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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: July 11, 2012, 02:05:40 PM »
Today Wednesday 4th July, 2012 (15TH Sha’aban, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council  held its FiftyFifth (55th) 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.

As, usual, today’s Council sitting was presided over by the Governor Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso during which 25 memoranda were submitted by 11 MDA’S for deliberation by the Council.  An expenditure of N4,715,553,666.00 covering 14 projects was approved for execution by the Council.

Ministry for Higher Education
Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry for Higher Education for deliberation by the Council as follows:
Request for funds to facilitate for the conduct of the 2012 Re-Accreditation/Interim Accreditation and Verification Exercise for Kano State Polytechnic:-
The responsive Council was fully informed of the outcome of the accreditation visitation by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to the Kano State Polytechnic during which certain pre-requisite requirements were presented to the school pending accreditation for it’s various courses – thus:-
 
i. Procurement of books                   -        N8,000,000.00
ii. Initial accreditation fee for school of rural Technology and Entrepreneur Development     -                           N15,346,100.77
iii. Accreditation of programmes in school of Technology and Management Studies. N58,741,662.50
 
Total                          -        N82,087,7630.27
 
As such, the Ministry requested the Council for approval of the release of N82,087,763.27 to facilitate for the stated purpose. Council approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to enable the Kano State Polytechnic facilitate for the stated purpose.
 
Submission of an Information memorandum on the Accreditation of the Department of Accountancy at Kano State Polytechnic:-
Council was gladdened by the information contained in this memorandum as they entailed details on the accreditation certificate granted to the stated department by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). So, Council noted, considered and blessed the Institution wishing it well and good tidings in all its performances.

Confirmation of 8No. Kano State Indigenous citizens to the rank of Professors by the Bayero University, Kano.
Council noted with delight the confirmation of eight (8) indigenous citizens of Kano State to the rank of Professor (s) by the authorities of Bayero University, Kano wishing them the best in their future endeavors. The affected professor(s) are as follows:-

1.Prof. Hafiz                                  Biochemistry
2.Prof. Yusuf                                 Medical Geography
3.Prof. Muktari A. Yusuf                Linguistics
4.Prof. Habu                                  Political Science
5.Prof. Muhammad Dalhatu           Economics
6.Prof. Aminu                                 Law
7.Prof. Muhammad I                      Education
8.Prof. Ahmad                               Agriculture
 
2. Ministry of Project Monitoring and Evaluation:-

Submission of a report from the Ad-Hoc Executive Committee formed on the Kano Informatics Institute:-

Contents of this memorandum adequately informed the Council of details on findings by the three (3) member Executive Ad-hoc committee formed on the issue at hand. Essentially the report presented two conditions that need to be satisfied prior to direct affiliation of Kano Informatics Institute with the Singapore Academy. Meanwhile, the committee recommends that the Kano state Government should continue with the programme through the Jigawa state Institute in view of the potential benefits of the program. However, the Ministry for Science and Technology should vigorously pursue the issue of sub-franchise status in order to be independent of the Jigawa State Institute. Again, the committee recommends for the introduction of relevant commercial courses through which government subvention will be augmented and other training opportunities provided to the people in the State. Council noted, considered and approved for the State Government to pay for the admission fees of the newly admitted students so as for them to continue with the programme while at the same time directed the Ministry for Science and Technology to vigorously follow up the request for sub-franchise status with the Jigawa State Institute in order to speed up the process.

3. Ministry of Health

Two (2) memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council:

Request for funds to settle outstanding balance of payment for diesel supplied to State Government Hospitals in August/September 2011:-
The attentive Council was notified of the stated issue by contents of this memorandum. Details presented were that Council approved for the release of the sum of N39,600,000.00 while only N27,000,000.00 was released for the same purpose to the Hospital Management Board leaving an outstanding sum of N12,600,000.00 whose relevant invoice, store receipt vouchers and HSMB allocation slips were presented for Councils consideration. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of N12,600,000.00 to the Ministry of Health so as to enable the HSMB facilitate for he staed purpose in order to ensure the regular supply of Diesel to the Government owned Hospitals so as to power their stand-by electricity generating plants in view of he incessant power outages from PHCN.

African Leadership Magazine Award:
Council noted with deep appreciation the award honored to His Excellency the Executive Governor by a renowned African Leadership Magazine Award in the Northwest zone of the nation for his contribution towards health and human services provision particularly in Kano State.                                             

4. Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Five (5) memoranda were submitted by the office of the Secretary to the State Government for consideration by the Council as follows:

(a)Request for funds for the execution of some environmental related projects as recommended by the sustainable Kano Project (SKP):-
Contents of this communication notified the Council of the request for the joint execution of five (5) environmentally – related projects in which collaborative effort between community based organization and Government are put together whereby the former provides labour while the latter provides the working materials.  Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N7,837,761.90 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Office of the Sustainable Kano Project (SKP) to facilitate for the stated projects.

(b)Request for the provision of operational vehicles to the college of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies from the Honourable Commissioner Ministry for Higher Education:
Council noted, considered and approved for the office of the Secretary to the State Government to step into the issue and allocated the request number of vehicle in view of their significance to the college thus;

(I)One (1) 55-Seater Buses.
(II)One (1) Toyota Hilux Pick-ups.
(c)Request for assistance by allocating a commuter bus to the Student Union Government of Aminu Kano College of Islamic Legal Studies;
This request was presented to the Council as endorsed by the office of the Honourable Commissioner Ministry for Higher Education. Council approved and directed the office of the Secretary to the State Government to take up the matter so as to ensure compliance with the request.

(d)Request for the allocation of six(6) Toyota Hilux Doub`le Cabin Pick-up vehicles to the Road Traffic Department of Works, Housing and Transport:
The statutory functions of the referred Department Compelled the Ministry of works to request for the allocation of the stated number of vehicles while Council approved the allocation of one vehicle and directed the office of the Secretary to the Government to step into the matter in order to ensure provision of one vehicle.

(e)Request for operational vehicles from the Ministry of Women Affairs:
This ministry requested for allocation of operational vehicles to enable it deliver services much more effectively. The request is thus;

(I)Two(2) 18-seater busses.
(II)One(1) Toyota Hilux Double Cabin Pick-up.
Council approved the allocation of item (II) and directed the office of the Secretary to the Government to step into the matter in order to ensure compliance to the request.

5. Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Co-operatives, Tourism and Culture.

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

(a)Notification of the conduct of second edition of Ramadan Fair by Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA):

Contents of this memorandum essentially notified the council of the officially scheduled date to begin the referred fair ( i.e Thursday 12th july,2012 to Sunday 5th August,2012). The fair conducted in its maiden (previous) year was a huge success that deserves an encore as it proved capable of attracting various manufacturers and traders of various commodities such as food stuff, utensils, fruits, e.t.c. All the 44 LGCA’S will participate at the fair along with private organizations and individuals. As such, the Ministry of Commerce requested the council for the release of N5,000.000.00k as logistics and general requirement to facilitate for the fair and a donation of N100,000.00k to the chamber to smoothen conduct of the fair.

Council approved release of the sum of N1,000,000.00k to the ministry of commerce to enable the KACCIMA conduct the Ramadan fair.

(b)  Notification of the Induction of Kano State as a member of Nigeria/Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (NNCC):

Contents of this memorandum notified the council of the induction of Kano State as the fourth public sector member among Ekiti, Osun and Nassarawa states in Nigeria where eleven (11) companies are members from the private sector. This induction is important for Kano State as the commercial hub of Nigeria while the Netherlands remain the biggest trading partner accounting for about 20% volume of trade with the entire European Union. The chamber, as inducted, will create a platform for increased co-operation amongst peoples and institutions in the two countries. Whereby areas such as trade and investment, water resources and waste management, power generation and agriculture can be explored. Council noted and appreciated the remark presented by the Kano state representative at the induction event on Friday 29th june,2021 in Lagos at the metropolitan club Victoria Island.

 (c)    Request for funds for the Completion and Commissioning of Kura Export Production Village (EPV) Project:

This memorandum amply acquainted the responsive Council of the genesis and need for the EPV at kura in which the export promotion commission, NEXIM and UNIDO are keen to work with. The committee on the issue visited Niger republic in January 2012 in order to establish an identical case. The Ministry of commerce in conjunction with the implementation committee is proprosing Thursday 12th july, 2012 for His Excellency the executive Governor Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso FNSE to perform the commissioning ceremony for the project. Essentially, about sixteen(16)  issues with financial implications to the tune of N19,997,076.11 need to be addressed pending full achievement of the set objectives. So, Council approved release of the sum of N7,590,000.00  to the ministry of commerce to enable the implementation committee actualize the proposal of setting up an Export Promotion Village at kura town, where a cottage industry to process tomatoes and peppers into sachets and sacks will be established.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:54:26 PM »
Niger republic is to tap gas from its crude reserve in Zinder province, part of which will be transmitted to Nigeria, because of its importance as a strategic neighbor.

