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General Board / Re: Re-Introducing "Traditional Court Systems" in Nigeria
« on: November 07, 2012, 10:17:45 AM »
Seriously you should write a proposal to the National Assembly to this issue.
I support.

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He has also opened more federal Universities across the nation. The 2013 Budget also sees Education having the largest share.
During the Egypt crises, they sent planes to evacuate all Nigerians from the troubled region.
The way and manner the government Handled the South African yellow fever face-off was impressive as well.

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Since GEJ became Nigeria's president, what improvements have you seen. Kindly list and maybe we can correspond to his campaign promises and see if he is fulfilling them or not.

My own list:
Power has improved between July and October
The nation's Airports are being renovated
Foreign reserve is increasing
 ::)  ::)

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chit-chat / Re: Daily Ramadan
« on: July 23, 2012, 10:30:33 AM »
LOL, definition of Moribund:

1.in a dying state; near death.

2.on the verge of extinction or termination.

3.not progressing or advancing; stagnant

 :D ;D

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:50:59 AM »
I am going to be posting the weekly executive council meetings on this page instead of http://kanoonline.com/jmqs/index.php/forum

57th Kano State Executive Council Meeting
 
Today Wednesday 18th July, 2012 (29TH Sha’aban, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council  held its Fifty seventh (57th) sitting in continuation with sequence of previous sittings during which important policy issues and programmes that positively impact on the quality of lives of our citizenry were deliberated upon.

Today’s Council Sitting was presided over by the Governor Engr. RABI’U MUSA KWANKWASO FNSE during which 16 memoranda were submitted by 10 MDA’s for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N5,976,004,483.30 covering 13 projects was approved for execution by the Council.

1. Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Request for funds from the implementation committee on North-West University to undertake some vital commitments toward implementation of North-West University:

Contents of this memorandum politely intimated the Council of the fact that the implementation committee should be considered as the Council and Management of the University according to the law establishing the University committee under its transitional provision. As such, the committee found it imperative to submit request for the facilitation of some urgent requirements for the University for Government’s consideration. The aggregate sum of N26,318,050.00 is requested for release by the Council to enable the committee facilitate for the Under-listed;

Advertisement in four (4) National Dailies for the post of Academic and senior Non-Academic positions.
Construction of phase II, III and IV Website and Portal Development.
Digital Scrolling Sign Board at take-off Site.
Advertisement for admission on radio, television and print media.
Metal sign board for the University.
Cost for interviews of applicants for the post of vice chancellor (i.e one from Oman the other from USA). Both have to be refunded for their return tickets.
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the office of the secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the implementation committee on Northwest University to facilitate for the stated vital commitments for the University to properly take-off.
 

2. Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for deliberation by the Council as follows;

a)Request for funds to facilitate for the Installation of Solar Powered Street Lights in Kwankwaso town and its surrounding environment:

Contents of this memorandum coherently reminded the Council of the present Administrations policy and general effort in the area of installation and rehabilitation of street and traffic light in urban Kano with a view to providing adequate illumination for the enhancement of security of life and property. Such gesture is considered imperative for extension to Kwankwaso town by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport with a request for the release of the sum of N87,486,210.90  to facilitate for the purpose. Council considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Works to undertake the stated project.

b)Submission of a proposal on the purchase of Sand Crete Block making machine for use at the Model Village Programme at Warawa, Kunchi and Makoda:

Council noted, considered and directed the Honorable Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport to represent the issue more Comprehensive (cost inclusive) by next Council sitting.

c)Request for funds to facilitate for the Construction of new Office complex at Government House Kano:

N274,272,481.09 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action in the facilitation for the construction of the new office complex at the Government House Kano. This is with a view to clustering the present dispersed offices into blocks for effective service delivery as coherently suggested by contents of this memorandum.

3. Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture.

Four (4) memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council as follows;

1. Request for Funds to enable participation of Government College Kano (KTC) in the Keele University International Football Cup Tournament in England (22nd – 29th July, 2012):

Contents of this memorandum politely alerted the Council of an invitation received from West Africa Schools Sports Union (WASSU) for the participation of Government College Kano (KTC) in the Keele University International Football Cup Tournament in England (22nd – 29th July, 2012). The sum of N24,724,000.00  is requested for release by the Council in order to sponsor 25 delegates to the tournament – viz.

The Honorable Commissioner for Education.
The School's Principal.
State School Sport Officer.
Old Students Association Representative.
Parent Teachers Association (P.T.A) Representative.
18 Players.
2 Coaches.
Total = 25

It is imperative for the Council to note that the invitation resulted from the startling performance of the College in Dubai and Manchester Championships (25th August – 3rd September, 2007 and 27th April – 3rd May, 2010) respectively. Again, participation at the tournament coincides with the 2012 London Olympics which makes the organizers to package some benefits derivable which include;

Exposure to European Union Football Association (EUPA) and Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).
Participation in a coaching clinic organized by Manchester City Coaches.
Excursions.
Opportunity to participate alongside their peers from 25 countries across the globe.
So, council noted, considered and approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to enable facilitation of the stated purpose.

