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Since inception, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has established himself as one of the most progressive and dynamic Governor of Kano State. His second coming exposed a personality that is committed to serving the community. His stands on development policies show a remarkable degree of consistency thereby portraying a man in peace with himself for the betterment of his nation and Kano State in particular. He is never afraid of controversy when he is sure that his stand is for the betterment of Nigeria. While some leaders shy away from speaking up, Governor Kwankwaso is neither cowed by the size of the challenges for a cause that is just. He is a leading propagator for transformation of the nation's economy, fighting corruption and labor matters. His statements on or off stage offer radical propositions thereby laying bare the problems and solutions for a better nation. His experience as the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Governor, Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria crystallized a strong determination to bring benefiting and befitting transformation to the State, which he met at comatose stage. In fact, for the last two years he has been translating a program that has made Kano a shining example for other States to copy. There is no sector that is left unchanged from Education, Health, Youths empowerment, Agriculture or Revenue Generation. Throughout these two years, the Governor has consciously attracted the attention of the people of the State to self-reliance, sincerity of purpose, purposeful governance as well as a new spirit of commitment for the State to progress. With this, the State is changing as the citizens now believe in their Government because of its sincerity and prudence in the management of resources. Thus, a new political and economic thinking appears based on the recognition of realities on the ground. The people are becoming more optimistic and supportive to the Government because of what it is able to deliver. His approach to governance is realistic because he understands the nature, needs and aspirations of his people. That explains his commitment to empower youths through sponsorship to acquire further education within and outside the country and by teaching them simple skills for self-reliance. This policy builds a new society, where people develop themselves and consequently the society. It is based on this that one should comprehend the decision of the ninety-six (96th) sitting of the Council of Thursday 2nd May, 2013 (22nd Jumada Thani, 1434 AH) presided over by Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. At this sitting, fifty (50) memoranda were submitted by Eight (8) MDAs for deliberation. Thirty five (35) of them were approved for execution among which twenty four (24) were on projects covering an expenditure of Two Billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy Two Million, One Hundred and Eighty Two Thousand, One Hundred and Ninety Six Naira, Twenty Three Kobo (N2,772,182,196.23) while eleven (11) were on policy issues. Thus:

  1. 1.OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT

This Office submitted thirty one (31) memoranda for deliberation by Council on behalf of some MDAs. Sixteen (16) of them were approved for execution as follows;

  1. a)Presentation of the Outcome of an Advocacy Visit to the State by the Wheat Transformation Team:-

The contents of this memorandum, submitted by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, presented the outcomes of an advocacy visit to the State by the Wheat Transformation Team under the auspices of the Lake Chad Research Institute, Institute of Agricultural Research and Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources requested for approval and granting of permission by Council to commence the registration exercise of all Farmers in the State preparing for the implementation of a Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) program of the Federal Government. The program aims at addressing the imbalance in Agricultural Input delivery and kicked-off in March, 2013 in all 36 States of the Federation and FCT.

Importantly, Council was notified of the highlights on the outcomes of the advocacy visit. Thus;

  1. i.Interactive Session held between the visiting team and Stakeholders in the Ministry of Agricultural and Natural Resources discussed issues particularly on strategies for scaling up Wheat production in the Country which has the potential of reducing import bills on Wheat.
  2. ii.Emphasis was put on attainment of 81.78% of the total of 213,881ha of Land used for Wheat production in the 1988/89 production year in Kano State.
  3. iii.The encouraging support provided by the State Government in the areas of provision of tractors, combined harvesters/seed planters; subsidized inputs such as fertilizer, seed, and irrigation infrastructures to farmers were deliberated upon.
  4. iv.The availability of improved seeds discovered via research was discussed.
  5. v.Souvenir presentation of two publications was made to the sector, titled “Wheat in Nigeria: production and utilization” and “Update on Wheat Research and Production in Nigeria (29th January, 2013)”.

In this regard, the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources intimated Council of the level attained in the preparations for the successful handling of the registration exercise for which Council was requested to approve for commencement.

Council noted, considered and approved the commencement of the registration exercise.

  1. b)Presentation of the Proposal and Request for Funds for the Training of 32 Technical Subjects Teachers at Bradford College, United Kingdom:-

Cognizant of the resolve and commitment to qualitatively provide for technical and vocational education, Council approved the release of the sum of N41,017,200.00 to the Ministry of Education to facilitate the sponsoring of fourteen (14) Technical Subject Teachers (i.e. 12 Teachers and 2 Inspectors) to attend a six (6) months training program at Bradford College, United Kingdom. Details were presented on the financial commitment for Council’s consideration. This way, Council directed the Ministry of Education to identify the necessary equipment and instructional materials required to be provided to facilitate for smooth replication/local delivery of the same training in the technical and Vocational Schools across the State.

 

  1. c)Request for Funds to Enable Payment for the Replacement of Burnt Down 2.5 MVA, 33/11KV Electric Power Transformer at Government House and the supply of Electricity to ten Chalets:-

Considering the vital need for a steady supply of electricity from the National Grid to the Office of the Secretary to the Government, Government Guest Houses and the (10) Guest Chalets behind the Government House, the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport notified Council of the need to supply and install 33KV (Blue Line) to the ten (10) Guest Chalets within the Government House in view of their significance to accommodating important Guests.

Specifically, the intention is to upgrade the existing 2.5MVA, 33/11KVA Injection Substation to 5MVA Electricity Transformer at the Government House. This upgrade is meant to provide relief to the existing overloaded 1x2.5MVA Substation and enable the extension of the 33KV dedicated line to the new Government Lodge near Deputy Governor’s Residence; Secretary to the State Government’s Office Complex and the ten (10) Guest Chalets within the Government House.

A competent Contractor forwarded a proposal for the execution of the envisaged works with BEME in the sum of N12,005,070.00 which was requested for release to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, as endorsed by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, to enable execution of the vitally required project stated above.

Council approved the release of the sum of N12,005,070.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable the execution of the stated project according to the specifications presented.

In the same vein, Council attention was drawn, by the contents of another memorandum, to a request submitted by Messrs. Digibits Controls Nigeria Limited for payment in respect of supply and installation of a brand new Electric Power Transformer at the Government House to replace the one that exploded, caught fire and burnt down on 23rd September, 2012 due to overloading.

Messrs. Digibits was directed to immediately restore normal electricity supply which was promptly executed at the cost of N15,225,000.00 and Council was requested to approve for release to enable payment for the replacement.