Also, the country is to construct a coal power plant in Taoua, a move which will reduce its power dependence on Nigeria, which currently supplies 60-70 percent of the Nigerien energy need.

The country’s Minister of Energy and Oil, Foumakoye Gado announced this when he received Kano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso who visited him in Niamey, the capital of Niger republic.

He told Governor Kwankwaso that the country’s only refinery currently produces 16,000 BPD of crude oil while its daily need is 6,000-8,000 BPD, explaining that Niger intends to sell its excess crude to Nigeria and Burkina Faso, the proceeds of which would be utilized to improve social services.

Further, Mr. Gado said his country plans to lay oil pipelines from Niger-Chad-Cameroon, pointing out that this is a critical project in which the private sector from Nigeria can invest.

“Only last week, a Former Nigerian Minister Adamu Aliero was allotted an oil block in Niger republic for prospecting so the oil sector is a good area for Nigerian investors to come in,” said the Minister, adding that Kano state and Niger republic could also collaborate at the levels of government and the private sector in energy development.

Responding, Governor Kwankwaso expressed satisfaction with the level of commitment with which Niger republic is revamping its energy sector, noting that businessmen from Nigeria, especially Kano state should invest in the Nigerien energy sector for mutual benefit.

Meanwhile, Governor Kwankwaso has stressed the need for Nigeria and Niger republic to partner in the area of livestock development and enlightenment of cattle rearers on modern animal breeding.

The governor who made the call while exchanging views with the Nigerien Minister of Livestock Development, Mahaman Elhadji Ousmane in his office, said primitive breeding techniques, climate change and nomadism have adversely affected livestock development particularly in the two sister countries.

The governor disclosed that part of measures taken by his government to improve livestock development included the establishment of a livestock institute and five other agriculture based institutes, adding that machinery has already been set in motion for the training of 5,000 youths and the same number of women on cattle husbandry.

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I also wonder why they shy away from it.
It has proven to be a very profitable venture as well.
Education and health is one sector that our rich businessmen have not yet identified.

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General Board / Re: Kano through the eyes of Kwankwaso and Shekarau
« on: July 04, 2012, 03:49:46 PM »
Kudos goes to Aliyu Tilde for the interviews.

I find some things really impressive like the Northwestern University and the Vocational training. I only hope he would stop his principal from comparing everything the administration does to that of the previous administration. It makes no sense to always be demeaning the past Administration in order to make your own Administration look saintly.

My best quote from Kwankwaso's interview:

You see, Kwankwasiyya is an ideology and you can see the result. Go and see how our streets are clean and lit in the night. This is not how we inherited them in 2011. Look at the four major roads that lead into Kano. Additional lanes are added to them, with shoulders, drainages and walkways. Even on the old roads, we are putting interlocking blocks for pedestrians. We are working, day and night.

So I believe it is always good to be responsible, reasonable and mean well to people. That is why I am not in a hurry to probe anybody. Give them the benefit of the doubt. But I know if you build around you so many deep wells and you continue to move around them recklessly, one day you are likely to fall into one. People will reap what they sow. That is my position.

 I am sure the position of first lady isn’t in the constitution. So, first things first. First of all, my wife is my wife – the wife to Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; then, secondly, if you like, she is the wife to the Governor of Kano State.

You see everybody has his own way of doing things. I am not saying that what others are doing is wrong, but I don’t believe that others should think that my own is wrong. My wife doesn’t go to any ministry. I don’t allow commissioners to go to my wife. In any case, if my wife has the governor at her disposal anytime, why would she need a commissioner? "If you want anything in government, tell me," I told her. But she knows - and everybody knows - that I cannot steal anything in government and bring it to her. If there is anything genuine that everybody is entitled to, then she can also go for it.

To me creating an office of the first lady endangers the wife by exposing her to all sorts of risks – the inherent problems associated with politics, with leadership, etc. If you put all your eggs in one basket, you end up in one problem or the other. Also, if you have people who have not gone through the system – like our wives – they may create one problem or the other for themselves. Sometimes, if you cannot fell the tree, you go for the branches because they are very easy to cut and fell. That is why you should not give your enemies that opportunity. We have people who cannot come to terms with marking buildings with kwankwasiyya, what would they do if they catch my wife stealing public money?



Security is the paramount responsibility of any government. And while people are working very hard to ensure that there is security in Kano, at the same time I am calling on everybody to come together and work with us in the interest of the state. This not withstanding, let me say at this juncture that Kano is the centre of knowledge also. We have people who are praying across the state 24 hours a day. In fact, that was why on 29 May instead of celebrating we went to the mosque to pray to Almighty Allah for peace not only in Kano but also throughout the country. The same thing took place in all local governments and wards in the state that day. And you know God is great. We are beginning to see peace coming back in Kano.


Here is my best quote from Shekarau:


Shekarau: My advice for the people of Kano is that they should continue to be patient, law abiding and supportive of any government in place. Once elections are over and a government is in place, support any project put forward by the government. My advice is when any government comes up with a project in the interest of the public; we should put aside political differences and support it. On the other hand, I will advise the government not to over-politicize government activities and projects because that will be the reason that people will have in believing that it is their own project, that it is not about your political party. This is why I am a bit unhappy with the naming of projects after a political party. No matter how bitter you feel about a government, that government will have to live its period. Your abusing the government and quarreling with it doesn’t help matters. You must be patient enough to wait for the elections to come. When they come, use your vote to dislodge who you don’t want to see. This is my advice.

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Amin.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: July 03, 2012, 03:37:40 PM »
Thanks Muhsin,

Kano State government has recruited 1002 graduates into its civil service.

Presenting the new employees with their appointment letters in Kano at the weekend, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said the recruitment was based on merit and all those recruited were drawn from the 44 local government areas of the state.

The governor advised them to show commitment to their assigned job as government would not condone any act of insubordination or corruption.

Of those recruited, 600 would be posted to teach in schools across the state.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:37:10 PM »
54th council meeting continued:

Ministry for Special Duties
Request from the Special Advisor Food Security for Funds to facilitate the transportation of fertilizer to 484 wards for the 2012 cropping season:-

Council considered contents of this memorandum and did not hesitate to approve for the release of the requested sum of N26,117,000.00 to the Ministry for Special Duties for onward payment to the Office of the Special Advisor food Security to expedite action in carrying out the stated purpose considering the fact that the rainy season is already here with us and to fulfill the resolve of the present administration as regards the supply of fertilizer is paramount.

Request for funds for the take-off of the Office of the Special Assistant on Private Health Institutions:-

Contents of this memorandum requested the Council for the release of N1,000,000.00 as take-off grant for the Office of the Special Assistance on Private Health Institutions along with granting approval for the following: furniture, two computers and two printers to be supplied to the office.

Again, three (3) inspection vehicles were requested to be allocated by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for allocation to the PHIRU Office. In addition, contents of the memorandum requested Council to direct the Ministry of Works to inspect PHIRU and prepare a bill of quantities for the renovation/construction of the required structures and submit for Government consideration. Council approved the release of the requested N1,000,000.00 as take-off grant for the stated office holder and approved the other prayers for implementation.

Ministry of Higher Education
Presentation of Results of 2011 Institutional Accreditation of Kano University of Science and Technology (KUT) Wudil:-
Contents of this communication informed Council of the results from the accreditation visitation conducted from 4th – 9th December, 2011 at KUT Wudil by the National University Commission whereby the school scored 65.70% Interim Accreditation which is valid for only 5 years. In summary, six (6) deficiency areas were presented for the school to remedy. As such, Council noted and directed the Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education to liase with the University authorities in addressing issues raised on measures to take remedial action on and present findings at next Council sitting

Ministry of Science and Technology:-
Two memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council as follows;
Request for fund to facilitate payment of foundation courses in respect of 104 number of Kano State students with re-unit cases at Kano Informatics Institute:-

Council considered and approved the release of the requested sum of N2,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Science and Technology to facilitate for the stated purpose so as to ensure continuity for the course in the cases of students concerned.

b. Request for funds for the training of 440 unemployed youth on chalk making:-
Contents of this memorandum appreciatively convinced the council on the empowerment capability of the proposed project to the teeming unemployed youth ion the State which is in concert with the policy of the present administration. So, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N36,176,500.00 as mobilization and facilitation fees for the training to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Ministry of Health
Four (4) memorandum were submitted by the Ministry of Health for consideration by the Council as follows:-

Submission on the proposed Kano State Medical Mission 2012
Contents of this memorandum reminded the Council of the proposed mission with the intent of improving the health care delivery to the people of the State. The mission is a collaborative effort between United State based Nigerian Physicians and Nigerian based Physicians and the State Government. The services usually provided include primary care adult medicine, pediatrics, eye care, general surgery, urology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, etc. In fact the benefits derivable include:-
i. Patients requiring expert advanced surgery will have it here in Kano without going abroad.
ii. Large number of patients awaiting surgeries will be operated in good time.
iii. The mission will create an avenue for collaboration with hospitals in the USA.
iv. The experts are coming along with some equipment to be used during the activities, after which they will be donated to the state.