2. Request for funds as assistance to Kano Pillars and Dabo Babes Football Clubs billed to represent the State at National Challenge Cup Competitions 1st week of July, 2012 in Lagos:

Council approved for the release of a trimmed down sum of N1,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Information for onward payment as assistance to the referred Football Clubs wishing them luck in the stated endeavor.

3. Request for funds from the State Sports Council, to enable the state Basketball team participate in the 2011/2012 DSTV Final-8 at National Stadium Surulere, Lagos (21st – 29th July, 2012):The aggregate sum of N3,000,000.00 was approved for release by the considerate Council to the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture to enable the participation of the State’s Basketball team in the DSTV Premier and most prestigious \Basketball Competition in the Country.

4. Request for funds as assistance to the National Orientation Agency Kano Office:

Contents of this memorandum politely notified the Council of the inability of the Agency to publish the monthly Hausa Newsletter “KAKAKIN NOA” due to financial constraints. As such, the magnanimous Council noted, considered and approved for the release of N500,000.00 to the Ministry of Information for onward payment as assistance to the Kano State Office of the National Orientation Agency to enable continuation of the monthly publication.

4. Ministry of Education.

Request for funds for the Rehabilitation of Tarauni Primary School Classroom Blocks (Nassarawa LGCA’S):

Council approved for the release of the requested sum of N18,655,190.00 to the Ministry of Education to enable SUBEB execute the rehabilitation project at Tarauni Primary School in Nassarawa LGCA since it is in line with the present administration’s resolve to positively intervene in the Education sector at all levels and the fact that the school is strategically located.

5. Ministry of Health.

Two (2) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Health for deliberation by the Council. Thus;

Request for funds for the construction of Wall Fence and Gates at school of Nursing, Kano:
Attention of the Council was politely drawn to a letter received from the Department of State Services requesting for redressing of the physical security at the School of Nursing Kano by the Ministry of Health. And, contents of this memorandum went further to acquaint the Council of findings that resulted from visitations to the school by the Ministry Officials which include;

The main gate is dilapidated needing replacement.
Construction of a wall fence is required.
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N12,208,684.25 to the Ministry of Health to effect the stated project based on its significance and relevance in fortifying the school’s premises and securing it against encroachment and trespass.

Request for funds for the general renovation of Hasiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital, Kano.
The requested sum of N54,685,203.45 by the Ministry of Health for the general renovation of Hasiya Bayero Pediatric Hospital was approved for release by the Council in consideration of the facts that;

The Hospital is the only independent/specialized Pediatric Hospital in Northern Nigeria but suffered serious neglect from the past administration.
The entire structure of the Hospital requires urgent attention to address leakages, completion of external interlock tiling and parking space, wall fencing, construction of gate and mechanized borehole, e.t.c.

6. Ministry of Planning and Budget.

Request for funds to facilitate for the preparation of the new Development Plan/Policy Document:

Council noted, considered and appreciated contents of this memorandum as stating the need for the stated purpose which composes series of activities with financial implications such as Logistics, Consultancy Support Services, Fueling, Provision of Stationary/Office Consumables, e.t.c. So, Council approved for the release of the requested but trimmed sum of N5,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Planning and Budget to expedite action on the preparation of the new Development Plan/Policy document in view of its significance in the day to day running of Government.

7. Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Co-operatives and Tourism.

Submission of Information Memorandum on need to revisit the issue of the Concept of Constructing an Indoor Pavilion at the Kano Trade Fair Complex:

Contents of this memorandum adequately alerted the attentive Council of the Commitment of the past administration on the referred issue which was in response to the need for the State to conform to global practice. Nevertheless, the project was to be jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments. The former did not comply while the latter appropriated N140,000,000.00 in the 2010 approved budget. The contract for executing the project was awarded and the company mobilized to site where resources were committed. Council noted, considered and approved for the enacting of a committee to look into the issue and report findings for consideration.

8. Office of the Head of Civil Service.

Request for approval to release two (2) officers on Leave of Absence:

Council noted, considered and approval for the release of the two officers as requested by contents of this memorandum which presented the concerned officers as;

AbdulRahman AbdulHamid (Lecturer 1) at Kano State Polytechnic selected to participate in the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Programme in Namibia for two (2) years.
Rabi Manzo (Chief Matron) at Hospitals Management Board to participate in the TAC programme at Rwanda for two years.
Both Officers are on permanent and pensionable appointment and Council wish them safe return to their respective duty posts and hope for their being good ambassadors of not only Kano State but the Nation at large.

9. Ministry of Water Resources.

Request for upward review of monthly remittance to the Ministry of Water Resources for Maintenance (Diesel and Services) at Gidan Murtala stand-by electricity generator:

Council noted, considered and approved for the upward review of the monthly remittance from N1,000,000.00 to N1,839,000.00 as requested by contents of this memorandum due to cogent reasons forwarded by the Ministry.