Approval was granted by Council as requested for the release of the stated sum of N15,225,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to facilitate payment for the replaced electric transformer at Government House according to the details presented.

 

  1. d)Presentation of Letter of Appreciation for the Donation/Allocation of an 18-Seater Toyota Hiace Bus to the Nigerian Law School, Kano Campus, Bagauda:-

The Acting Head of Campus at the Nigerian Law School, Kano Campus, Bagauda submitted a Letter of Appreciation to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. The contents of the letter expressed deep appreciation for the donation/allocation of an 18-Seater Toyota Hiace Bus for use in the School.

Council acknowledged the presentation appreciatively.

 

  1. e)Presentation of Report on Breach of Terms of Operations of Fairly Used Amana Taxi by a Beneficiary :-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport notified Council that, in the course of its activities the Task Force Committee on Amana Taxi/Buses, a defaulter was apprehended. A Golf Wagon with registration number KKU 06 XA, Amana 91 was allocated to him nine (9) months ago but was only able to pay the expected weekly deposits for three (3) weeks after which he absconded and failed to make any further installmental payments. When apprehended it was discovered that he changed the original registration number and paint of the vehicle pictures of which were displayed for Council’s perusal. In addition, the concerned allottee still owes N100,000.00 to complete settlement of the price of the vehicle for which he was given up to 12th April, 2013 to effect payment. He could not. The vehicle was impounded/collected from him serviced, repainted to normal Amana Taxi color for re-allocation to a tested abiding beneficiary at an agreed price.

Further, the contents of this memorandum, as endorsed by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, reported a total of 49 taxis and buses impounded from many beneficiaries found wanting as a result of absconding on expected weekly payments, operating outside the designated areas and other offenses. Such were recommended to Council approval for reallocation to other prospective beneficiaries so as to serve as a deterrent to others.

Considering the original intentions of Government, Council approved the allocation of the impounded 49 Amana vehicles to other prospective beneficiaries in addition to thes one.

  1. f)Request for Funds to Facilitate Payment of Stipend to 100 Kano State Indigenous Postgraduate Students Studying at Various Institutions in Turkey:-

Office of the Secretary to the State Government submitted this memorandum for deliberation by Council on behalf of the Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Higher Education. The contents of this memorandum requested for approval by Council for the release of the sum of $225,000 for disbursement as a stipend (allowances) to the 100 Kano State Indigenous Postgraduate Students studying at various Institutions in Turkey at the rate of $250 per Student per month as endorsed by the Kano Scholarship Board.

Approval was granted as requested by Council for the release of the requested sum of $225,000 to the Ministry of Higher Education to enable the State Scholarship Board settle the payment of a monthly stipend to 100 Kano State Indigenous Students studying in Turkey at the rate of $250 equivalent to N40,000.00 each totaling $225,000 equivalent to N36,000,000.00. This was in recognition of the need to fulfill Government’s commitment to the policy that informed the Government to sponsor the Students for the Courses abroad.

  1. g)Request for Funds to Settle Payment for Live Coverage of the Entire Ceremony of the Mass Wedding of 1,000 Couples on Saturday 27th April, 2013:-

Office of the Director of Press and Public Relations to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE submitted a request, through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, for the release of the sum of N33,701,250.00 to enable settlement of payment for three (3) Hours Live Coverage of the entire Ceremony of the Mass Wedding of 1,000 Couples on Saturday 27th April, 2013 between the Emir’s Palace and Government House, Kano by eight (8) Media Houses.

Details were presented to Council for consideration.

Considering relevance of the request, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N33,701,250.00 to the Office of the Director Press and Public Relations to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE to effect the stated payment.

  1. h)Request for Funds to Facilitate the Conduct of Capacity Building Workshop for Media Personnel in the State Service:-

This administration realizes the significance of investing in human capital through the provision of education. Investing in human capital is in political-economic sense very much the same as investing in nonhuman capital, such as machines, structures, equipment and other material capital. Just as an investment in nonhuman capital is expected to generate efficient and profitable outcomes in business circles, so is the huge investment in human capital expected to augment the capacity of the State labor resources. This clearly explained the huge investment being made by the present administration in the education sector. In addition, to the support given to the formal education sector through the provision of more classes, equipment and instructional materials, retraining of those in the service is not left unattended. This brings us to the purpose of this memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture.

The contents of this memorandum submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry for Local Governments reminded Council of the recommendation proffered by the Deputy Governor at one of its sittings to conduct the Workshop at the cost of N35,000,000.00. Subsequently, Council directed Local Governments to pay for the Workshop accordingly.

In view of this, Council was statutorily notified of the fact that the Workshop is meant for Media Personnel in the Local Government Service.

So, Council noted, considered and approved the release of the sum of N35,000,000.00 by the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture to enable conduct of the Workshop.

  1. i)Request for Funds to Enable Payment for Six (6) Months Accommodation Charges in Respect of 56 Kano State Indigenous Students on Postgraduate Studies at Jordan University of Science and Technology:-

The incumbent administration under the leadership of the second incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE established over twenty (21) Tertiary Institutions spanning various aspects of academics and employable skill acquisition. The State presently owns two Universities and eighteen skills acquisition Institutes established all over the State for the benefit of the teeming unemployed/unskilled youths roaming the streets of the State.

Despite this, the administration sponsored 501 postgraduate students overseas in addition to the 100 selected to be trained as pilot in Jordan and another 100 to read medicine. This brings us to the purpose of this memorandum. The submission informed Council of the need to release funds for the settlement of accommodation to 56 students now undergoing training in Jordan. The sum of $67,200 (equivalent to N10,752,000.00) was approved for release by Council to the Ministry of Higher Education to enable payment for six (6) month's accommodation charges in respect of 56 of the 501 Indigenous Kano State Students on Postgraduate Studies at Jordan University of Science and Technology. This was in fulfillment of Government’s commitment to the policy of sponsoring Kano State Indigenous Students for Postgraduate Studies abroad.

  1. j)Request for Funds to Carry-out a Special Print Media Project to Showcase Achievements of the Present Administration:-

The Director of Press for Peoples Media Ltd submitted a proposal, presented by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, to showcase the achievements of the present administration for a period of one (1) Year at the cost of N18,000,000.00. The request was endorsed as significant in view of its potential of enlightening the public on developmental projects being executed by the Incumbent administration.