However, the Ministry of Health requested for the release of N51,722,080.00 for the conduct of the mission which the Council did appreciatively as the endeavour is in line with the policy of the present administration on health issues.

Request for funds for the renovation/completion of works (phase II) to accommodate the new State Agency for Control of AIDS (SACA) at former Bee-Zee-Bee Hotel:-
The requested sum of N29,322,176.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Health to expedite action on the stated project so as to ensure the provision of suitable accommodation, though in co-existence, for the SACA.

c. Request for funds for the procurement of X-Ray machines and Lead Lining works at six (6) Hospitals in the State:-

Contents of this memorandum requested Council for the release of the aggregate sum of N23,787,500.00 to the Ministry of Health to undertake the under listed projects.

i. Supply of three complete Mobile Mediroll X-ray unit with tube & light beam
diaphragm including installation with one year guarantee to Kabo, Sabo B/Z and Gaya Hospitals at N3,500,000 each

ii. Repairs of existing x-ray machines at 3 hospitals: Doguwa, Danbatta and Rogo Hospitals

iii. Lead lining works at Kabo, Sabo B/Z and Gaya Hospitals

Council approved release of he requested sum of money to the Ministry to execute the stated purpose.

d. Request for funds to rehabilitate the Kano Dental Centre:-
Council approved release of the sum of N78,374,877.30 to the Ministry of Health as requested to expedite action on the rehabilitation of the Kano Dental Centre as its services are acutely required by the citizens of State. Such have been in short supply due to the dilapidation and inadequacy of the existing Dental Centre.

Ministry of Land and Physical Planning
Request for funds for the execution of the second batch of five kilometer road project:-
Contents of this memorandum adequately reminded the Council of its approval for the first batch of five kilometer road projects covering eight (8) LGCAs. Another set of eight (8) Local Government Areas have now been fully analysed. They include Bebeji, Bunkure, Dambatta, Minjibir, Rano, Shanono, Tofa and Tuduun Wada. The total sum of N16,203,626,212.80 was approved for release by the Council and award of the contracts to the stated contractors as these projects are set to exert lasting transformation of the urban heritage of the State.

Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
Request for funds for the completion of commercial blocks of flats at Enugu Road Sabon Gari under the care of the Kano State Housing Corporation:-

Need for the completion of the stated blocks of flats was coherently stated for the council to consider before granting the approval for the release of the requested sum of N99,606,797.23 to the Ministry to expedite action on the completion work so as to make the place viable for revenue generation in congruence with the laudable programmes of the present administration.

Request for funds for the installation of street lights at Kofar Kabuga, Kofar Waika and Kofar Ruwa:-
Contents of this memorandum were notifying the council of the compliance of the Ministry to the Executive directives given by the Governor Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on the referred projects. So, an assessed bill to the tune of N36,555,492.00 for the execution of the stated projects was approved for release to the Ministry to comply with the executive directives.

Request for funds for the installation of street lights from Nitel Training School Centre to INEC Round About:-

Council approved release of the sum of N17,582,968.00 to the Ministry to enable compliance to the Executive directives given to it on the stated project as it is in line with the policy of the present administration.

Ministry of Water Resources
Three memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council, thus;
Request for funds for the construction of perimeter wall fence of the new 150MLD Tamburawa Water Treatment plant:-

This request was in line with the policy of this administration and council did not hesitate to approve the release of the sum of N20,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Water Resources to execute the stated project so as to secure and protect the water supply infrastructures.

b. Information memorandum on Revalidation and Authority to Incur Expenditure relative to procurement of 1000mm Ductile Iron pipes for water pipelines contract:-

This memorandum amply reminded the Council of details of the referred communication. Contracts were awarded on the issue at hand and substantial progress has been achieved since.

i. 600mm type of pipes meant for Watari Kano project have arrived project site and work has already begun.
ii. 1000mm type of pipes meant for challawa to Goron Dutse water project are at the port in Lagos awaiting port processing formalities and transportation to Kano.
So Council approved for the revalidation of the contract and the Authority to incur Expenditure relative to the country so as to see the project to its completion considering its significance in ensuring the improvement of pipe-borne water supply to the teeming populace of the State.

c. Request for a review of Cash backing for the supply of diesel and the servicing of electricity generators for the regional water supply scheme:-

Council noted and considered contents of the referred memorandum which prompted the approval of the upward review of the cash backing referred from the preview N42million to N60million and for responsibility to be shared between/among the concerned Local Government Areas.

Office of the Head of Civil Service
Two (2) memoranda were presented by the Office of the Head of Civil Service for consideration by the council.

Notification of the need to extend the 35% salary enhancement as approved since 2011 to the state judiciary:-

Council was adequately notified of the long awaited need for the enhancement of salary status of the judiciary staff to the approved 35% increment level and the Council did not hesitate to approve for the immediate implementation of the upward review so as to bridge all disparities in remunerations approved for the entire civil service.

Request for funds for the settlement of allowances of sixty two (62) medical officers currently undergoing residency courses for the 2012:-

The critical need for the training of medical officers significant to their roles in the provision of critically required healthcare delivery prompted the council to approve release of the requested sum N23,064,000.00 to the Office of the Head of Civil Service to effect payment of the stated allowance to the sixty two (62) medical officers at the respective sum of N372,000 per head.

Ministry of Environment
Two (2) memoranda were presented by the Ministry of Environment for consideration by the council.

Request for funds for the implementation of the sustainable Gum Arabic Production KNAP:-
Council approved release of the sum of the N12,210,600.0 to the Ministry to execute the establishment of gun Arabic plantation on a 20 hectares land and another 20 hectares of Boswellice (Arabrabio) at Kanyen Adam in Gabasawa LGCA. The project is envisaged to help rehabilitate the degraded soil in the area, increase productivity and effectively control wind and water erosion and in addition provide source of income through yield of high quality industrial gum.

Request for the procurement and allocation of one (1) fairly used CAT DBK Bulldozer and two (2) brand new ZL 50G Ladico pay loaders:-

Contents of this memorandum amply stated the need for the above to improve the operational capacity of REMASAB. As such, council approved for the, release of N85,602,234.00 as requested to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for purchase and allocation of the stated vehicles to the Ministry for use by REMASAB.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 29, 2012, 04:27:28 PM »
Today Wednesday 27th June, 2012 (8TH Sha’aban, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council held its Fifty fourth (54th) 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 Kwankwanso during which 39 memoranda were submitted by 13 MDAS for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N17,548,270,477.90 covering 25 projects was approved for execution by the Council. Thus;

Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives, Tourism and Culture.
Three (3) memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for deliberation by the Council as follows;
Request for funds and permission to expand membership of the committee formed to investigate activities of Micro, Small, and Medium enterprises (MSMES) project assisted by the World Bank:-
Contents of the referred memorandum intimated Council of the findings of the Executive Committee formed on the strength of a communication received from NIPC. Summary of the findings highlighted that the main aim of the MSME project is to encourage institutional initiatives through the provision of financial and non-financial services as well as improving the policy environment in selected non oil industries for small businesses to thrive. This endeavour is quite in accord with the present administrations effort at creating jobs and employment opportunities. So, the call for the expansion of the Committee to encompass service providers and Micro – Banks, Desk Officers and World Bank representative from Abuja to conduct an interactive session with at least 100 participants. Facilitation for the interactive session will cost the sum of N575,000.00.

Council approved for the expansion of the committee as requested and the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to enable the facilitation of the stated interactive session.
Information memorandum on the introduction of an In-House Training Programme:-
Council acknowledged and appreciated having received this memorandum as informing the sitting of an In-House Training Programme organized in a bid to shift focus from the acquisition of knowledge to its application thereby developing competence for the trainees in the application of skills and mastering of the art of performing optimally at their duty posts. The training programme has already commenced with thirty eight (38) participants – viz;
i. Eight (8) sectional Heads of the Department of co-operatives
ii. Fifteen (15) Zonal and Unit Heads of the Department of Co-operatives.
iii. Fifteen (15) Senior Officers (GL.13) from the Dept. of Commerce.
Targets for the training achievements include; improved communication internally, improved commitment to work, applied performance measurement at all levels.
Council noted the endeavour and wished the Ministry well along with blessings.
Presentation of the second and third report of the Executive Committee to ensure employment of Kano State indigenous citizens by industries operating in Kano:-

Contents of the referred memorandum reminded the responsive Council of the formation of an Executive Committee assigned the responsibility of monitoring the private organizations/companies in a bid to ensure their compliance with employment of Kano State indigenous citizens at least in the low cadre level of their workforce. The Committee already submitted its first report for February, 2012. Presentation of the second and third reports covering the months of March and April respectively was acknowledged by the Council today whereby it was appreciated after deliberations that contents of the two reports presented details on findings at the fifteen (15) organizations visited and appraised. Highlights comprised the underlisted and more.

i. Most indigenous citizens are incompetent, pampered, indisciplined, immoral, filferous, unreliable, etc.
ii. Employment records of some companies are not comprehensive.
iii. Production cost is too high when sourcing for electricity and water supplies are considered talk less of engaging more hands for whom wages have to be paid regularly.
iv. Employment of 60% of the workforce by private company operators is only possible by promulgation and enforcement of a law on the issue.

