With just 35 days in office, Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai has been named ‘Nigerian Governor of the month’ based on a comparative analysis of governors’ performance in the country.
The study tagged CIAPS Governors Performance Index (CGPI) is a monthly performance review of what governors across the 36 states of the country are doing in their offices and it is conducted by the Lagos-based Centre for International Advanced and Professional Studies (CIAPS).
In a statement by the CGPI coordinator, Olumuyiwa Ayoola, the centre explained that the variables used as indexes for performance were mathematically calculated and this month’s variables included “Readiness for Office, Innovation in Office, Ability to be in tune with the mood of the nation, Security and Leadership by example”.
Ayoola said the action of each state governor was monitored and studied from their first day in office and the findings were graded and compared to those of fellow governors across the country.
In 30 days of the new administration, the CGPI results show that Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State scored a total of 82 percent to win the CGPI Governor of the month award, whilst Governors Abdullahi Ganduje and Aminu Tambuwal of Kano and Sokoto respectively both scored a total of 62 percent for joint second place. All in third place with a total of score of 60 percent, are the Governors of Edo, Lagos and Oyo States.
Since assuming office on May 29, Mr. el-Rufai has made remarkable steps by reducing his salary and allowances and that of his deputy by 50 per cent. He has also stopped the annual Ramadan welfare packages given by the state government. This, he described as a fraud because the purpose has been compromised.
Mr. el-Rufai has also taken measures to block leakages in government by ordering a biometric verification exercise of all civil servants in the state’s employ among others.