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the sum of N18,000,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government to enable Press Media Ltd undertake the project of showcasing the achievements of the present administration for a period of one (1) Year.

  1. k)Request for Financial Assistance Towards Sponsorship of Three (3) Kano State Indigenous Students Currently Undergoing M.A. and Ph.D Programs:-

This case was presented for consideration by Council on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education through the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. Details were presented consideration of which prompted Council to approve the release of the sum of N1,500,000.00 in respect of Musa Yusuf Tambai studying M.A. Arabic Literature in Malaysia. The Authorities at the Northwest University, Kano were directed to handle the respective cases of Hadiza Lawan Abdullahi and Hadiza Abdullahi studying at ABU Zaria administratively.

  1. 2.MINISTRY OF LAND AND PHYSICAL PLANNING

Request for Funds to Facilitate the Continuation of the Already Started Routine Maintenance Works on Some Selected Roads in Kano Metropolitan Area:-

Government is aware of the vital role road transport network plays in the development of the State economy. However, as all infrastructures, road requires constant maintenance and upgrading to match with the development of the metropolis. Thus, the need to rehabilitate and reconstruct the existing road network and at the same time keep it in good condition for commuters is paramount. This administration has given the same emphasis and commitment in the construction of new and the general rehabilitation and maintenance of the existing road network. This brings us to the basis for the submission of this memorandum. The memorandum informed Council that more than 20 major roads in the metropolis were rehabilitated and made motorable. Amongst them are: Bompai Road, Sokoto Road, Bello Kano Terrace, Obasanjo Road, F.C.E. Road, Dan Hausa Road, Commissioner Road, Murtala Muhammed Road, Lagos Road, Magajin Rumfa Road, Dr. Bala Muhammed Road, Katsina Road, etc.

 The Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) operating under the auspices of the State Ministry of Land and Physical Planning submitted a request for the release of the sum of N150,000,000.00 to enable continuation of the already started routine maintenance works on some eighteen (18) selected roads in the metropolis. An update on the progress of the work was presented for Council’s consideration in view of its earlier approval for the release of the sum of N50,000,000.00 for the same purpose.

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the sum of N90,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to enable KNUPDA continue with the routine maintenance work started on the eighteen (18) selected metropolitan roads presented for consideration.

  1. 3.MINISTRY OF HEALTH

The Ministry of Health submitted five (5) memoranda for deliberation by Council. All were approved for execution as follows;

 

  1. a)Request for Funds to Commemorate the 2013 World Malaria Week in Kano State:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Health notified Council of the declaration of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the 25th April of every year as the World Malaria Day. So, the week preceding the date is commemorated as World Malaria Week.

As such, details of activities designed to commemorate the week as budgeted were presented for Council’s consideration. The sum of N2,627,000.00 was requested for release by Council to enable execution of the budgeted activities designed in commemoration of the 2013 World Malaria Week in Kano State in concert with the entire world.

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the requested sum of N2,627,000.00 to the Ministry of Health to enable conduct of activities in commemoration of the 2013 Malaria Week.

  1. b)Presentation of a Report Submitted on a Visit to Tokushukai Medical Group in Tokyo:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Health reminded Council of the directive from Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE issued to him and the Deputy Governor to represent him in response to an invitation extended by the Nigerian Ambassador to Japan to attend the Nigerian-Japan Energy Summit as well as to visit the Tokushukai Medical Group.

The visit was undertaken during which the Headquarters of the Medical Group was attended and a meeting was arranged. The previously endorsed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2008 was focused upon and agreement was reached to look into the MOU more critically in order to make necessary changes acceptable to both parties for development and eventual signing of a new MOU at a later date to be announced by the Ambassador. Exchange of other relevant documents to facilitate the process also took place.

Council was further intimated of the fact that the Nigerian Embassy in Japan appreciated the visit and the donation granted by Kano State towards organizing the summit and promised to keep/watch the process until Kano State derives maximum benefit from the Medical Group.

Council appreciated the presentation.

  1. c)Request for Funds for the Continuation of Activities of the State Task Force Committee on Immunization and Polio Eradication:-

Contents of this memorandum highlighted the laudable efforts of the State Government in contributing towards Immunization and polio eradication in the State. The level of commitment of the present administration under the leadership of the incumbent Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE is commendable and close to achieving the total eradication of the polio scourge.

As such, the Ministry of Health requested for the release of the sum of N6,218,500.00 to enable continuation of the activities of the State Task Force Committee on Immunization and Polio Eradication.

Considering the significance of the request, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N6,218,500.00 to the Ministry of Health to enable continuation of the activities of the Task Force Committee on Immunization and Polio Eradication.

  1. d)Request for Funds to Facilitate the Activities of the State Immunization Plus Day on Polio Eradication:-

Council was intimated, by the contents of this memorandum, of the fact that Nigeria has adopted the conduct of polio Supplemental Immunization as a strategy to completely eradicate the polio disease from the country. So, special campaigns are periodically organized during which health workers move from house to house to vaccinate eligible Children with the polio vaccine. Three (3) rounds have so far taken place this Year.

In any case, all stakeholders play a role at Federal, State and Local Government levels. This way, the State Government provides support for supervision, training, logistics and public enlightenment activities. As such, the Ministry of Health requested for the release of the sum of N10,897,500.00 by Council to enable provision of resources required for the activities of the State Immunization Plus Days on Polio Eradication.

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the requested sum of N10,897,500.00 to the Ministry of Health to enable provision of required resources for the execution of yet another round of the stated activity.

  1. e)Presentation of Report on Implementation and Request for Funds for the May 2013 Round of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in Kano State:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Health notified Council, through the contents of this memorandum that, Nigeria has adopted the Integrated Maternal, New Born and Child Health Strategy (IMNCH) for the attainment of the MDGs 4 and 5. It was decided that the MNCHW will be implemented/conducted twice each year so as to make the strategy effective.

So, the State Ministry of Health and its partners have started planning for the conduct/implementation of the first round of 2013 MNCHW week scheduled for (20th to 24th May, 2013). As such, the Ministry of Health requested for the release of the sum of N7, 853,600.00 by Council in support of the program. Details were presented for Council’s consideration which prompted the granting of approval for the sum of N5, 000,000.00 as Government support for the program.

  1. 4.MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING AND TRANSPORT

Nine (9) memoranda were directly submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport. All were approved for execution as follows;

  1. a)Presentation of Situation Report on the Construction of Box Culvert at Amazuma Filling Station:-

The State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport submitted a situation report on the progress attained in the awarded Contract for the construction of Box Culvert at Amazuma Filling Station. The work has generally attained 57.27% level of completion for which eleven (11) items (and levels attained) were presented along with pictures for Council’s consideration.

