Today Wednesday 25th April, 2012 (4th Jumada Thani, 1433 AH) is the Fourty fifth (45th) sitting of the Kano State Executive Council and falls within the normal sequence of meetings during which important policy issues and programmes are deliberated upon.
Comprehensive and easily retrievable records show that the present administration upholds a steady tempo in pursuing projects that touch on everyday life of our people whereby the apparent general thrust aims at improving the quality of services rendered by the Government on Healthcare delivery, Education, Water supply, Agriculture, provision of employment and skill acquisition opportunities, beautification and aesthetic improvement of urban Kano among other things.
Prudence and transparency as guiding principles dictate the phase at which this administration delivers its services from inception to date. As such, only a modest number of nineteen (19) memoranda from eight (8) MDAS were deliberated upon by the Council today. Importantly, twelve (12) projects with monetary cost of N836,381,231.27 were approved for executions while the remaining four (4) without monetary value received acceptance of the Council. They include;
1. Office of the Head of Civil Service
Request for fund to settle backlog of money owed to Civil Servants studying overseas:-
Council graciously noted the request for the release of the sum of N78,723,089.00 to the Office of the Head of Civil Service to enable the facilitation of payment of money owed to eighteen (18) Civil Servants studying in various courses at different institutions overseas. The money covers the backlog owed by the previous administration and Council responded by appointing the Honorable Commissioner for Higher Education to study the submission and report his findings to the Council for its deliberation next week. In fact, this administration inherited a crisis ridden education sector that was fast approaching the stage of complete breakdown, with most of the institutions either on strike or facing shortage of critical manpower. The tertiary institutions were facing overcrowding in classrooms and lack of instructional materials. Thus, since the inception of this administration efforts are being made to resuscitate the State education system as more classes and new schools are being constructed. Already, the Administration has approved the sponsorship of 500 State natives to study higher degrees overseas to provide manpower to newly established higher institutions in the state.
Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
Three (3) issues (projects) were submitted by this Ministry but only one project was considered and approved by Council – as follows:-
a. Reconstruction of Challawa Bridge:-
Council notes the failure of the Challawa bridge since August, 2009 and is aware of the inconveniences caused to the people of the area especially during the rainy seasons when movement comes to a stand still. As such, the people spirited Council approved release of the sum of N581,294,889.00 to the Ministry of Works to enable it pay Messrs. Triacta Nigeria Limited for the execution of the reconstruction of challawa bridge project.
2. Office of the Secretary to the State Government
Four (4) issues (projects) under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government were presented and received the blessing of the Council as follows:
a. Request of funds from Kano State Library Board in respect of execution of some vital programmes/projects:-
Council considered the request and graciously approved the release of the sum of N12,730,388.40 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for payment to the Ministry of Education in order to enable the Kano State Library Board carry out the under listed projects.
1. Renovation of 8 Divisional Libraries N4,795,988.40
2. Supply of computers and accessories to 20 locations N1,901,900.00
3. Acquisition of books for 18 Divisional Libraries. N3,932,500.00
4. Supply of Generators for 18 Divisional Libraries. N1,800,000.00
5. Repairs of grounded mobile Library vehicles N300,000.00
Approval was given in consideration of the fact that Library services are very important for educating any community.
b. Request for funds for fencing of Land proposed for Women Centre at Unguwa Uku, Tarauni Local Government Area by Kano State Agency for Mass Education:-
Council considered and approved release of the requested sum of N5,135,941.30 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for payment to the Ministry of Education so as to enable the Kano State Agency for Mass Education execute the project of fencing the proposed Land for Women Centre at Unguwa Uku. This will deter encroachment by unauthorized persons into the area and safeguard it pending complete establishment.
c. Request from Ministry of Health for funds for the payment of accreditation fees and purchase of recommended text books and equipment for the Schools of Midwifery Kano and Danbatta respectively.