10. Ministry of Land and Physical Planning.

Request for funds to facilitate for the execution of the 5th batch Local Government five (5) Kilometer Road Project:

Contents of this memorandum reminded Council of its approval on the execution of similar projects at twenty nine (29) Local Governments. Now, the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning requests for the release of the sum of N5,467,415,962.71 for the execution of five (5) Kilometer Local Government road project in three (3) LGCAS which include Garko, Garun Malam and Rogo. This brings the total number of similar projects to 32. Council approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to facilitate for the laudable project that has the potential of opening up the entire State for viable economic development.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 18, 2012, 12:21:09 PM »
An Advert i saw on Dailytrust newspaper:

This is to inform all interested indigenes of Kano state that the state executive council has authorised the recruitment of 1003 youths (second batch) 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 applied for jobs in the civil service but were not interviewed are requested to report for interview scheduled to be conducted from the 17th - 21st july,2012 at the following designated centers:


  • Rumfa College, Kano
  • Hospitals management board
  • Ministry of higher Education
  • 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.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:15:43 AM »
Muhsin, i believe they refer to degree holders. I was told that the state guidance and counselling board sold employment scratch cards for N200 and they sort of created a database for indigenius graduates. I have not verified sha, but i believe its a good thing to do.

It's ofcourse a good thing to do, and the gov't have done it. Kudos. However, for your information, the card was, yes, sold for N200; but most of the employed people have qualification below degree. For e.g. of the 70 or thereabout English teachers recruited, only 5 have degree. Our friends have applied, and none got it.

Subhanallah,this is bad news. But does a person need to have a degree to qualify as an enclish teacher? I thought a National Certificate of Education (NCE) is sufficient for one to be a teacher?

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From News Sources / DANA air crash report
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:12:12 PM »
Federal Government Thursday released the preliminary report of the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) into the possible cause of the Dana airline which crashed last month in the Iju Shaga area of Lagos State, killing all 153 passengers and six crew members on board.

The Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of AIB, Capt. Muhtar Usman, under whose auspices the investigation was conducted, said the plane crashed because of complete loss of power from its two engine, while approaching the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

In a preliminary report signed by Usman and made available by Mr. Joe Obi, Personal Assistant to the Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, the CEO stated that the plane that crashed was on the fourth flight segment of the day, adding that it made consistent two round-trips between Lagos and Abuja.

The statement said: “The accident occurred during the return leg of the second trip. DANA 992 was on final approach for runway 18R at Lagos when the crew reported the total loss of power.”

According to the report, the plane after taxing in Abuja was airborne at 14:58 after initial confirmation by the ground engineers that it had a fuel endurance of 3.5 hours.

The report added: “The cockpit voice recorder (CVR), retained about 31 minutes of the flight and starts about 15:15, at which time the captain and first officer were in a discussion of a non-normal condition regarding the correlation between the engine throttle setting and an engine power indication.”

The flight crew, the report added, did not voice concerns then that the condition would affect the continuation of the flight as they continued to monitor the situation “but they became increasingly concerned with the flight’s transition through the initial descent from a cruise altitude at 15:22 and the subsequent approach phase.”

It was at the crucial decision moment, during the period of 15:37 and 15:41, that the flight crew engaged in pre-landing tasks including deployment of the slats, and extension of the flaps and landing gear, indicated the AIB report.

“At 15:41:16 the first officer (FO) inquired, ‘Both engines coming up?’ and the captain replied ‘negative.’ The flight crew subsequently discussed and agreed to declare an emergency.

“At 15:42:10, DANA 992 radioed an emergency distress call indicating ‘dual engine failure . . . negative response from throttle.’”

At 15:42:35, the flight crew lowered the flaps further and continued with the approach and discussed landing alternatively on runway 18L. At 15:42:45, the captain reported the runway in sight and instructed the FO to raise the flaps up and 4 seconds later to raise the landing gear.

“At 15:43:27, the captain informed the FO ‘we just lost everything, we lost an engine. I lost both engines.’  During the next 25 seconds until the end of the CVR recording, the flight crew was attempting to restart the engines.

“Subsequently, airplane crashed in a residential area about 5.8 miles north of Lagos.”

Usman said the airplane struck an uncompleted building, two trees and three complete buildings. The wreckage was confined with the separated tail section and engines located at the beginning of the debris field as AIB concluded their investigation.

The commissioner stressed that the sole objective of any investigation of an accident or incident is for the prevention of accidents and incidents, stressing that it is not for the purpose of apportioning blame or liability.

He said: “AIB with the participation of the parties, including the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), will seek to identify any area of safety concerns during the investigation and implement the appropriate actions for correction or improvement.”

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:09:07 PM »
56th council continued.

6. Ministry for Higher Education.
Request for funds to cater for the final year tuition fees/living expenses in Respect of Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi Studying at University of Glarmorgan United Kingdom:
Contents of this memorandum abundantly reminded the Council of having sponsored the referred student for a three (3) year Undergraduate study in Air Craft Maintenance Engineering at the mentioned University based on his talent and potentials when he constructed a home-made Helicopter exhibited at Katsina State in 2007. As such, Council considered and approved release of the requested sum of N4,760,100.00 (equivalent to £18,450 * N158) to the Ministry of Higher Education to facilitate for the stated purpose in respect of Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi wishing him luck in this endeavor.