Council acknowledged the presentation and directed the completion of the project before this year’s raining season.

  1. b)Request for Funds to Facilitate the Renovation/Reconstruction of Storm-Damaged Gidan Dan’ Hausa, Situated Along Bello Kano Terrace, Kano:-

The monumental Gidan Dan’ Hausa was damaged by heavy downpour during the rainy season of the year 2012. The need to renovate the property of Historical and Cultural significance to the State becomes imperative considering the impending rainy season of the current year.

So, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport requested for the release of the sum of N20,650,121.80 by Council to enable execution of the required renovation works at Gidan Dan’ Hausa.

Significance and relevance of the project prompted Council to immediately approve the release of the requested sum of N20,650,121.80 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the renovation project at Gidan Dan’ Hausa in view of its significance to the History and Culture of the State.

  1. c)Request for Funds to Facilitate the Provision of Sports Facilities at Northwest University Permanent Site, Gwaron Dutse, Kano:-

The Northwest University, Kano has been established courtesy of the second incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Work is in earnest progress at the Permanent Site of the University located at Gwaron Dutse. Comprehensive sporting area along with facilities are required for which the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport requested for the release of the sum of N29,691,613.60. Details of the requirements were presented for Council’s consideration which prompted the granting of approval for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable provision of sporting facilities at the Permanent Site of the Northwest University, Kano.

  1. d)Request for Funds to Enable Construction of Proposed Staff Housing Phase I at Northwest University Permanent Site:-

Council was notified of the need to commence construction of residential/housing facilities for the Staff of the Northwest University, Kano within the Permanent Site where general work is in earnest progress currently.

As such, five (5) detached housing facilities for Principal Officers and two (2) blocks of six (6) flats were estimated for construction at the cost of N313,171,499.66 which was requested for release by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the project.

Considering the significance of the request, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N313,171,499.66 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the construction of Staff Housing Phase I at the Northwest University Permanent Site according to the details presented.   

  1. e)Request for Funds to Facilitate the Dualization of Road from Sani Abacha Youth Center (Termination Point on Sharada Road to Madobi Bridge):-

Contents of this memorandum submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport politely referred the sitting to the selection of the Kano-Madobi-Yako-Kafin Mai Yaki Road for inclusion in the 2012 Budget. The road covers a distance of about 66.1KM characterized by a serious failure of the surfacing and parts of the pavement structure and was last renovated over ten (10) years during the first tenure of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE.

So, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport substantiated to Council that, renovating the road will certainly improve the socioeconomic activities of the area and trigger more developmental activities.

Though important, the project of the renovation of the 66.1KM long road was recommended to be executed in phases with the first phase to commence from Sani Abacha Youth Center (Termination Point of Sharada Road) to Madobi Bridge, covering a distance of about 7.0KM for which the sum of N1,379,009,879.73 was requested for release by Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the phase I part of the project.

The project was considered to be in line with the policy of the present administration and resolution to take infrastructural development to all nooks and corners of the State especially roads as heralded by the approval granted for the construction of 5KM double carriage ways complete with street lights in all 44 LGCs in the State.

Considering the significance of the project, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N1,397,009,879.73 to the State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the first phase of the project on the renovation of Kano-Madobi-Yako-Kafin Mai Yaki road.

  1. f)Request for Funds for the Construction of New Governor’s Lodge for Kano State Government at Kasumu Street Victoria Island, Lagos:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport politely reminded Council of the dilapidated condition of the State Governor’s Lodge situated at Kasumu Street Victoria Island, Lagos which calls for complete demolition and reconstruction to a befitting status that can stand the test of time by standing as an edifice. The project was estimated to cost the sum of N198,524,539.39 which was requested for release by Council to enable execution.

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the requested sum of N198,524,539.39 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable construction of a new Governor’s Lodge for Kano State Government at Kasumu Street Victoria Island, Lagos.

  1. g)Request for Funds by Kano Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA) for Road Maintenance Works within Kano Metropolis:-

KARMA  is one of the newly established agencies by this administration, which was set up to maintain and rehabilitate roads within and outside the metropolis. The agency is under the supervision of the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport. The contents of this memorandum reminded Council of its instruction to KARMA at its sitting on the 10th April, 2013 to immediately finish the works on repairs of Gwarzo to Karaye Road and commence maintenance work on metropolitan roads jointly with Kano Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA).

Responding to instructions, authorities at KARMA consulted with authorities at KNUPDA during which the latter declared exhaustion of all materials and funds for the exercise.

Nevertheless, KARMA complied with its instructions and carried out condition surveys of thirteen (13) metropolitan roads for maintenance which include the followings:

  1. i.IBB Road
  2. ii.Sani Abacha Way (former Airport Road)
  3. iii.Nababa Badamasi Road (former Ja’afar Road)
  4. iv.Church Road, Sabon Gari
  5. v.Lafia Road
  6. vi.Court Road (Gyadi-Gyadi)
  7. vii.Sheka Makaranta Road
  8. viii.Rimi Market Road
  9. ix.Lodge Road
  10. x.Kofar Ruwa to Kwanar Dala Road
  11. xi.Yahaya Gusau Road Sharada
  12. xii.Mandawari-Galadanci-Kofar Na’isa Road
  13. xiii.Waziri Gidado Road

Details on the scope of work and items required for its execution were presented for Council’s consideration. The aggregate sum of N93,700,000.00 including logistics was requested for release by Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable KARMA execute maintenance work on the 13 selected metropolitan roads named above.

Considering the relevance of the project, Council approved the release of the trimmed down sum of N90,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable KARMA to undertake the maintenance work on some of the 13 metropolitan roads named above. This is in line with the policy of the present administration on the provision and maintenance of required infrastructure especially roads in order to facilitate for easy movements for the citizenry.

  1. h)Request for Funds to Facilitate Relocation of Wudil Technical College to Former Water Resource Engineering and Construction Agency (WRECA) Workshop at Tiga:-

One of the laudable resolutions of the present administration is the declaration to convert all unused/underused Government property/facilities into proper and required utilization especially Schools. Many such facilities have already been converted and put to proper use as heralded by the following:

  • Conversion of Gidan Ado Bayero for use as temporary site for the Northwest University, Kano.
  • Conversion of the famous Magwan Water Restaurant for use as a School tag-named First Lady’s College.
  • Conversion of Psychiatric Hospital Yadakunya for use as a Girls’ Secondary School Jan’ Baki.
  • Conversion of Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport Kofar Nassarawa Yard to Governor’s College.