Again, the memorandum had ten prayers for the Council to approve and directed eight (8) MDA S to take action upon and report back along with recommendations.

Ministry of Finance
Memorandum on Dividend payment to Kano State Government by Kano State Investment and Properties Limited.
Contents of this memorandum heartened the Council by informing the sitting of the payment to the State Government of dividends accrued from its investment in the company to the tune of N20,000,000.00 as evidenced by Fidelity Bank cheques number 080532231 and 08532214 of N10 million each .
Request for authorization to constitute an Ad-hoc Task Force Committee on Revenue Generation and the allocation of five (5) double cabin Toyota Hillux vehicles.

Council noted considered and appreciated contents this memorandum as stating the very significant need for the setting up of an ad-hoc task Force that will be charged with the responsibility of intensive sensitization, updating tax payers/revenue collection data base and collection of all revenues. The committee to be under the Ministry of Finance/Board of Internal Revenue with membership drawn from; Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Land, revenue generating MDAs and other relevant stake holders. Three to six months period is considered enough for the committee to conclude its assignment and present a report to the Council thereafter. Again, allocation of five double cabin Toyota Hillux vehicles for he smooth operation of the committee was requested. Council approved for the formation of the stated committee and directed the Office of the Secretary to the State Government to look into the issue of the likelihood of allocating the requested vehicles.

Presentation of report on the fact finding visit to Lagos State by the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Finance in respect of statutory charges/levies in the award of contracts:-

Contents of this memorandum reported on the visits of the Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Finance to Lagos State Ministry of Finance and FIRS Office Abuja in order to find and ascertain the current rate and charges in the award of contracts. Main highlights of the findings prompted the Council to consider and approve for the underlisted; viz;
i. Charge 1% stamp duty from the contractors bill of quantities.
ii. For further clarification that the fees being paid for pre-qualification (N100,000.00) are for works registration certificates and application forms not for tender fees.
iii. For the retention of the 2% tender fees.
iv. That henceforth all potential/eligible contractors should provide evidence of the payment of personal income tax as part of requirements for the award of contracts.

Ministry of Education
Five (5) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Education for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows;

Request for provision of School buses to the newly established and up-graded Science and Technical Colleges in the State and construction of additional classroom blocks.

This memorandum coherently substantiated to the responsive Council the need for the allocation of School buses, as is done to almost all secondary schools in the State, to the newly established and upgraded Science and Technical schools so as to ensure smooth and hitch free movement of students especially for medical reasons, field trips, guiz and sports competitions etc at least one bus is required by each of the underlisted schools; GTS Danbatta, GSTC Dadin Kowa, GSTC Gani, Sumaila, and GTC Wudil.

Again, the Ministry requested via this same memorandum for the Council to consider and approve the construction of additional classroom blocks (Kwankwasiyya type) in some colleges under the STSB in order to accommodate new intakes and decongest the existing classes to current 40 students per class policy of the present administration. The concerned schools are: GTC Kano, GSTC Kano, Muktar Adnan Day Science College, GTC Ungogo and GTC Bagauda.

Council considered and directed the Office of the Secretary to the State Government to take action on the issue of allocating the five buses to the five schools mentioned. Likewise Council directed the Office of the Hon. Commissioner for Education to re-present more comprehensive memorandum on the issue of construction of more classroom blocks.

Request for funds for the placement of Hardboard ceiling and Terrazo floor finish with PVC ceiling and floor tiles respectively and execution of additional works at Govt. sec. school Kwankwaso (ETF-BOT/2010):-

Contents of this communication reminded the Council of an executive decision taken at one of its sittings at which the Ministry of Education was instructed to replace Terrazo floor finish and hardboard ceiling with the modern PVC ceiling and floor tiles respectively for further infrastructural improvement of facilities at GSS Kwankwaso. Additional work was discovered in the endevour. So, the Ministry requested the Council to consider approving the release of the aggregate sum of N19,045,768.47 for the replacement of the materials and execution of the additional works. Council approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Education.

Request for funds to carry out required additional work at the newly established Governor’s College Kofar Nasarawa:-

Contents of this memorandum notified Council of the series of vinspection visits to the referred school by His Excellency Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso during which he directed for additional works and changed some specifications which essentially wil cost N35,796,082.00 from the details presented. The Ministry requested Council to approve the release of the stated sum of money to enable facilitation of the directive given by His Excellency the Governor. Council approve release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to facilitate for the stated purposes.

Request for funds for the construction of perimeter wall fence of three (3) primary schools:-
Contents of this memorandum requested the Council to approve the release for the sum of N126,121,600.79 to the Ministry of Education to enable compliance with the Executive directives given by the Executive Governor Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso on the wall fencing of Danbagina P. S in Dawakin Kudu LGCA, Dorawar Sallau P.S in G/Mallam LGCA and Danladi Nasidi P .S in Kumbotso LGCA. Council approved release of the requested sum to the Ministry to enable SUBEB execute the stated projects.

Request for funds for the completion and expansion of a school building donated to the Ministry of

Education at Unguwar Gini in Municipal Local Government Area:-
Council approved the release of the requested sum of N26,932,243.85 to the Ministry of Education to execute the completion and extension of the school premises donated to the Government by a philanthropist Arch. Ibrahim Garba Kabara.

Request for funds for the establishment of a Boarding primary school at Minjibir town in Minjibir Local Government Area:-


The requested sum of N184,897,614.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Education, in compliance with a promise made by the Governor Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to establish a boarding primary school in Minjibir town. The main aim is to improve and uplift the fallen standard of primary education in the State. Twelve (12) different projects are to be executed with the aggregate requested and approved sum money.


Request for funds to address the physical deplorable condition of Government Secondary School Kafin Maiyaki (Phase I):-

N84,259,784.39 was approved for release by the council to the Ministry of Education in order to address the physical deploration condition at GSS K/Maiyaki so as to improve the dilapidated infrastructural facilities for conducive teaching and learning.

Request for funds for the construction of a wall-fence and Administrative Block and Standard Gate House at GJSS Janbulo Gwale Local Government Area:-

Need to separate Janbulo primary school from GJSS Janbulo was substantiated to the council by contents of this memorandum which made council to approve release of the requested sum of N17,970,434.60 to the Ministry of Education to expedite action on the issue so as to provide an enabling and conducive situation for GJSS Janbulo as the school will soon be upgraded to senior secondary status.

Request for funds for the construction of wall fence to demarcate GGSS Unguwa Uku from the Football pitch that shares the abundant undeveloped piece of land with the school:-
To save encroachment into the premises of GGSS Unguwa Uku, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N7,302,812.18 to the Ministry of Education to expedite action on the construction of the wall fence as requested.

Office of the Secretary to the State Government

Four (4) memoranda on issues under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government were submitted for consideration and deliberation by the Council; Thus;
Request for Operational Funds/members sitting allowances (Jan – May, 2012) submitted by the State Standing Committee on Solid Minerals Development:

Council noted, considered and approved the release of the sum of N1,815,000.00 as requested as funds to settle the sitting allowances for the nine (9) members of the standing committee on Solid Minerals Development.

Request from Kano State Water Board for funds to procure a 30-seater bus:-
Council approved release of N16,175,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the procurement and allocation of one (1) unit 30-seater bus to the Kano State Water Board for conveying its staff to their places of work at challawa with a view to motivating them for effective and efficient service delivery.

Request for funds for the settlement of tuition fees in respect of 15 Kano Indigenous candidate qualified to undergo a one (1) year course in power generation engineering at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria:-

The Council considered and approved the release of the requested sum of N11,250,000.00 to the office of the secretary to the state Government to facilitate for the stated purpose since it is in concert with the policy of the present administration.

Request for sponsorship of Kano State Indigenous candidates for commercial pilot training at International Aviation College Ilorin:-

Council noted, while considered and appreciated contents of this memorandum as requesting for sponsorship for 50 qualified indigenous candidates from the state into the referred college for the mentioned course. Council agreed in principle but approved and directed the office of the SSG to represent the issue in respect of 100 candidates.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: June 27, 2012, 10:59:21 AM »
Family and associates of the recently assassinated Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Mr. Sale Abubakar Ningi, were Tuesday taken aback when one Salihu Goni,  during interrogation by a team of detectives from the Kano State Police Command, allegedly owned up as the mastermind of the plot that led his death along with two others in Kano three weeks ago.