7. Ministry of Environment.
Request for funds for the rehabilitation of seven(7) of the twenty four(24) Available shelter belts:
This memorandum presented highlights on the seven (7) most severely damaged/encroached shelter belts in the state and recommends rehabilitating them, since they cover a distance of 50Kilometers. The sum of N15,126,000.00 requested for the purpose was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Environment to expedite action on the stated project since the establishment of new shelter belts is not feasible meanwhile.

8. Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports And Culture.
Two (2) memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council as follows
(a) Request for funds to enable the Kwankwasiyya Academicals participate in the League-Du-Challenge cup Internationale Pre-season Tournament in France (12th-19th August 2012):
Attention of the council was respectfully drawn by contents of this memorandum, to the invitation received from Association Les Sportie2 Coer, Nimes-France for the participation of Kwankwasiyya Academicals Kano in the forthcoming International U-19 pre-season tournament tagged “LANGUE-Doc-Challenge Cup 2012 scheduled to hold 12th-19th August,2012. The invitation results from the team’s excellent and enviable performance at an earlier competition in Niamey, Niger Republic which qualifies it for an automatic ticket in the U-19 preseason professional cup competition expected to be attended by best football teams in South France. As such, this Ministry recommends a 35 member state delegation to attend the event. Such include, Technical crew and players-Thus;
. Permanent Secretary- Head =1
. Sports Desk Officer =1
. Media Officer =1
. A Doctor =1
. Physiotherapist =1
. Curator =1
. Team Manager =1
. Secretary =1
. Technical Crew =7
. Players =20
Total =35
The contingent is expected to depart Kano for France on the 10th of August by Air France through Lagos and return on the 20th of August 2012.
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N24,117,697.00 to the Ministry of information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture to enable the team participate in the tournament. Again, release of the Government officials accompanying the team was approved by the Council.

(b) Request for assistance from the State Government by the Management Of Kano Pillars Football Club for allocation of a 36-seater and 16-seater Buses:
The referred request as endorsed by the Ministry of Information, was humbly presented to the Council sitting which noted, considered and approved procurement and allocation of the requested number and types of vehicles to the Kano Pillars Football Club in cognizance of the fact that the team is currently in the middle of the National Premier League Competition at which the Club ranks Second in its hierarchy. As such, Council directed the office of the Secretary to the State Government to step into the matter and handle appropriately.

9. Ministry of Education
Four (4) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Education for consideration by the Council as follows;
(a) Request for funds for the facilitation of the train the trainer’s workshop on the newly introduced Entrepreneurial subjects and handling of the new Acquired machines:
The considerate Council approved for the release of the requested sum of N3,011,760.00 to the Ministry of Education to enable the facilitation of the referred workshop in view of its significance to the actualization of competent teaching of the newly introduced entrepreneurial subjects along with the acquisition of skills in handling the newly acquired machines. Subjects to be handled as presented include – viz;
. Leather works processing
. Fisheries
. Animal Husbandry
. Catering

(b) Request for funds to enable Kano State represent Nigeria in the 2012 European Schools Debate competition in Czech Republic (29th July – 3rd August,2012)l:
SUBEB forwarded a letter of nomination of Kano State to represent Nigeria at the referred event via contents of this memorandum. Council did not hesitate to approve for the release of the requested sum of N8,161,600.00 to the Ministry of Education to facilitate for the stated purpose according to the details forwarded.
(c) Request for Funds for the Procurement and Allocation of School Buses to the Newly Established and Upgraded Science and Technical Colleges in the State;
Contents of this memorandum abundantly notified the Council of the urgent need for compliance with the referred request in view of its significance to the educational sector – especially the specialized aspects (Science and Technical Education). As such, Council approved for the office of the secretary to the state Government to process the request for the provision of the requested vehicles- thus;

• Government Technical College Danbatta- 1 bus
• Girls Science and Technical College Karaye – 1 bus
• GSTC Dadin Koowa, Doguwa – 1bus
• GSTC Gani, Sumaila - 1 bus
• GTC Wudil (Replacement) - 1 bus
(d) Submission of Information memorandum on the proposal on “Drillo Examination Software” for use by SS3 students in Kano State:
The observant Council noted and considered contents of the referred memorandum as stating the alternative opinion of the Ministry of Education on the issue at hand. As such, Council directed the Ministry of Education to represent its alternative opinion through a more comprehensive memorandum

10. Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Submission of Information memorandum forwarding the report on the Launching of the 2011/2012 Rabies Vaccination Campaign at Kundila Veterinary Hospital:
Council noted the seven (7) point’s revelation from the referred exercise and applauded the performance of the participants and remains expectant of better performance in future on such issues as they are important as to receive commendations from the National Veterinary Research Institute.