Notably, the present site of Wudil Technical College conflicts with that of the Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil. At the same time, the WRECA Workshop at Tiga is currently not utilized for the intended purposes. Government instructed the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to relocate Wudil Technical College from its present site/location at Wudil, to the former WRECA Workshop at Tiga so as to solve the conflict on right of occupancy between the two Institutions and provide more land and structures to the University for expansion and utilization.

So, a condition survey was conducted on the unused property/Workshop based on which the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport prepared drawings and Bill of Quantities in the sum of N294,594,102.05, which was requested for release by Council to enable relocating Technical College Wudil to the unused former WRECA Workshop at Tiga. The new site provides ample land for the construction of a modern Technical School and future expansion.

Considering the relevance of the request, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N294,594,102.05 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action in executing the project of relocating Technical College Wudil to the unused former WRECA Workshop at Tiga.

  1. i)Presentation of Request for Funds for the Execution of Phase II Model Villages Development Works at the State Rural Areas:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport reminded Council of its approval granted for the execution of the first phase of model villages development work mentioned above. The program aims at transforming the thatched/earthen worked traditional houses to quasi-modern sand crete block-built structures of which the first phase has been executed almost to completion level at three selected villages which include Warawa, Makoda and Kunchi. The Communities at the beneficiary villages welcome the development and applaud Government on the issue.

So, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport conducted a feasibility survey for the construction of 100 quasi-modern/prototype units of these houses at Kwankwaso Town in Madobi Local Government Area at the cost of N753,341.40 per unit bringing the cost of 100 units to N75,334,140.00, which was requested for release by Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable the execution of the project.

The project was considered to be in line with the Housing policy of the present administration. Access to relatively affordable housing has been provided to the citizenry as exemplified by the following:

  • Construction of Sand Crete built quasi-modern housing units at Warawa, Makoda and Kunchi.
  • Development/Construction of the modern housing units at Kwankwasiyya, Bandirawo and Amana Cities.
  • Sale of GP houses to the occupants (serving Civil Servants), etc.

So, approval was granted as requested by Council for the release of the sum of N75,334,140.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable the construction of 100 quasi-modern housing units at Kwankwaso Town according to the details presented.     

  1. 5.MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, YOUTHS, SPORTS AND CULTURE

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Water Resources reminded Council of its appointing a Committee comprising four (4) Members under his Chairmanship to study and vet a request for the release of funds from the Kano Pillars Football Club (KPFC) submitted by the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture for Council’s consideration and approval.

The requested sum of N60,034,000.00 to enable the Club participate in 19 matches (Home and Away) was vetted down to N43,070,000.00. Details were presented for Council’s consideration. However, the trimmed down sum of N43,070,000.00 was recommended for release by Council according to the details presented by the Committee so that the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture can enable the Kano Pillars Football Club participate in the stated 19 matches (Home and Away).

Council approved as requested the release of the sum of N43,070,000.00 to the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture to enable KPFC participate in the stated matches.

  1. 6.MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Presentation of Report from the 3-Member Committee Appointed to Re-screen the Lists of 235 Non Academic and 21 Additional Academic Staff of the Northwest University, Kano:-

The 3-Member Committee appointed for the re-screening exercise comprised the Honorable Commissioners of Higher Education, Justice and that of Women Affairs and Social Development.

The Committee did its job diligently and recommended the following for Council’s consideration and approval.

  • That from the 235 listed non-academic Staff presented for the re-screening exercise only 142 were recommended for employment.
  • The University should conduct fresh interviews to fill the 21 additional academic Staff required at the University since the ones currently serving are mostly on visiting capacities.

Council acknowledged the presentation and approved the recommendations of the Committee.

  1. 7.MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Presentation of Report on the Need to Conduct/Complete Second Phase of Farmer Registration Exercise for the Year 2013:-

The Honorable Commissioner, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources reminded Council through the contents of this memorandum that, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development conducted the first phase of Farmer Registration Exercise (25th – 28th March, 2013) nationwide. That time, 438 optical mark reading (OMR) forms were distributed among the 484 wards in the State. As such, a balance of 78,400 OMR forms which translated to additional 162 forms per each of the 484 wards was expected for the State.

Presently, the balance of 78,400 OMR forms expected from the Federal Government has been delivered to Kano State. So, the second and completion phase of the entire Farmer Registration Exercise will soon commence in the State. As such, it was recommended to Council to direct the CRC to assign/appoint a supervisor for each of the 484 wards across the State so as to ensure efficient and wider as well as transparent conduct of the final phase of the Farmer Registration Exercise.

Council appreciated the presentation and directed the State Community Reorientation Council (CRC) to appoint a supervisor in each of the 484 wards in the State to ensure efficient and wider as well as transparent conduct of the second phase of the Farmer Registration Exercise in the State.

  1. 8.MINISTRY OF FINANCE

Presentation of the List of Banks with Balances of Accounts Operated by Different MDAs in the State:-

Transparency is the watchword for the entire operations of the present administration under the leadership of the second incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Prudence guides the deployment of resources in the execution of the public spirited projects undertaken in all spheres of Governance.

Cognizant of these and more reasons, the Ministry of Finance decided to present a list comprising 290 MDAs in the State along with their respective Banks, Account numbers and Cash balances for Council’s perusal and knowledge open to the public in consonance with the policy of the incumbent administration.

Council appreciated the presentation and unanimously commended the Ministry of Finance for a job well done.

UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 96TH EXCO SITTING

  1. 1.INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST (1ST ) GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY

Council witnessed the successful inauguration of the first governing council of the Newly Established Northwest University, Kano. The Governing Council comprises the following;

Alhaji Sule Yahaya Hamma       – Chairman

Professor Hafizu Abubakar       – Member

Professor Yahuza Bello            – Member

Mal.Bala Ibrahim B/Kudu          – Member

Mariya Ali Kote                       - Member

Perm Sec/Higher Education      - Member

Vice-chancellor                      - Ex-officio

Registrar                               - Secretary

Accordingly, Council called on the new Governing Body to dedicate themselves and ensure that the university develops and attain desired international requirements and standard.

