By Bashir Mohammed
A senior lecturer with the Kano state Polytechnic, Dr. Sulieman Hashim Rano, has described the performance of legislators representing Kano at both chambers of the National Assembly as woeful and below average compared with other states in the North.
Speaking to newsmen on the Community Development Charter launched in Rano town at the instance of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) yesterday, Rano said the legislators were yet to convince the electorate that their stewardship is worth it name, adding that state like Katsina “can be proud of its representatives at the National Assembly.”
He said the issue of delivery in the name of genuine legislative representation as far as Kano was concerned was quite abysmal as the legislators had nothing substantial to prove to the electorate that they had lived up to their billing, stressing that their main mission was to serve humanity with diligence.
He said the issue of mediocrity had been grossly promoted to high heavens by those who felt that they can massage their ego by misguiding and controlling their moles at the National Assembly, lamenting that the application of merit in voting credible and intelligent people to power had been thrown to the dogs.
He however stated that the syndrome of amassing huge money in the name of holding a plum political office was doing a great disservice to the genuine concept and precepts of the nascent democratic system in the country.
The don point out that the stellar performance of the political elite in the first republic left much to be desired.
Speaking on the launch of the project, CITAD Programme Officer, Malam Isiyaku Garba Yakasai, said the programme was conceived to expose the rural populace to the nitty gritty of democratic rule and they should expect from the people leading them.
He said the programme was CITAD contribution in uplifting the status of the rural communities in Kano state to serve as a wake-up call to those leading them in the name of democracy to be fully conversant with the burden of proof that lies on their shoulders.