11. Ministry of Health
Four (4) memoranda were presented for consideration by the Council from the Ministry of Health. Thus;
(a) Submission of a proposal for the establishment of Vitamin ‘A’ production Plant in the State by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. (GAIN):
Council noted and considered the contents of the referred memorandum and directed for the Ministry Health to represent the case more comprehensively at next Council sitting.
(b) Notification of Kano State Medical Students Association Health Week:
Council noted and appreciated contents of this memorandum as presenting the solidarity of the referred association to the present administration in the state so, Council directed for the release of the sum of N750, 000.00 to the Kano State Medical Students Association in support of their activities.
(c) Request for funds for the purchase and supply of required equipment/furniture to Tuberculosis Drug Resistant (MDR) ward at Infections Diseases Hospital Kano:
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N12,968,428.48 to the Ministry of Health to facilitate for the stated purpose in respect of the fact that the Hospital is the only referral center of its kind in the entire State and deserves a befitting standard as suggested by contents of this memorandum.

(d) Request for fund for the facilitation of distribution of Anti-Malarial Drugs by NMCP to Public Health Facilities in the State:
The responsive Council was politely notified of the availability of the Anti-Malarial drugs in the States Medical store which were supplied to the State by the National Malarial Control Program (NMCP). Contents of this memorandum went further to remind the Council of its approval on the distribution of such drugs to the 44 LGCA’s. So, Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N2,630,600.00 to the Ministry of Health to expedite action on the distribution work based on its significance.

12. Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism
Two (2) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry for consideration by the Council as follows;-
(a)Submission of response to the move by Government to streamline advertisement activities and sanitize its practice in the State;
Council noted contents of the Memorandum.
(b) Request for funds to meet up the State Government’s Share on the Harmonization of Public Private Partnership (PPP) with Globacom Telecommunication company;-
N 27,760,000.00, as requested, was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Commerce to facilitate for the stated programme which is in value 520 youth from the 44 Local Government Council Areas, thus
i.10 from each of the metropolitan LGCAS.
ii.5 from each of the remaining 38 LGAS.

13. Ministry of Land and Physical Planning
Two (2) memoranda were presented by this Ministry for consideration by the Council as follows;-
(a)Request for the approval of upward review of fees and other charges for the Ministry of Land and KNUPDA:
Council noted contents of the referred memorandum and directed for the enaction of a committee to look into the matter and represent the case more comprehensively at next Council sitting
(b) Request for funds to facilitate for the 4th batch of Local Governments five (5) kilometer road projects;-
Contents of this memorandum concisely requested for the release the sum of N23,776,298,443.40 for the execution of the local Government five (5) road Kilometer project at fourteen (14) LGCAS comprising Ajingi, D/ kudu,Dorayi,Gabasawa, Gaya, Gezawa, Kabo, Karaye, Kiru, Makoda, Sumaila, Ungogo and Wudil. These are in addition to similar projects earlier approved for execution by the Council at Sixteen (16) other Local Government Council Areas.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:01:07 PM »
56TH KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

Today Wednesday 11th July, 2012 (22nd Sha’aban, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council held its Fifty sixth (56th) sitting in continuation with sequence of previous sittings during which important policy issues and programmes that positively impact on the quality of lives of our citizenry were deliberated upon.

Today’s Council sitting was presided over by the Governor Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso FNSE during which 36 memoranda were submitted by 13 MDA’s for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N31,217,721,649.40 covering 21 projects was approved for execution by the Council. Thus;

1. Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

Eight (8) memoranda were presented by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council as follows;
(a) Notification of the urgent need to develop the academic (building) section of the Kano State Sports Institution at Karfi town and request for funds to facilitate for the project:
Council was amply reminded of its appreciative award of the contract for the construction of a perimeter wall and entrance gate at the proposed Institute site by contents of this memorandum which at the same requested for the release of funds to facilitate for the construction/development of the academic section so as to ensure for the immediate/timely commencement of academic programs in compliance with the administration’s policy on such projects. As such, Council approved for the release of the requested sum of N394,443,261.12 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the execution of the stated project.
(b) Request for funds for the renovation of damaged structures/properties at Cabinet office Kano:
Contents of this memorandum politely notified the Council of the need to renovate damaged structures/properties at the Cabinet office and requested for the release of the sum of N41,651,857.44 to facilitate for the purpose. Council approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action on the renovation work so as to put the affected structures back to normal use accordingly.
(c) Request for funds for the construction of academic Infrastructure to facilitate operations at the proposed Kano State Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Dawakin Tofa:
Council was politely reminded by contents of this memorandum, that the referred Institute is among the twenty (20) of its type established by the present administration. So, responding to instructions, the ministry of works, Housing and Transport produced designs suitable for the institute upon which bills of quantities were prepared to the aggregate sum of N363,531.506.20 which was requested for release by the Council for execution of the referred project. The Council approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the execution of the stated project in view of its significance and being in line with the present administration’s laudable programmes on self reliance and the creation of employment opportunities.
(d) Request for funds for the construction of Academic Block, two (2) Hostel Blocks and kitchen facilities at Informatics Institute Kura:
Attention of the Council was politely drawn to the need for putting in place additional facilities pending the commencement of academic programmes at the Informatics Institute Kura. As such, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport requested the Council for the release of the aggregate sum of N397,337,217.25 for the construction of Academic Block, two (2) hostel blocks and kitchen facilities for immediate commencement of academic programmes at the Institute and Council complied in order to facilitate for immediate commencement of academic programmes at the Institute in actualization of Governments commitment.
(e) Request for funds for general renovation work at Audu Bako Secretariat Wall fence and provision of security wire:
The responsive Council was amply notified by contents of this memorandum, of the situation of the perimeter wall fence at Audu Bako Secretariat and the need to upgrade it as well as improve the security condition in order to protect lives and property within the secretariat, N54,667,723.68 as requested was approved for release by the Council for the renovation work so as to normalize the security situation at Audu Bako secretariat.