  1. 2.INAUGURATION OF THE BOARD OF KIRU REFORMATORY INSTITUTE

Council witnessed the inauguration of the Kiru Reformatory Institute board which has the Hon. Commissioner of women affairs and social development as chairperson and eight (8) members.

  1. 3.SIGNING OF LAW

Council witnessed the signing into Law of the Education Trust Fund Law by Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. The law will aid the improvement of educational standard across the State, solicit support and at the same time open avenues for cooperation with private/business concerns.

  1. 4.MAY DAY CELEBRATION

Council congratulates all Civil Servants in the state and the entire Country on the May Day celebrations. Council reiterates its commitment and support to the welfare of the labor force in the State  

  1. 5.VISIT OF THE STATE DELEGATION TO TOKOSHUKAI MEDICAL GROUP TOKYO JAPAN

Council noted the visit of the powerful State delegation, which was led by the Deputy Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to the Tokoshukai Medical Group, Tokyo, Japan where they discussed the possibility on how to partner with the medical group towards the development/completion of the Giginyu Hospital. The Memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the issue is expected to be signed soon.

  1. 6.

Council noted that the laying of 600mm Ductile iron pipes from Watari to Mil-tara has been completed and the pumping of water has started, which has led to the increase of water supply in the State. Council also noted the ongoing rehabilitation of the Watari Irrigation Dam where over 137 million Naira was earmarked for the project with a view to improving water supply in the State.

  1. 7.OPENING OF KANO AGRICULTURAL SUPPLY COMPANY (KASCO) STORES

Council noted the opening of the KASCO stores and calls on the general public to patronize the stores where Agricultural inputs are displayed for sale.

THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO BORNO STATE

Council noted the visit to Borno State by the Governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to commiserate with the Government and people of the State over the unfortunate incidence at Baga. Council wishes to thank His Excellency the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shatima and other stakeholders for the warm reception accorded to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Council acknowledged a financial support of N20 million given to Borno State Government by the Governor during the visit.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY

 

Council endorsed the useful phone numbers submitted by the security agents for easy access in case of any emergency on the metropolitan Roads. Accordingly, the public may easily Contact KAROTA for: Breakdown of Vehicle(s), Traffic Congestion, Accidents, Illegal / Wrong Parking to kindly Call KAROTA through the following number – 08091626747. Similarly, the State Police Command could be contacted on – 08032419754, 08123821575. In addition, the State Fire Service can also be contacted on – 07051246833, 08191778888.

 

  

 
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Some Giant Stride Recorded by Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso’s Administration May 2011 to Date

Establishment of 21 institutes for training and capacity building as part of government’s overall policy on manpower development and youth empowerment, addition to Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, established by Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso during his first tenure.

SNo

Name of Institute

Location

1.

Kano Hospitality and Tourism Institute

Kano

2.

Kano Poultry Institute

Dambatta

3.

Kano Institute of Qur’anic & Western Education

Kano

4.

Kano Fisheries Institute

Bagauda

5.

Kano Farm Mechanization Institute

Dambatta

6.

Kano College of Nursing & Midwifery

Madobi

7.

Kano Corporate Security Training Institute

Gabasawa

8.

Kano Reformatory Institute

Kiru

9.

Kano Film Academy

Tiga Rockcastle

10.

Kano Informatics Institute

Kura

11.

Kano Sports Academy

Karfi

12.

Kano Driving Institute

Kumbotso

13.

Kano Irrigation Training Institute

Kadawa

14.

Kano Enterpreneurship Development Institute

Dawakin Tofa

15.

Kano Post Basic Midwifery School

Gezawa

16.

Kano Institute of Horticulture

Bagauda

17.

Kano Livestock Institute

Bagauda

18.

Kano Development Journalism Institute

Kano

19.

Kano School of Health Technology

Bebeji

20.

School of Basic & Remedial Studies

T/Wada

21.

Northwest University

Kano

 

EDUCATION

-- Feeding of Primary School pupils and providing them with 2 sets of uniforms

-- Building of 1,500 new classrooms and 579 offices

-- Purchase of furniture and teaching materials worth N5 billion across primary schools in the state.

-- Rehabilitation of most of our schools through CRC N10 million is being given to all 44 Local Government Areas of CRC Committees at interval for that endeavor.

-- Establishing Boarding Primary School at Minjibir

-- Re-training of all our teachers in primary schools

-- Building of 400 houses in 200 Junior Secondary Schools (JSS)j

-- Establishing 44 Craft Schools

-- Establishing a Model Boarding Secondary School in Niger Republic

-- Establishing of Governor’s College, Janbaki, Dan Hajja and Dangwani Secondary Schools at Ungogo, Bagwai and Albasu Local Government Areas respectively.

-- Provision of 67 High Capacity Buses for Girl’s Child Education

-- Sponsoring of 100 Youths for pilot training

-- Sponsoring 100 Youths for MBBS (Medicine)

-- Sponsoring 100 Teachers to study Chinese Language in China

-- Sponsoring 100 Youths to study Pharmacy

-- Sponsoring 100 Youths to study at Crescent University, Abeokuta

-- Sponsoring 100 Youths to study at Bells University of Technology, Otta, Ogun State.

-- Accreditation of courses at all Tertiary Institutions in the State (KUST, Polytechnic, Aminu Kano College of Legal and Islamic Studies) at N617 million.

-- Payment of Scholarships to the tune of N2.017 billion as follows:

-- N700 million           -        General Scholarship

-- N61 million             -        Law School

-- N1.256 billion         -        501 Students for Master’s Degree

 

URBAN RENEWAL AND PROVISION OF DECENT ACCOMMODATION

-- 3 New Cities Project (Kwankwasiyya City, Amana City and Bandirawo City)

-- Trailer Parks at Dawanau and Gundutse at N20 billion

-- 5 Kilometer dualised/electrified roads in 44 Local Government about N100 billion

-- Interlocking the walkways in the city

-- Street/Traffic lights

-- Metropolitan roads – Gwarzo, Zaria, Hadejia, Sheikh Jafar, Independence, Abdullahi Wase, Yantsaki, Mandawari, Airport Road and Sharada Bata at N31 billion.

-- Completion of selected roads which were abandoned by the former administration

-- Flyover at Kofar Nassarawa at N5.9 billion

-- Rehabilitation and Construction of Pedestrian bridges within the city.