Goni, also known as Kaka, was said to have told a team of police detectives during interrogation that he shared close relationship with the late former police boss, stressing that the closeness put him at vantage to hatch and successfully execute the plot.

“The late DIG Ningi has been my benefactor, he had helped me with money, food items during Salah celebrations and other festivities, and had been a constant visitor to the house, and severally I wine and dined with the family,” Goni confessed.

Explaining how he hatched the heinous act, the suspect, who was picked up by the police at Hotoro Haye in Kano metropolis, confessed that he monitored the Ningi’s movement and alerted one Gana Bukar, also in police custody, to lay ambush with one other person now at large.

Ningi, alongside his friend and driver, were murdered, while returning from his factory at Dakata Sauna Kawaji Industrial Layout, an outskirt of Kano metropolis on June 5 by suspected gunmen who rode on motorcycle.

Addressing journalists on the development, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said further investigation had led to the arrest of other suspects in connection with the murder of the late senior police officer.

He disclosed that one Muhammed Tahir, 22, was arrested at Dandishe Kurna Asabe quarters, adding that three cans of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered from his shop.

The commissioner noted that the suspect also confessed during interrogation to have conspired with several others to launch an attack at the Bayero University Kano
(BUK) worship centre on April 29. also confessed killing a Customs and SSS officers.

“We have widened our dragnet and robust investigation is ongoing and we will do our best to get to the root of the heinous crime in the state,” the police commissioner stated.

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General Board / Re: Kano News
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:48:04 AM »
Kwankwaso launches Tree Planting Campaign in Tukwi
 
Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state has launched this year’s tree planting campaign at Kano state poultry Institute, Tukui, Makoda local government area and presided over the graduation of the 200 women who were given three-month intensive poultry farming training at the same venue.
Speaking on the joint occasion, Governor Kwankwaso said that said three million seedlings are to be distributed to people as well as the schools, government ministries and parastatals in the state as part of efforts to fight desertification.
He stated that his government decided to reintroduce the tree planting exercise to create awareness on environmental issues and to spearhead efforts aimed at protecting the ecosystem.
“We can’t allow things to continue to degenerate anyhow. Continued deforestation is threatening our farm lands as well as human and animal existence. Everybody is at risk so we must join hands to stop desert encroachment and its attendant effects”.
He therefore cautioned people against indiscriminate felling of trees and other physical activities that are not friendly to the environment, urging people in the state to embrace the culture of tree planting for their own good.
The governor directed the state Commissioner for Environment to start the distribution of the free seedlings provided by government on time in order to take the advantage of the current rainy season.
On the training of women in poultry rearing, he stated that it is the third phase of its kind aimed at empowering Kano state women, where over N9 million has been spent.
Governor Kwankwaso said during the training, beneficiaries were taught various poultry techniques in addition to the Islamic and civic education courses to give them a broader view of life.
He said each woman would go home with complete poultry facilities ranging from feeding equipments, medications and donation of the chickens for them to start with. He therefore called on them not to sell the poultry and spend the money frivolously, as this would defeat the purpose of the empowerment training.
“We will mobilize vetinary doctors to go round each of the local governments and supervise the exercise to avoid any unwholesome acts, at the same time provide beneficiaries with advice for the success of the programme”, Governor Kwankwaso explained.
Meanwhile, Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso paid an inspection visit to the site of the on-going construction of Bandarawo city and assured that all the three cities being built by his administration would be completed before the end of his tenure.

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General Board / Kano News
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:46:07 AM »
Here, we can post news that concerns Kano State and if we want, discuss the news.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:03:47 AM »
53rd council continued

2.Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
Seven (7) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for deliberation by the Council. Each is presented in turn.
 
i.Request for funds for the reconstruction of Gulu – Cell culvert and Erosion Control:-
Contents of this memorandum notified the attention Council of the unfortunate collapse of the former Gulu culvert in the year 2009 an issue tht makes crossing the river difficult or impossible especially during the rainy season. Gulu culvert provides the only access between Gulu town and the Local Headquarters at Rimin Gado town.  Again, the area has high agricultural potentials as majority of he inhabitants are farmers involved in the cultivation of rice, wheat, maize, sugar cane, guinea corn, ground nuts, etc. and need to move around o markets with their products. Attempts have been make earlier to repair the culvert but the contractor did not mobilize to site due to one reason or another.  As such, the Ministry requested the Council to approve release of the aggregate sum of N240,180,092.36 for the reconstruction of the cell culvert and erosion control around it whereby the responsibility is to be shared between the State and Rimin
Gado Local Government Council on 60:40 percent basis or
a. N144,108,055.42     -        State Government
b. N96,072,036.94       -        Rimin Gado Local Government
     Total                         -        N240,180,092.36
 
Approval for the release of the requested sum of money was granted to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the execution of the stated project.
 
ii.Request for funds for the construction of overhead bridges at Kurna Babban Layi and Kurna Makaranta along Katsina Road:-
Contents of the referred memorandum reminded the Council of earlier awards of contracts for the construction of a new overhead pedestrian bridge at Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso and the rehabilitation of three others at strategic locations within the metropolis.  Such projects were undertaken to reduce to the barest minimum the frequent number of road accidents which tantamount to serious injuries and deaths in many instances when pedestrians try crossing the roads.  Success recorded with the aforementioned projects and the observed level of compliance by the public vis a vis the yielded positive results, the Ministry deemed it appropriate to extend the Government’s goodwill to other vulnerable locations such as the two in question. So, the Ministry requested for the release of N73,693.240.46 for the two project. Council approved release of the aggregate requested sum for the execution of the two projects stated as each is in congruence with the policy of the present administration on the provision of vitally required qualitative services especially those with direct positive impact on the lives of the citizenry across the State.
 
iii.Request for funds for Interlock laying work around the chalet area at Government House Kano:-
The Council was adequate notified by contents of this memorandum of the threat caused by storm water during rainy season to the chalet area at Government House over the years. So, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport proposed an interlock laying exercise to arrest the recurrent problem fo which the sum of N12,102,522.10 was requested. Council approved release of the requested sum to the Ministry to expedite action on the interlock laying exercise around the chalet area at Government House Kano so as to save it from the unexpected especially with the advent of the rainy season.
 
iv.Request for funds for the construction of overhead pedestrian bridges at Aminu Kano School of Islamic Legal Studies and BUK Old Campus Gate:-
Council was abundantly reminded by contents of this memorandum of having approved the award of similar contract at Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso and the rehabilitation of three (3) others at strategic locations within the metropolis. Same project was proposed for execution by the Ministry at each of the two location referred in this memorandum. The sum of N36,420,140.15 was requested for release for the execution of each respective project which brings the total aggregate sum to N72,840,280.30 for the two. Approval for the release of the requested sum was granted by the Council to the Ministry to enable the execution of the stated projects as both are in line with present administration’s policy of providing required qualitative services that impact positively on the lives of our citizenry.
 
v.Request for funds for the purchase and provision of a brand new electricity generator to the Kano State House of Assembly:-
Notification of the State of disrepair of the only electricity generating set at the House of Assembly was brought to the Council in this memorandum. The same machine is said to have been installed since year 1990 (22 year ago) time span within which it became obsolete.  So, the sum of N17,066,590.00 was requested for the purchase and installation of a brand new 635 KVA electricity generator and overhauling of the existing old one – thus;
a. Cost of 635KVA generator                =       N14,129,500.00
b. Installation cost                                =       N992,800.00
c. Overhauling of existing generator    =       N1,944,290.00
d. Total                                                  =       N17,066,590.00
Approval was granted for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to facilitate for the stated purpose.
 
vi.60% Balance Payment for the Insurance Cover In respect of Federal Assisted Public Mass Transit in Kano State
Council recalled its earlier approval for the provision of Comprehensive Insurance Cover for the 65nos. Federal Public Mass Transit Buses at its sitting of Wednesday, 19th October 2011 in which 40% of the amount payable to the two Insurance Companies (Unity Kapital Insurance Plc, and International Energy Insurance) was decided.
 
Due to that approval the sum of N6,088,100.00 and N14, 821,200.00 have been paid to Unity Kapital and International Energy Insurance respectively. Per the agreement reached with the Government, the Council today approved the payment of the balance of N9,801,841.00 and N22,242,150.00 to Unity Kapital and International Energy Insurance respectively.
 
vii.Partitioning of ICT Park, Ado Bayero House, for the Northwest University Temporary Site
Council recalled the present administration efforts towards the establishment of an additional University in the State, which gave rise to the on-going construction works of the Northwest University and the urge to commence operations prior to the completion of some infrastructure at its permanent site, at Goron Dutse.
 