(f) Request for funds for the execution of additional work at Sani Abacha Youth Vocational Center:
Council was politely alerted of the need for additional work in order to complete work started in compliance with an executive directive given on Sani Abacha Vocational Training Center. The sum of N5,042.273.72 as requested, was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable execution of the additional work as directed.
(g) Request for funds for the renovation work at the offices of the World Bank Assisted Projects Kano State:
Contents of this memorandum alerted the responsive Council of the need to carry out renovation works at the offices of the World Bank Assisted Projects Kano State in view of the state of dilapidation and general disrepair of the property. Council noted, considered and approved release of the requested sum of N6,896,615.50 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action on the execution of the renovation works as stated.
(h) Request for Funds for the Construction of Fly-over Bridges(State Road K/Nassarawa and Ibrahim Taiwo Road from Radio Kano):
Council was adequately notified of the multitude number of problems resulting from traffic congestion, road accidents, increase in vehicular running cost, noise and air pollution, delays, loss of revenue and criminal activities which bedevil the transportation situation in Kano being the most popular state in the federation and second only to Lagos in commercial activities. Solutions need to be put in place so as to save the unfortunate situation. And, one such solution is the construction of Fly-over bridges at strategic locations to provide easy flow of traffic and reduction of traffic congestion on our roads. Two(2) cluster of the Fly-over bridges are proposed for consideration-Thus:
1st cluster comprises of;
i. Silver Jubilee/Rotary Intersection(Zaria Road/State Road Round
About/Junction).
ii. Gidan Murtala/Rotary Intersection.
iii. Gidan Radio/Rotary Intersection (IBB Road and Ibrahim Taiwo Road Junction)

2nd cluster comprises of;
. Gyadi-Gyadi/Rotary Intersection(Zaria Road and Maiduguri junction/Round about)
. Dangi/Rotary Intersection(Zaria Road and Zoo Road junction/Round about)
Nevertheless, contents of this memorandum requested for the release of the sum of N5,933,520,068.34 to the ministry of works, housing and transport for the construction of the first cluster of fly-over bridges as first phase of the entire project. Council noted, considered and approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Works for the execution of the stated project due to its significance.

2. Office of the Head of Civil Service.
Request for funds to facilitate for the computerization of the activities of Kano State Pension Trustees:
Attention of the Council was respectively drawn to the significance of information technology in ensuring prudence and efficiency in the conduct of businesses. Specifically, the Kano State Pension Fund Trustees has Five (5) major departments that manage activities related to 19,655 pensioners as at May, 2012 which makes the work enormous and cumbersome thereby making it necessary to computerize its general operations. Main aim of the project is aimed at networking the activities of the five (5) departments for easy coordination as well as ensuring effective and efficient record management of contributors and pensioners funds entrusted to them by the Government. So, Council approved release of N41,708,722.00 to the office of Head of Civil Service to enable the Kano State Pension Fund Trustees execute the stated project

3. Ministry of Planning and Budget.
Notification of the need to domesticate the public procurement and Fiscal Responsibility Laws in the state:
Contents of this memorandum presented details on the need for the domestication of the two laws referred and notified the Council of the two draft Bills being with the Ministry of Justice due to be presented to the previous Executive Council for deliberation before submission to the then legislature for passage into law but was delayed due to some contentious issues which still remain unsolved. Council considered and approved the setting up of a technical committee as proposed to be chaired by the projects monitoring directorate with Ministry of Justice as secretariat in order to work into the issue.

4. Ministry of Water Resources.
Request for funds for the construction of training fish ponds and a hostel block at Magaga Dam site;-
Council approved for the release of the requested sum of N20,585,059.05 to the Ministry of Water Resources for the execution of the stated project so as to actualize yet another endeavor aimed at providing skill acquisition opportunity for our youth.