-- Establishment of Kano Road Traffic Assistants (KAROTA) to ease traffic congestion

-- Establishment of Kano Road Maintenance Agency (KAROMA) to ensure prompt repairs and good maintenance of our roads.

-- Building of Sharia Courts.

 

TRANSFORMING OUR SERVICE DELIVERY

-- On Security Vote, it is no longer business as usual

-- Provision of 600mm x 42Km and 1000mm x 15Km Ductile Pipes including consumables such as Diesel and Alumn

-- Publicizing weekly Executive Council Meetings (EXCO) resolutions.

-- 67% Capital and 33 Percent Recurrent Budget

-- Payment of Salaries on the 25th of every month

-- Procurement of 1000mm x 15Km Ductile Iron Pipes and Procurement 600mm x 42Km Ductile iron pipes at the cost of N4 billion

-- Sale of GPs to the Civil Servants

-- Payment of Pension/Gratuities

-- Payment of Minimum Wage of N18,000 from January, 2012 to date.

 

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

-- 2000 Women each from the 44 local governments across the state are trained on various trades and skills and given at lease N10,000 each.

-- Chalk production – 200 youth are trained and provided with equipment

-- Modern Bee Keeping- 486 youth are trained and empowered with tools

-- Poultry Farming – 600 women are trained at Tukwui in Makoda Local Government Area

-- Lafiya Jari Entrepreneurship – 800 youth are trained in Patent Medicine.

-- 25 Students sent to India and UK for Marine Training under NIMASA

-- 917 students to New Bussa Fresh Water Onitsha, National Institutes of Metrological, Kauran Namoda Polytechnic, Leather Technology, Zaria.

-- Over 4,000 employed into the Civil Service

-- 960 employed under state employment committee in various federal institutions and private companies.

-- 3,000 x 44 Women empowerment

-- 1,300 Animal Traction

-- Taxis and Buses

-- 2,000 Taxis and 100 Buses

-- Rehabilitation of Government House

-- Construction of new Deputy Governor’s Office

-- Modern Refuse Disposal

-- Production/Distribution of Fertilizer

-- Modernization of Makoda, Warawa and Kunchi Local government headquarters.

-- Resettlement of flood victims

 
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DSC 0673Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has charged teachers in the state to be role models by not only teaching their pupils good conduct but also by exhibiting high level of ethical inclination in their official and private capacities.
The governor, who was speaking during a Head Teachers Forum held at the government house lawn in Kano, maintained that more than anyone else, teachers have the moral obligation to ensure that their students are worthy in character and leaning, as this will prepare them for responsible citizenship.
He warned that any teacher in the state found engaging in unwholesome activities will summarily be dealt with, as negative tendencies will have adverse effect on students and ultimately affect the larger society.
Governor Kwankwaso tasked the teachers to be honest and diligent in the discharge of their official responsibilities as well as to ensure judicious utilization of the instructional materials provided by government in their respective schools.
The governor, who reaffirmed the readiness of his administration to provide necessary resources and incentives for the development of the education sector as a weapon for fighting poverty and illiteracy in the society, directed headmasters of public schools in the state to reintroduce school farms, as well as Quiz and Debate clubs.
“This is with a view to make the students sound in extra curricula affairs”, the governor highlighted, adding that on its part, the government will provide the desired support to boost the morale of both teachers and the pupils.
He assured the teachers of regular promotion, while calling on them to bear with the recently introduced e-payment of salaries, pledging to look into the problems associated with the exercise with a view to find lasting solution.
The governor recalled that his administration had spent over N5 billions in the construction of over 1,000 classrooms and related school infrastructure, instructional materials, as well as the training of over 10, 000 teachers among other things.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Faruk Iya explained that the forum was an opportunity for head teachers in Kano state to rub minds with the governor on the prospects and problems of the education sector in the state.
The state chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Alhaji Lawan Abdu Garun Malam requested the state government to sort out the problems faced by teachers in collecting their monthly salaries, lack of promotion and annual increment, as well as the provision of car loans.

 
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KANO STATE GOVERNMENT

SPECIAL SERVICES AND COUNCIL AFFARIS DIRECTORATE,

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT

 

RECRUITMENT OF 1003 YOUTHS INTO THE STATE CIVIL SERVICE

This is to inform all interested indigenes of Kano state that the state executive council has authorized the recruitment of 1003 youths into the state civil service as part of government efforts to provide employment for young men and women in the state.

Consequently, all those who have earlier on applied for jobs in the civil service but were not interviewed are requested to report for interview scheduled to be conducted from 17th – 21st July, 2012 at the following designated centers:

  • Rumfa College, Kano
  • Hospitals Management Board
  • Ministry of Higher Education and
  • Kano state University of Technology

Similarly, interested qualified youths that are yet to apply can do so by purchasing scratch cards from the Office of the Secretary to the State government and filling the online data forms.

 

Signed:

Ibrahim Braji, Phd

Permanent Secretary,

Special Services and Council Affairs

 
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By Halilu Dantiye, mni, fnge


When Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso assumed power for the second time as governor of Kano state in May 2011, he was embarrassed by the huge debt profile and the level of decay in many social sectors of the state such as education, health, water supply, agriculture and public infrastructure among other critical sectors.


This propelled his administration to kick-start a program of action aimed at reversing the negative fortunes of the state and fast-tracking its development as well as creating an environment where prosperity, happiness and justice shall prevail.


At the very beginning, the government realized that education is the bedrock of any meaningful development. Without paying attention to education, no appreciable breakthrough can ever be made in any sphere of human endeavor.


A landmark in the education sector of the state was recorded with the construction of 800 high standard Kwankwasiyya blocks comprising four classrooms across primary schools in the state as part of measures to decongest schools and create better environment for teaching and learning. The government also introduced the free feeding programme in all public primary schools as well giving out two sets of uniforms to every fresh pupil. This gesture is primarily aimed at improving enrolment since primary education is the foundation for all levels of education.


Two hundred housing units was also constructed for teachers in boarding secondary schools in rural areas of the state to enable the teachers to stay with their students, thereby providing the necessary mentoring capable of molding the students into responsible citizens.


Besides, massive renovation of public primary and secondary schools is on-going across the state and an international standard mega government secondary school, named Governor’s College, that has so far admitted 800 has been established at Kofar Nasarawa. A similar school for girls only is under construction at Panisau, while two other secondary school projects have been awarded in Bagwai and Albasu local government areas.