The Government in the interim decided to utilize ICT Park, Ado Bayero House as temporary site for the take off of the University, hence the need for the partitioning of the 5th floor of the ICT Park to give room for the institution. The sum of N60,364,880.00 was therefore approved for the construction of demountable Aluminum partitions of the floor for the temporary use of the Northwest University.

3.Ministry of Land and Physical Planning
 
Request for funds for the execution of the State and Local Governments five kilometer Roads Joint Projects:-
Attention of the Council was drawn by contents of this memorandum to the popularly acclaimed commendable initiative of the Government and its stewardship concerning the implementation of five kilometer road projects in the Headquarters of all the 44 Local Government Council Areas of the State.  The initiative though recently conceived will bring about a striking development drive throughout the length and breadth of Kano State. The routes envisaged were carefully selected by the communities themselves to provide the best physical development benefits to the towns concerned.  Designed as dual – carriage ways, the road will also be electrified and provided with street lights to modern standards, befitting typical African Urban centres of their status. However, the projects are proposed to be executed in phases starting with the following nine (9) Local Government Council Areas; viz: Albasu, Bichi, Dawakin Tofa, Gwarzo, Kibiya, Kura, Madobi and Warawa each of which is to bear an average cost of N1,730,718,015.21 bringing the entire project for the nine Local Governments to the aggregate cost of N13,825,697,752.90
 
Council approved release of the sum of N13,825,697,752.90 to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning for the execution of the stated project.
 
 
b) Compensation for structure adjoining Tokarawa Primary School:
 
Council approved the release of N7,348,170.00 for the payment of structure and undeveloped lands belonging to private companies close to Tokarawa Primary School. This is necessitated due to the uncomfortable condition the School found itself due to the claim on its land by neighboring industries who were issue C. of . O’s around.  
 
4.Ministry of Justice
Presentation of a memorandum of the “Control of Animals (Amendment) Bill 2012:-
 Council was abundantly notified of an existing Law in the State referred to as “Control of Animals Law 1991” which is comprehensive in its application but need amendment regarding its penal provisions on payment of fines which are very insignificant. Deliberation on the Control of Animals (amendment) Bill 2012 Council considered contents of same and approved it for transmission to the Kano State House of Assembly for passage into Law.

5.Ministry of Health
The Council acknowledges having received a communication from the Ministry of Health on “Kano Medical Mission 2012” which is aimed at bringing foreign expatriates to help in difficult to handle cases especially of surgery. Council appreciated contents of the referred communication but directed the Hon. Commissioner of Health to have an in-depth look into the mission and report details of findings at next Council sitting.
 
6.Ministry of Rural and Community Development:-
 
Four (4) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Rural and Community Development for deliberation by the Council as follows:-
i.Request from funds for the purchase of Office equipment and consumables:-
Attention of the Council was significantly drawn to the fact the appreciatively sustained release of the sum of N400,000.00 monthly as over head cost fund to the Ministry is grossly in adequate. As such, the Council was requested to approve release of the sum of N1,982,000.00 to the Ministry for the purchase of four (4) 2 tons Panasonic Air-conditioners (standing), two (2) set of computers, printers and other accessories, twenty (20) toner cartridges, twenty (20) cartons of A4 papers and 3,600 liters of Diesel for 3 months use. Council approved release of the requested sum to the Ministry to facilitate for the stated purpose so as to smoothen operations and ensure provision of effective service.
 
ii.Request for approval and release of funds for the construction/provision of ventilation improved pit latrines (VIP) at some major rural markets in the State:-
Contents of this memorandum notified the Council of the need to construct toilets at seventy (70) market locations across the 36 Rural Local Governments in the State as a joint venture between the State and concerned Local Governments in the ratio of 40:60 (i.e 40% State, 60% LG). Importantly, a unit cost of each VIP facility was proposed to be at the tune of N10,078,153.50 totaling up to N705,526,745.00 for the seventy (70) VIP facilities. Sharing this cost between the State and concerned Local Governments will be N282,210,698.00 for the State while N4263,316,047.00 will be for the LGA to shoulder. Council appreciated the proposal and was prompted to direct the Hon. Commissioner to include Kumbotso, and Ungogo in the proposed construction of toilets at their markets for decision at the next sitting.
 
iii.Request for permission to utilize the retrieved concrete poles of NAMA site and funds to cater for some needs of REB:-
Council was alerted of some damages sustained by some power networks in various part of the State occasioned by the recent heavy downpour and concomitant breakage of H.T/L.T concrete poles.  REB appraised six (6) areas in four (4) Local Government and came up with the umber of 63 No. H.T. Poles required to address the situation. Council was requested to grant approval for the utilization of some of the retrieved L.T. and H. T concrete poles to rehabilitate the identified broken power lines so as to restore light in the affected areas and safeguard the cables and the release of he sum of N2,000,000.00 to REB as logistics.
 
iv.Request for funds for the purchase of borehole drilling compressor:-
Contents of this memorandum notified the Council of the general need for repairs of almost all machines available at the Ministry, which makes it precarious for the discharge of its normal services – especially the drilling of boreholes. As such, the sum of N15,000,000.00 was requested for release by the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to enable it purchase a new ingesol compressor model 470 CFM150 PSI as required for one of its most important service the drilling of boreholes. Council approves release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry to under take the stated purpose.
 
 Ministry for Special Duties
Request for funds for the training of 200 Lafiya Jari Potential Beneficiaries fourth (4th) batch from the Office of the special Adviser to the Executive Governor on Sanitation/Immunization:-
Release of the sum of N46,952,712.00 was approved to the Ministry for Special Duties for onward payment to the Office of the Special Adviser to the Executive Governor to enable the facilitation of the training of 200 Lafiya Jari Potential Beneficiaries fourth (4th) batch in continuation of the laudable programme sheikh is inline with the policy programmes aimed at positively impacting and gainfully transforming the lives of our teeming youth to self employment.
 
Ministry of Information, Youth Sport, Tourism and Culture.
Request for funds for sponsorship of Kano State Contingents at National Athletics competition holding in Akwa Ibom.
 
Council approved release of the request sum of N693,000.00 to this Ministry to enable it facilitate the participation of the Kano State contingent at  a National Athletics Competition in Akwa Ibom State. This is in concert with usual as per sponsorship for any participatory sporting activity. This administration never hesitate to support any meaningful sporting endeavour at whatever level since inception of its second tenure.
 
Office of the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner for Local Governments:-
 Request for funds to implement the proposed Brand New Taxi Service Scheme in Kano Metropolis:-
The considerate Council approved the release of the sum N567,475,000.00 to the Office of the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner for Local Government for the purchase of 260 band new taxi to be distributed across the 44 Local Government of the State.  The gesture will certainly reduce the level of income equality and create job opportunity with the potentials of boosting the investment portfolios of the Local Government Councils with the attendant income generation sources to each of them. Nevertheless, this is only in the 1st phase of the entire scheme.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:00:29 AM »
Today Wednesday 20th June, 2012 (1ST Sha’aban, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council  held its Fifty Third (53rd) 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.  Authentic, indelible and easily retrievable records show that since inception of its second tenure, the current administration pursues tangible projects spanning all sectors putting emphasis on its commitment to fulfilling campaign promises driven by the general resolve to proving good governance characterized by exemplary leadership in which utilization/deployment of resources, though conspicuous, is guided by prudence and transparency.
 
It is delightful to note the reawakening of the hopes and fulfillment of the aspirations of the people of Kano State as depic1tr ted in the glaring progress  achieved in the improvement of the quality and quantity of services provided by Government across all sectors – especially water supply, agricultural production, education, healthcare delivery, environmental sanitation and refuse disposal, repairs of street and traffic lights, beautification  of urban Kano, provision of security, provision of skill acquisition and employment opportunities etc.
 
Notably, in fifty two (52) sitting during the first year of its second tenure, the present administration approved a capital expenditure of over N52 billion at an average of over N1billion per sitting.  Unusually, an expenditure of N71, 738,374.99 covering only five (5) projects was approved for execution by the Councils during its most recent 52nd sitting

Today’s Council sitting was presided over by Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso during which 30 memoranda were submitted by 9 MDAS for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N15,277,311,576.45 covering 26 projects was approved for execution by the Council.
 
Office of the Secretary to the State Government
Thirteen (13) memoranda from the Office of the Secretary to the State Government were deliberated by the Council as follows:-
 
 i.Request for funds from the Ministry of Health for the conduct of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) implementation in the State:-
This memorandum significantly alerted the Council of the fact that Nigeria as a country adopted the integrated Maternal and Child Health (IMNCH) as a strategy for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) numbers 4 and 5 as effective interventions to reduce/address Health issues of Mothers and Children and is to be implemented twice yearly.
 