5. Office of the Secretary to the State Government

Five (5) memoranda were submitted by the office of the Secretary to the state government for deliberation by the Council. Thus;
a) Request for funds to cover expenses for the training of 400 prospective participants from the 44 LGCA’s for a 6 weeks training to be coordinated by NEPAD Kano office:
Contents of this memorandum substantiated to the attentive council that the proposed training aims at empowering youth and women through creating job opportunities and setting up new micro/cottage industries for economic viability. Whereby the training workshop targets at training the beneficiaries on preservation of perishable goods, leather and related products, animal feeds, hatchery production and machine fabrication.
The entire programme is proposed to train 400 participants at its conclusion which will cost the total sum of N23,979,500.00. However, contents of this memorandum suggested for the Council to consider and approve the release of a trimmed sum of N10,000,000.00 to cater for the training of 200 beneficiaries as pilot or first phase/batch of the programme by allocating 40 participants to each of the five various training centers. This way, the efficacy of the programme could be tested through performance of the pioneers pending embarking on the training for the remaining 200 participants in the second batch. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested trimmed sum of N10,000,000.00 to the office of the secretary to the State Government to enable NEPAD facilitate for the proposed first phase of the training workshop.
b) Request for funds to cater for the requirements of 64 qualified students selected for foreign training ( PHD and masters) at the Texas A and M University:
The responsive Council was amply reminded of its commitment to the Texas A and M University project which has to be seen to its successful conclusion. So, Contents of this memorandum requested for the Council to consider and approve for the following;
. Appointing a coordinator for the Kano Campus of the Texas A and M university for which the person of Professor Yakubu Nasidi is recommended.
. A joint budget (counter funding) between the State Government and Texas A and M University for the implementation of the entire project.
. Preparing the 64th qualified students selected for the programme by providing the required funds for their entrance examination.
. Release of 50% of the total budget for the project (i.e $6,036,666.05).
Council noted, considered and approved

c) Presentation of progress report on Interlock tiles laying Projects at some Selected roads in Kano metropolis from the standing committee on Urban Beautification and Development Central Kano State:
Council acknowledged and appreciated contents of the progress reports as highlighted for the twelve (12) selected areas inspected by the committee which include Airport Road, Bompai Road, Sani Marshal Road , Ahamadu Bello Way, Audu Bako Way, Alu Avenue, Iyaka Road, Commissioner Road, Gwarzo Road and Emir’s Place Road, Lagos Street, Race course road. Findings during the inspection visitations prompted the committee to recommend the under listed for Governments consideration and direction for further action.
. KNUPDA must ensure using concrete Kerbs of high quality.
. Government should enforce sanctions on street walkways, hawking and improper parking of vehicles.
. Government to direct street lighting committee to henceforth repair and replace any interlock tiles removed in the course of discharging their responsibilities.
. Government should direct for all road side Kerbs to be painted black and white so as to beautify the road sides.

(d) Request for funds/ratification of the procurement of operational vehicles for some MDA’s to ease their transportation needs for effective service Delivery:
Office of the Secretary to the state Government politely notified the attentive Council, via contents of this memorandum, of the series of requests for operational vehicles from a number of Government organs, most of them with cogent needs for transportation to facilitate ease of service delivery to the community.
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of N51,475,000.00 for the procurement of six(6) vehicles for distribution to six(6) Government organs as follows;
. One(1) Toyota 18-seater bus(new) - suggestion box committee
. One(1) Toyota coaster 30-seater bus - Livestock Institute Bagauda
. One(1) Toyota Hilux D.C - S.S.A project
. One(1) Toyota Hilux D.C - NEPAD
. One(1) Toyota Hilux D.C - Kano Zoo
. One(1) Toyota Hilux D.C - NAPTIP

At the respective cost of:
. N7,500,000.00
. N16,175,000.00
. N6,950,000.00 *4 = N27,800,000.00
TOTAL = N51,475,000.00

(e) Request for funds for the procurement of utility vehicles for Newly appointed Kano State Pension Trustees:
Contents of this memorandum adequately acquainted the Council of the need to provide utility vehicles to smoothen the execution of official responsibilities of the Pension Trustees which include travelling outside the state. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N29,403,000.00 from the funds under the care of the pension fund trustees.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 13, 2012, 12:02:02 PM »
Kano state to train 100 pilots abroad
 
100 indigenes of Kano state are to be sponsored by the state government for training as pilots and other aviation professionals, the state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has announced.

Giving the indication while receiving the General Manager, Mideast Aviation Academy, Jordan, Abdallah Twerish at the government house in Kano, Governor Kwankwaso stated that it is the vision of the government to ensure that Kano citizens dominate the aviation industry in Nigeria in the near future.

He said following initial discussions with the managements of International Aviation College in Kwara state and that of the Nigerian College of Aviation, Zaria, it was realized that the two institutions cannot provide slots of all the proposed 100 indigenes of Kano state.

For this reason, Governor Kwankwaso said the Jordanian aviation institute was invited for discussion on how the government can collaborate with the institute on training of prospective pilots and aviation professionals from the state.

“Apart from this, we have commenced preliminary dialogue with Gulf Medical University, Dubai, UEA for possible establishment of a medical institution in Kano. These are part of efforts we are making to make sure that our citizens make use of all the opportunities they deserve”, the governor maintained.

He said the government has made significant progress on a similar program whereby 500 Kano graduates with first class and second class upper degrees will be sponsored for postgraduate studies overseas, highlighting that the recruitment of 1003 personnel into the state civil service would also commence before long.

Therefore, governor Kwankwaso appealed to people in the state to encourage their young ones to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the government, work hard and earn decent living so that Kano would attain its rightful position in the scheme of things in the country.

Earlier in his remarks, the General Manager, Mideast Aviation Academy, Jordan, Abdallah Twerish said the institute will be happy to collaborate with the state government in training its students, explaining that the academy is internationally approved and recognized by professional aviation bodies.