Yet, another milestone recorded by the Kwankwaso administration within a mere period of one year is the establishment of 20 new Institutes. This is because of the governor’s belief in the capacity of trained men and women to drive development. The Institutes are Kano Informatics Institute, Sports Institute, Poultry Institute, Fisheries Institute and Horticulture Institute. Others are Livestock Institute, Farm Mechanization Institute, Irrigation Institute, Qur’anic and Western Education Institute, Film Academy, Corporate Security Institute as well as Tourism and Hospitality Institute. In addition, there is the Driving Institute, Reformatory Institute, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Kano Development Journalism Institute, College of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Post-Basic Midwifery.


To cap it all, a new state-owned university, Northwest University has been established by the Kwankwaso administration. Already, the government has awarded contract for the construction of two complexes expected to accommodate six faculties within the university site. Thanks to the National Universities Commission, NUC which speedily granted approval for the take-off of the university scheduled to commence operation in the next academic session.


In collaboration with Texas A & M University, the state government has concluded arrangements to start a university of Public Health in the city of Kano. A temporary site for this institution has been identified to enable academic work commence as soon as possible.


However, these institutions require skilled lectures and other staff to function efficiently. It is in realization of this that the Kano state government under Governor Kwankwaso picked indigenes of the state with first class and second class upper honours in their first degrees for sponsorship to undergo post-graduate studies abroad. On completion of their courses, they are expected to return home and man the Northwest University and the other Institutes.


Another area where the present administration in Kano state has made remarkable impact is the area of poverty alleviation. Remarkably, all these, and other projects and programmes were executed with funds from the coffers of the government as since 2011, the government has not taken any loan to finance its projects.


For the womenfolk, a free ante-natal program was introduced. Pregnant women and babies enjoy treatment and medication in all public hospitals without paying a Kobo. Besides, a women empowerment programme was introduced to alleviate poverty and help the women contribute meaningfully to the local economy. Under this scheme, 1,000 women from each of the 44 local government areas of the state received grants of N10, 000 each after being trained to acquire specific skills.  The first batch, totaling 44, 000 women, has now been completed and the governor has directed that the training of the second batch of another 1,000 women from each of the 44 local governments in the state should commence immediately.


This initiative attracted the attention of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the foremost businessman to donate a whopping N460 million to Kano state government in support of the programme, pledging to contribute more as the empowerment programme progresses.


Youths were also not left out of the government’s capacity building programmes as about 600 auxiliary health graduates were trained under the “Lafiya Jari” programme to open patent medicine stores in their localities. Each of these young men and women was given a N50, 000 to secure a shop while N150, 000 worth of assorted drugs was given to the beneficiaries by the state government to start with.


Meanwhile, another set of youths has been engaged to take part in the commercial production of footballs under a joint agreement between the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology   (NARICT) and the state government.


Another remarkable program introduced by the Kwankwaso administration is the work bull loan scheme designed to tackle joblessness among youths. Under this scheme, young men are trained in work bull-based farming and at the end; each was given two oxen and a plough worth a total of N150, 000 to earn a living. This programme also received the blessing of Alhaji Dangote who donated another N160 million toward its implementation, with a commitment to contribute more because of his belief and satisfaction of governor Kwankwaso administration’s transparency, prudent management of resources and commitment in executing the programme.


Another area where substantial capital investment has been made is the area of road construction. The government has given out contract for the reconstruction and expansion of some roads in Kano metropolis which will cost billions of Naira. The Projects are Zaria road, N5.16 billion, Hadejia road N3.25 billion, Kabuga-BUK new site road, N3.03 billion and Challawa road, N2.24 billion.


Although these are federal roads, the state government took it upon itself to upgrade them, so as to facilitate movement of goods and services thereby improving the economic activities of the state. The government is also on the verge of awarding contract for the construction of flyovers in the city center which will not only ease traffic flow, but also give Kano city a befitting modern outlook. This will be a significant milestone in the socio- economic evolution of Kano state.


The construction of a major road transport facility at the cost of about N11.97 billion was also started recently by the Kwankwaso administration. The project, which is to be sited off Dambatta road in the outskirts of Kano city, will comprise parks for trailers, Motor Park, mechanic village, warehousing and similar facilities.


Contract for the execution of a similar project at Gundutse along Zaria road at the cost of N6.86 billion was also approved, as part of measures to ease traffic congestion caused by heavy duty vehicles moving in and out of the ever-busy commercial city of Kano and reducing pollution in the state and prolonging the lifespan of the city roads. Similarly, 1,500 salon cars and buses have been purchased to augment the existing facilities in transportation in Kano metropolis.


Under the water supply sector, billions of Naira has so far been spent for the procurement of 1000mm ductile iron pipes and fitting for the 15Km Challawa – Goron Dutse and the 40 km Watari – Bachirawa pipeline project toward sustaining water supply in Kano state. This is apart from routine maintenance of existing water works in Kano city and the upgrading of regional water schemes. Millions of Naira have also been spent in electrification projects covering several communities in the state in the past one year.


Kano under Rabi’u Kwankwaso is a state that does not believe in security vote. The governor regards this as an avenue for stealing public funds. That is why all monies accruable to the state government are, as a matter of transparency, accounted for.


Despite these and many other efforts of the government, which have not been here mentioned, which are aimed at making life much better for its citizens, we have noticed recently criticisms against improvement of security around the state Government House. It is worrisome that the mischievous critics and self-acclaimed leaders did not bother to find out the importance of the new fence constructed around the complex, its quality and the physical dimension it covers.


However, there is need to put things in proper perspective. During the tenure of late Alhaji Audu Bako, the first administrator of Kano state, concrete vertical slabs were erected around the government house to serve as protection for the compound. That was about 40 years ago.


This wall got damaged by a tumultuous crowd during the swearing-in of Governor Kwankwaso in May 2011 and was broken the more on January 20, 2012 when some people were sponsored to demolish it and destroy the government house! Thus, it was very easy to break in because of the wear and tear.


This development necessitated the need to erect a new wall that will provide security for the people, property and documents in the government house, as well as to provide a structure that will stand the test of time. This is typical of government houses anywhere you go around the globe. And if anybody, including media houses, feels security should not be enhanced in 2012 Nigeria, we wish him well and good luck.

 

Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, mni, fnge is the
Director of Communication and Public Relations
Strategy to the Executive Governor of Kano State

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Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso today (Thursday) formally launched the state House Numbering/Street Naming and Provision of Identity Card project. Already, about N900 million has been approved for the project in 8 metropolitan local gove

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