Nigerian Indigenous Contractors, Kano State chapter, Auduwa Maitagaran, said the contractors were now convinced that governor Ganduje is a leader that could be trusted by anyone.
According to him, the N8 billion was paid to settle the debt of about 500 contractors who executed several projects under the administration of Kwankwaso.
Although he expressed gratitude to Ganduje for paying the debt, he revealed that many of the indigenous contractor had gone to prison for failing to settle their debts, adding that many of them have had to lay off their workers.
He stated that governor Ganduje had been compassionate by promising to settled the debts despite the paltry grant Kano was currently receiving from the federation account, stressing that the payment had clearly demonstrated his firm resolve and commitment to reward the excellent jobs they had executed for the state.
He pointed out that no serious-minded government could successfully operate without carrying along the indigenous contractors.
He lamented that previous administrations had failed to carry indigenous contractors along, preferring foreign contractors who smiled to the banks.
He urged the Federal Government to consider Kano as an indispensable centre of business and commerce stressing if indigenous contractors are fully recognized and assisted, the country would be a better place to live.