Mr. Twerish noted that at present, some of his academy’s students are from Kano and are among the best students, assuring that qualified indigenes of the state and other international students would not be denied admission into the academy.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:59:58 AM »
LOL. I wish.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:42:25 AM »
Muhsin, i believe they refer to degree holders. I was told that the state guidance and counselling board sold employment scratch cards for N200 and they sort of created a database for indigenius graduates. I have not verified sha, but i believe its a good thing to do.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:28:59 PM »
Kano State Government has concluded arrangements to award a contract for the construction of two fly-overs in the Kano metropolis.

The Public Relations Officer of the state Ministry of Works, Malam Bashir Habib, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Kano.

He said that the contractors had already presented tenders to the ministry.

Habib said that the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Alhaji Abba Kabir, had said that the contract award would follow due process.

He noted that the aim was to fulfil the state government’s pledge to decongest the metropolis as soon as possible.

According to him, the two fly-overs will take-off from Zaria Road to Ibrahim Taiwo Road while the other one will extend to IBB Way.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:10:34 PM »
55th continued:

6. Ministry of Justice.

Response to PFIZER Inc. proposal made by Kano State Government at the donors meeting of 26th April, 2012;

 Council noted contents of the referred memorandum and approved for the firm of Dikko and Mahmoud to step into the matter on behalf of the State Government in order to ensure that the victims get as much as possible compensation from PFIZER since they have already replied PFIZER’s letter of 22nd May,2012.

7. Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

Three (3) memoranda were submitted by this ministry for deliberation by the council as follows;

(a)Request for funds for the construction of pedestrian bridge at Bompai Police Barracks Kano:
The council noted and considered the referred request as in tune with the policy of the present administration on the provision of qualitative required services that have direct positive impact on the lives of the citizenry. So, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N18,100,653.72k to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to carry out the stated project.

(b)Request for funds to carry out emergency renovation works at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) permanent orientation camp at Kusalla in Karaye LGCA:
N15,447,806.30 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action on the referred project so as to address the state of general disrepair at the NYSC orientation camp regarding its significance.

(c)Submission of Recommendation on the Development of Mass Housing at Loko-Goma Abuja:
Contents of this memorandum reminded Council on issues connected to the re-allocated Loko-Goma land back to the state Government. Council acknowledged the report and approved for the development as proposed.

8. Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Three (3) memoranda were presented by this Ministry for deliberation by the council as follows:

a.Submission of a memorandum on procurement of seeds for implementation of Growth Enhancement Services (GES):
Council noted, considered contents of this memorandum and approved the release of the sum of N153,487,500.00 to the Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources to enable it pay for the cost of 2,110 tones of rice seeds and 696 tones of maize seeds from the Federal allocation to the State. Again, Council approved that each of the 44 LGCAs to serve as a redemption centre for farmers to collect seeds.

b.Request for funds on procurement of some additional fertilizer to accelerate timely provision to farmers:
Council approved the release of N1,190,280,000.00 for the procurement of additional fertilizer as an alternative due to some logistic problem related to supply of raw materials from Lagos to save the situation that poses potential threat to 2012 crop production in the State.

c.Request for funds for the Construction of some facilities at Bagauda Livestock institution:
Council noted, considered contents of this memorandum and approved the release of the aggregate sum of N17,917,750.68 to the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to enable it facilitate for the following at the referred institution..Thus,

                   i.Construction of Toilets/Bathrooms  -N12,382,620.88

                   ii.Kitchen/Cafeteria -                             N4,147,489.80

                   iii.Laying of Interlock tiles     -               N1,387,640.00

                             Total                      -        N17,917,750.68   

9. Ministry of Land and Physical Planning

Two (2) memoranda were presented by this Ministry for deliberation by the council as follows:

(a)Request for the re-validation of Road Contracts for Inherited road projects:
 The Council considered contents of this memorandum and approved the revalidation of the stated contracts along with the release of the sum of N2,714,890,134.23 to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to re-award the contracts to the concerned companies accordingly.

b. Request for funds for the payment of Compensation for Land, Trees and Structures at Dawanau (Northern Terminus):

Council approved the release sum of N420,373,546.00 for the payment of compensation for Land, Trees and Structures at Dawanau as the kind gesture is in concert with the policy of the present administration to compensate for any land acquired for developmental purposes.

10. Ministry of Water Resources

Request for funds for the commencement of laying of 1000mm ductile iron pipes from chalawa Water Treatment plant to Goron Dutse:

Council was notified of the arrival of the referred pipes to Kano by contents of this memorandum and the Ministry of Water Resources is requesting for N67,416,750.00 to commence the work of burying the pipes for a distance of 15 kilometers. Council approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Water Resources to enable the execution of the stated work which will enhance water supply to Kano metropolis.

11. Deputy Governor/Ministry for Local Government

Request for funds on the proposed second phase of Marriage of 250 Divorces/Widows (Zarawara) and Spinsters:

Council approved the release of N10,050,000.00 to facilitate for the implementation of the second phase of Zawarawa marriage programme conducted under the Kano State Hisbah Board.

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