Council considered the significance of the two schools as sources for the vitally required professional midwives that practice in our hospitals and approved release of the requested aggregate sum of N7,264,230.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Health so as to enable it carry out the tabulated projects below:
1. School of Midwifery Kano
i. Accreditation fees -N500,000.00
ii. Accommodation/feeding of accreditation team N240,000.00
iii. Purchase of books/equipment N3,284,230.00
2. School of Midwifery Danbatta
i. Accreditation fees N500,000.00
ii. Accommodation/feeding of accreditation team N240,000.00
iii. Purchase of books/equipment N2,500,000.00
Grand Total N7,264,230.00
d. Information memorandum submitted by the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Science and Technology on findings from his mandated visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology (3rd – 5th March, 2012):-
Council acknowledges receipt of the information memorandum referred to above and appreciates the contents thereof. Considering this, Council approves the recommendations forwarded by the Kano State Ministry of Science and Technology viz:
i. Provision of ICT infrastructure in both Primary and Secondary Schools to enhance Global knowledge acquisition.
ii. Establishment of a digital village to provide IT Training for youth and members of the public.
iii. Establishment of Kano State E-Learning Centre to facilitate the process of Governance.
iv. Establishment of Digital Library which is the trend all over the World.
v. Establishment of command control centre for security and emergency response.
vi. Establishment of Biometric Data Base of all resident and citizens of Kano State.
Implementation is recommended to be done in phases while the SSG was directed to study and advise the Council.
3. Ministry for Higher Education
Two (2) issues were submitted by this Ministry for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows:-
a. Submission on Late Admitted students into Nigerian Law School 2011/2012 session and request for funds to settle their bursary allowances:-
The concerned Council notes that eight (8) Law graduates from various institutions were able to secure late admission into the Nigeria Law School and to settle their bursary allowances is necessary. As such, the sum of N2,560,000.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry to enable it meet the purpose.
b. Submission of information memorandum on the notification of provisional approval to run NCE program at Aminu
Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies:-
The Council acknowledges receipt of the information memorandum referred and appreciates the provisional approval t run NCE programs at Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies granted by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Efforts of both the Ministry for Higher Education and the College on the issue are noted by the Council.
Ministry of Environment
Three (3) issues (projects) were submitted by the Ministry of Environment for consideration and deliberation by the Executive Council as follows:-
a. Procurement of three (3) units of 12m3 Garbage Collection Compactor vehicles for the Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB):-
The Council is informed of the challenge faced by the operational capacity of REMASAB due to the inadequacy of the number of serviceable heavy machines and plants of which the Board has only two (2) that operate alternately. Need to improve the operational capacity of the Board prompted the Council to approve release of N69,595,312.50 to the Ministry of Environment so as to enable REMASAB procure the requested three (3) additional units of 12 m3 garbage collection compactor vehicles.
b. Request for funds to purchase chemicals and equipment for the continuation of the vector and mosquito control program for the period of April to December, 2012:-
The Council recalls the standing funding arrangement between the State Government and the eight (8) metropolitan Local Government Council on the control of mosquito and is fully aware of having released the sum of N90,000,000.00 to cover the past nine (9) months (July 2011 to March 2012). The request is favourably considered by the Council due to the impending rainy season. Therefore, the sum of N90,000,000.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Environment to enable REMASAB purchase chemicals and equipment for the continuation of the vector and mosquito control programme for the period of April to December, 2012.
c. Request for funds for the procurement of working materials for 1155 street sweepers/sanitation workers under REMASAB:-
Council approved release of the sum of N4,351.880.00 to the Ministry of Environment to enable REMASAB procure working materials/hand tools for its 2.310 workers. The materials/tools include standing brooms, shovels, rakes, hoes, cutlasses, wheel barrows, trolleys, hand gloves, rain boots, nose masks and polythene bags. Council considered the essential requirement for all the tools in effective performance of the workers in making the decision.
Ministry of Planning and Budget;
The Ministry submitted two memorandums, which were approved by the Council as follows:-
a) The Council deliberated on a memorandum on the Forth coming MDGs-LGAs Conditional Grant Scheme Training of Enumerators for Baseline Facilities Inventory for North-West Geo-political Zone in Kano from 26th -29th April 2012. Because of the significance of the program the Council has approved the release of N7,136,240.00 for the training of the enumerators.
b) The Council deliberated on the request by the Ministry for Baseline Facilities Inventory in each of the 41 LGs under the CGS-MDGs intervention program. After, the exercise the information gathered in the Baseline Facility Inventory will inform the preparation of MDGs consistent LGAs plan, and will provide the evidence bases to justify the disbursement of grants to States and Local Governments from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President on MDGs. Based upon the submission, the Council approved the release of N34,714,900.00 as logistics for the conduct of the Baseline Facilities exercise in the State.
