Kano, Dec. 6, 2017 (TNE) President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday pardoned 500 inmates of the Kurmawa Central Prisons in Kano metropolis as part of Federal Government’s efforts to decongest prisons.
Buhari granted the pardon when he visited the place in company with Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and others, as part of his two-day activities in the state.
The president advised the freed prisoners, comprising male and female, to be of good behaviour and shun anything that could bring them back.
He asked them to engage in lawful ventures to enable them to become useful members of the society.
The president also gave the inmates an undisclosed amount of money as their transport fare.
In his remarks, Ganduje also advised the inmates to conduct themselves well and contribute meaningfully to societal development.
The president had earlier visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, for providing quality health care services to the people in the state.
The President made the commendation at the inauguration of a multi -million naira Giginyu Hospital, named after Buhari.
He noted that Ganduje’s priority on health care is in accordance with the ruling party’s change agenda.
Buhari said, “The change agenda is to reform Nigeria and Nigerians and to uplift the lives of Nigerians.”
The president, who described the hospital as the best of its kind, urged the beneficiaries and workers to treat the facility with caution in order to maintain its standard.
Earlier, Ganduje said the contract for building of the hospital was awarded more than10 years ago by past administrations but that his administration felt obliged to complete it.
He said, “The administration expended over N4.2 billion for the completion and equipping of the hospital with ultra modern machines.”
They include digital X-ray machines, 4D ultra sound machines, dialysis machines, CT scan machines and mammography MRI machines to mention.
Ganduje further explained that the establishment of the hospital is reduce medical tourism and provide health care services to the doorstep of residents.
The governor officially named the hospital as Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, ”in view of the Federal Government’s priority on and improvement of the health sector”.