The Ministry of Health and its partners, as stated in the memorandum, have arranged to conduct the first round of the IMNCH week to cover 11th – 16th June, 2012 in all the wards of the 44 Local Government Council Areas in the State. Approval for the release of the sum of N7,669,800.00 was requested by the Ministry of Health to support the implementation of the week whose aggregate financial commitment involves providing essential drugs and other supplies, coordination, monitoring and supervision.  Council approved release of the requested sum to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Health to implement the first round of the stated activity since it is in line with the administration’s policy of qualitative and timely provision for the health sector especially of the nature involved here.
 
ii.Presentation of a memorandum for the ratification of the procurement of operational vehicles to some MDAS to ease their transportation needs for effective service delivery:-
This memorandum substantially acquainted the Council of the series of requests for operational vehicles from a number of MDAs, most of them with cogent needs of transportation as effective means for efficient service delivery.  Office of the secretary to the State Government presented the respective quotations considered for he purchase and supply of fourteen (14) vehicles which were already allocated to beneficiaries. Essentially the total sum of N111,939,803.00 was expended for the project which Council appropriately ratified.
 
iii.Request from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) for the release of funds for the conduct of Head Count for teaching and non teaching staff in all primary schools in the 44 LGEA:-
Council approved release of the requeste4d sum of N5,047,379.85 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government of onward payment to SUBEB to facilitate the Head Count so as to have an accurate and relevant Bio-data of staff working in the State’s primary schools which will enable sound planning of Human, Material and Financial resources needed for effective and efficient service delivery.
 
iv.Request from the Ministry of Health in respect of the supply and installation of two (2no) 100 KVA electricity generating sets for the Schools of Nursing and Midwifery Kano respectively:-
Contents of this memorandum reminded Council of the executive directive given to the Ministry of Health to relocate the 200 KVA electricity generator supplied and installed by the World Bank Assisted Health System Development Project II serving the two schools to be moved to the newly established Governor’s Collage as well as its replacement with two (2No.) 100 KVA (Perkins) electricity generators to the Schools.  Having complied with the initial directive, the Ministry finds it apt to request for the purchase, supply and installation of the two (2No) 100 KVA (perkins) electricity generators at the total cost of N8,279,926.50 including VAT and Stamp Duty plus one year warranty. So, Council approved release of the requested sum to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Health to enable it facilitate the requested project.
 
v.Request for funds to cover the annual grant extended to community Development Committees in the State:-
Council approved the release of the sum of N1,000,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to enable it cover the annual grant extended to community Development Committees in the State. The gesture was in recognition of the essential existence of self help groups in each Local Government and their roles in the implementation of Government Community Development policies at grassroots level.
 
vi.Request for the provision of Start-off tools for the graduating trainees of vocational trades – batch I organized by theand VSO:-
Contents of the referred memorandum informed Council of the facts that the Vocational trades programme is being conducted at Municipal and Kwakwachi vocational Training centres with financial support of N1,600,000.00 fro the VSO for feeding of trainees while the STSB is responsible for all the necessary consumables, equipment, tools and resource persons.  The STSB informed the Council that the two centres will soon graduate eighty eight (88 No.) Vocational Trainees in different trades each of which is to be given the relevant tools/equipment required to set up the trade(s) they respectively trained for. The aggregate cost of the number and type of tools/equipment to be purchased is to the tune of N9,452,550.00. So, Council approved and directed the Interim Management Officers (IMOS) of the Local Government Councils especially those with benefiting trainees to contribute appropriately and pay the money to STSB for the procurement and distribution of the start-off tools/equipment to the trainees according to their respective requirements.
 
vii.Request for funds for the maintenance/rehabilitation of Kwankwaso Child Friendly Initiative School by SUBEB:-
Council noted, considered and approved release of the requested sum of N26,534,466.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the SUBEB for the execution of the underlisted at Kwankwaso Child Friendly Initiative Schools
Repairs of 8 classroom blocks
Repairs of one library
Repairs of one teachers house
Repairs of some toilet blocks
Wall fencing
Land scaping
Cost = N20,478,466.00  and
 
provision of 336 pupils furniture
provision of 22 teachers furniture
provision of sporting facilities
cost = N6,056,000.00    
Grand total  =  N26,534,466.00
 
The gesture was typical of the present administration’s tradition of completing whatever is started especially where it involves the education sector.
 
viii.Request for the release of funds from the Ministry of Education to settle the outstanding 2010 female Internal Examination Registration fees that was borrowed buy yet to be release by Government:-
Council noted, considered and appreciated contents of the referred memorandum as alerting the Government of its responsibilities regarding payment of female internal examination fees especially the one in question. As such, the responsive Council approve revalidation of the approval and release of N9,017,500.00 meant for female internal examination fees for the year 2010 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Education to enable the AIED settle the outstanding loan.
 
ix.Request from consideration and approval for the Kano State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to examine, clarify and justify claims and appeals for settlement of outstanding contract payments for the construction of Karaye to Kwanyawa road and completion of Murtala Muhammad Library by Messrs Standard Construction Ltd:-
Council considered contents of this memorandum approved and directed the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport being the main stakeholders to examine the claims and report findings at next Council sitting for Government’s consideration on the next line of action.
 
x.Presentation of situation report in respect of Kwanar Dawaki Cattle Market/Small Scale Industrial Layout by Ministry of Land and Physical Planning:-
The Office of the Secretary to the State Government informed the Council through this memorandum of having received the situation report from the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning whose details prompted the reformation for the Council to consider approving the following:
Cancellation of all plots allocated at the kwanar Dawaki small scale industrial estate TP/KNUPDA/Z16A” by the then Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Co-operative and Tourism.
The 78 plots at various stages of development be allocated to those individuals and companies making the development but they must be compelled to pay appropriate development charges.
Previous allottees and other interested citizens be allowed to apply for fresh allocation of the remaining 163 plots based on merit.
xi.Request from Youth Directorate for Economic Empowerment for funds to facilitate registration for six (6) additional Kano State Indigenous candidates offered admission into Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron Akwa Ibom State:-
Council approved release of the requested sum of N1,980,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Youth Directorate for Economic Empowerment to facilitate registration of the six (6) additional successful Kano State Indigenous candidates offered admission into the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron.
 
xii.Request from Kano State Zakkat and Hubsi Commission for permission and funds to implement Ramadan feeding and Ramadan Disbursement programme for the year 1433 (2012):-
The Council noted, considered and approved for the permission and release of the requested aggregate sum of N120,000,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Kano State Zakkat and Hubsi Commission for the implementation of the Ramadan feeding and Ramadan Disbursement programmes.
 
The gesture was in fulfillment of the present administration’s policy of providing its teeming populace with essential/social services among which are the Ramadan Feeding (Iftarus – Sa’im) and Ramadan Disbursement (Tallafi) in which the less privileged and other deserving people in the society benefit. Same was done last year and an enchore does not require any emphasis.
 
xiii.3 Day license coaching workshop for 40 based coaches.
Council perused the request for assistance from Kano State Football Association (FA) an affiliate of National Football Federation (NFF) for the release of funds for the conduct of a 3 day license coaching workshop for 40 home based coaches. The training will be conducted in collaboration with Mississippi Soccer Association, USA. A 2 man delegation will arrive Kano for the training, which is expected to take place from 20th-23 June 2012. The sum of N950,000.00 was approved as State share for the conduct of the training of Kano Based Coaches.      
 
In the same vein Council approved the release of N693,000.00 for the participation of Kano State Contingent at the upcoming National Athletics Competition at Akwa Ibom State.

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Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:24:51 AM »
Today Wednesday 13th June, 2012 (23rd Rajab, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council  held its Fifty Second (52nd) sitting in continuation with previous sittings during which important policy issues and programmes that positively impact on the quality of lives of our citizenry were deliberated upon.  Authentic, indelible and easily retrievable   records show that since inception of its second tenure, the current administration pursues tangible projects spanning all sectors putting emphasis on its commitment to fulfilling campaign promises driven by the general resolve to proving good governance characterized by exemplary leadership in which utilization/deployment of resources, though conspicuous, is guided by prudence and transparency.
 
It is delightful to note the glaring progress achieved in the improvement of the quality and quantity of services provided by Government across all sectors – especially water supply, agricultural production, education, healthcare delivery, environmental sanitation and refuse disposal, repairs of street and traffic lights, beautification  of urban Kano, provision of security, provision of skill acquisition and employment opportunities etc.

Today’s Council sitting was presided over by the Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso during which six (6) memoranda were submitted by three (3) MDAs for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N71,738,374.99 covering five (5) projects was approved for execution by the Council.