Report of the Council Committee on the Payment of Outstanding Contract Gratuity and Consideration of Continued Engagement Of Persons into the Civil Service on Contract Basis;
The Council deliberated the report of the above stated committee and noted that most MDAs recruit or retain contract staffs due to:-
a) Areas of critical needs
b) Scarce skills
c) Sustainability of essential services, and
d) Expanding demand for manpower resources by the State service
The Council approved the payment of N21,597,450.07 to the 314 contract staff as outstanding contract gratuity. The Council also noted the need to continue where necessary the engagement of contract officers in critical fields/skills.
Ministry of Science and Technology;
You are a living witness that training and retraining have been accorded priority by the present Administration in its zeal to execute meaningful and purposeful projects and programmes to the citizenry. In light of this, Council today noted with appreciation the successful conduct of capacity training for the Staff of the Ministry of Science and Technology on effective and efficient ways of discharging their day to day responsibilities.
Ministry for Higher Education;
Minded over the educational requirements of the State which are far more than the available tertiary institutions consumption, as visualized by the present Administration’s effort in establishing the Northwest University and 18 No. skills acquisition institutions, in complementing the aforementioned objective, today the Council noted a request forwarded by the Ministry for Higher Education to the Federal Ministry of Education on the need to establish a Federal Polytechnic in the State.
Ministry of Water Resources;
The Council noted the increase of water supply in the State Capital and its surrounding following Government installation of 4No. Generating sets in Tamburawa Water Treatment Plant. In the light of this the public are called upon to report any water leakages for Government prompt action. In the same vein, a high powered Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Water Resources to be going round assessing the water distribution to ensure its judicious utilization.
Council noted with appreciation that the 1000 diametres and 600mm pipes approved to be laid from Watari to Kano and Bagwai to Miltara respectively are already in Lagos State and would soon be conveyed to Kano for the execution of the work.
Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Cooperatives and Tourism;
The visit of the Hon. Commissioner of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism to Washington, USA for an International Conference in Agric-Business was noted by Council. During the session an interested company shows interest in investing in the State especially in the area of Tomato processing and packaging.
Ministry of Education;
The Honourable Commissioner of Education briefed Council that a stakeholders meeting on DFID and ESSPIN programmes ongoing in seven States in the federation which Kano State is among them. Council was informed that during the session, a critical examination of these ongoing programmes were looked into and the sponsors were impressed with the State performance and pledge to continue supporting in that direction.
Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport;
Notifying the Council today, the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport stated that the National Council on Works held its sitting last week in Lagos State. Council noted from the brief that a request for reimbursement in respect of funds injected by the State Government in the repairs and maintainance of Federal Roads in the State were raised while a lot observations raised by the State were upheld by the National Council.
Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture;
It is beyond doubt that the maximum support given to sporting activities by this Administration is yielding positive result as seen through various sterling performances of Kano Pillars Football Club and Kwankwasiyya Babes. In the same direction, that today Council noted and appreciated the performance of Kwankwasiyya Academicals Football club for winning the first position in the West African Youth Tournament held in Niger Republic. The Club having won the first in the tournament qualifies it to represent Nigeria in France comes July, this year.
Ministry of Planning and Budget;
Council noted and acknowledges the gesture of Centre for Management Development, Lagos for conducting a capacity building training for the staff of the Ministry of Planning and Budget.
Office of the Secretary to the State Government;
A Committee responsible for securing employment opportunities in respect of the unemployed State youths has already swang into action and has last week collected and forwarded the names of 30No. holders of engineering degrees for employment in the Federal Service. The data was collected from the documented electronic data under the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Against the foregoing, Council called on all those employed to dedicate themselves to work and not abandoned it unless a better one is obtained.