1.Ministry of Education
 
Request for funds to facilitate for the remaining component activities required for the Mass Literacy Campaign launched on May 27th 2012 by His Excellency Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso:-
 
Council is aware of the present administration’s commitment to make our people literate before 2015 as to attain one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The citizens are aware of the recent launching of the Mass Literacy Campaign by His Excellency, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on May 27th 2012. To achieve this, Government approved the conduct of an Identification exercise and allocation of 4 Motor Vehicles for monitoring the implementation of the campaign. The remaining component activities requirements include the following;
 i.Training of 323 master trainers
ii.Training of 16,148 facilitators
iii.Curriculum review and production
iv.Public enlightenment campaign.
v.Procurement of Instructional materials
vi.Payment of facilitators/supervisors allowances
vii.Monitoring the entire process.
 
A detailed plan of action for the conduct of these activities was also presented for   Council’s consideration and approval for the release of the sum of N54,506,400.00 as funds to facilitate for the remaining component activities to ensure the successful take-off of the Mass Literacy campaign.  Council approved the release of the requested sum to the Ministry of Education so as to enable the Agency for Mass Education facilitate for the remaining component activities for the successful take-off of the literacy campaign.
 
Council noted with appreciation the official trip to United States of America by His Excellency the Governor which after series of discussions with the management of Texas A&M University towards the establishment of their satellite campus in Kano to enable citizens’ benefit. The University campus was already allocated a temporary site at the former Staff Development Centre, along Airport.
 
 
Office of the Secretary to the State Government:-
Four (4) memoranda were submitted by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for deliberation by the Council as follows.

a. Request for funds to enable the State Hockey team partake in national competition at Kaduna and Abuja.
 
Council approved the release of the sum of N1,125,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture to enable the Sports Council facilitate the participation of the Kano State Hockey team in this year’s (2012) national competition which will hold from 5th - 9th June, 2012 at Kaduna and for which the grand final will hold at Abuja from 20th – 26th August, 2012. This approval is based on an invitation from Nigeria Hockey Federation. This Administration supports participatory sporting activities for their tendency to poster unity, cohesion and integration at all level of human existence.
 
b.Request for funds to settle bandwidth charges under the (NICEP) initiative programme of the galaxy backbone and the payment of hosting services for the State and MDAs websites.
 
Council approved release of the sum of N7,652,474.99 for the settlement of 2012/2013 Annual recurrent bandwidth charges of (Schools/Colleges) under the NICEP Initiative Programme of the Galaxy backbone of Federal Government owned ICT solution provider with mandate to provide connectivity and transversal services to MDAs under the programme (Galaxy V-Sat and Accessories) at no cost to the beneficiaries while their respective Governments shoulder their cost of bandwidth, recurrent cost and support services charges.
           Six institutions were selected under the Galaxy Backbone projects, viz;
i)Government Girls Secondary School, Albasu.
ii)Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Danbatta
iii)Sani Bello Science Secondary School Dawakin Kudu
iv)School of Rural Technology and Entrepreneurship
v)Ibrahim Ayagi Science Secondary School, Dawakin Tofa
vi)Government Science Secondary Gezawa
 
c. Request for funds to enable re-imbursement of expenditure incurred by Kwankwasiyya Academicals.
 
The attention of the Council was drawn to the superb performance of Kwankwassiya Academicals Soccer Team at Niger Republic (18th – 25th April 2012) where the team was victorious and won the trophy. Council acknowledged the amount spent by the team to participate in the competition and approved release of the sum of N1,817,000.00 to enable re-imbursement of the expenditure incurred by the team.

d.Request for release of funds for the payment of batch “B” 2011/2012 National Youth Service Corps transport allowance for 295 corps members in the State:
 
The considerate Council approved release of the sum of N6,637,500.00  to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government to facilitate payment of transport allowance to the 295 corps members who served in post primary schools passing out in the 2nd week of June, 2012.
 
Council also approved upward review of the allowances given to all Corp members that serve in the State tertiary institutions.
 
Office of the Head of Civil Service
Request for sponsorship to participate in a workshop by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria Kano State Councils to hold in Ibadan Oyo State:-
 
Council was reasonably alerted of the need for the State’s participation at the referred workshop which is aimed at promoting Labour Management relations as well as expose participants to the dynamics and strategies on issues related to conflict management and dispute resolution in a complex industrial relations environment. The main theme to be discussed at the workshop is “ Promoting Labour Management Relations for Industrial Harmony and Enhanced Productivity in organizations”.
 
Council considered the harmonious and cordial relationship existing between the Government and existing Labour Unions and Congresses in the State and approved its backing for transportation, registration fees, accommodation, feeding, etc. for the participants. The gesture is to strengthen and further buttress the present administration’s stand on issues related to labour. For example, this Government is among the pioneering States to commence and sustain the payment of the N18,000.00 minimum wage and is in the forefront in the employment of new hands into its Labour force (i.e. 1002 youth employment policy). Promotion of already employed personnel is regular while Government’s decision to sale its houses to public servants has reached advanced stage.
 
Swearing-in of newly appointed Permanent Secretary:-
 
Council observed the swearing-in of a new permanent secretary and the redeployment of two. The newly appointed permanent secretary in the person of Hajiya Uwa Bello Makama posted to Special Duties Department in the Office of the Deputy Governor. The redeployed permanent secretaries are Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sport and Culture has now been posted to Ministry of Project Monitoring and Evaluation, while that of Protocol was posted to Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sport and Culture.
 
Biometric data for Pensioners in the State
Council, considered and approved the conduct of Biometric data generation exercise to State Pensioners with a view to ascertaining the actual number of pensioners in the State Payroll. This will at the end help the Government improve pension in Kano State.
 
Employment of 1003 youths
Council approved the employment of 1003 youth in addition to the already employed 1002, whose appointment letters are ready for issuance soon by the Governor. This policy is to reduce the number of the unemployed qualified indigenous youth of the State.

45
Kano Forum / Re: Kano executive council meetings from 25th April 2012
« on: June 08, 2012, 11:32:41 AM »
Today Wednesday 6th June, 2012 (16th Rajab, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council held its Fifty first (51st) sitting in continuation with previous sittings during which important policy issues and programmes that positively impact on the quality of lives of our citizenry were deliberated upon. Easily retrievable authentic records show that since inception of its second tenure, the present administration pursues tangible projects spanning all sectors putting emphasis on its commitment to fulfilling campaign promises driven by the general resolve to proving good governance characterized by examplary leadership in which utilization/ consumption of resources, though conspicuous, is guided by prudence and transparency.

Unfailingly, today’s Council sitting was presided over by His Excellency the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner for Local Governments Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje during which fifteen (23) memoranda were submitted by eight (8) MDAs for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N225,171,360.78 covering fifteen (15) projects was approved for execution by the Council. Thus;

1. Ministry of Rural and Community Development

Request for permission to utilize some of the retrieved electrical materials from Kofar Naisa Nama site:-

Council acknowledged having received a memorandum from the Ministry of Rural and Community Development dated 23rd may, 2012. Contents of the referred communication adequately reminded the Council of a report presented on 13th March, 2012 at its 10th sitting with extract number SSCA/CA/EX/18/12. Essentially the report was on the compliance of the Rural Electrification Board to remove all the installed electrical materials that were not connected to the National Grid from former NAMA site at filin Kofar Na’i’sa. Inventory of the materials is as follows;

a. L.T. Concrete poles - 239
b. Stay wire/insulator - 33
c. H. T. Concrete poles - 63
d. Disc Insulator - 9
e. 11KV pin insulator - 18
f. Stay rod shaft - 50
g. 11 KV Angle iron - 18
h. Shackle insulator - 327
i. D-Iron and pins - 56
j. B/Nuts - 81
k. Extension straps - 7
l. Tie shaft - 20
m. Flying stay - 06
n. AAC 100mm2 - 57

Council was made to note that the materials are still available as stored in the REB’s store and could be used to address problems recently reported by the Board. One problem is at Gwarzo Local Government area while the other is along Yar’ Gaya – Wudil road, where PHCN networks were destroyed by the recent rainstorms. So, the issue was considered favorably in principle by the Council for the utilization of some of the electrical materials. The Ministry was directed to submit what its required for the repairs of Yar’ Gaya-Wudil Road, and that of Gwarzo Local Government areas. In the same vein, the Council received an interim report that thieves that had been vandalizing electrical installation were caught by the Nigerian Civil Defence Corp. Two of the vehicles being used to transport the vandalized items and the individuals involved are now with the authority being interrogated. The case would soon be transferred to the Court for adjudication. Council is seeking the support of the people in the protection of government properties. The Council appreciates the effort of the security personnel in the State.


2. Ministry of Justice

Submission of a proposal on the enaction of a Law on Free Integrated Maternal Child Health:-

A bill proposed for enaction into law was presented by the Ministry of Justice to the Council for consideration and transmission to the Honourable House of Assembly for consideration and passing into law. The bill is tagged as “Free Integrated Maternal and Child Health Care Bill 2012” and has two schedules and eleven sections. Council considered and deliberated on the proposed bill and acknowledged its contents as being in accord with the high premium placed on health care delivery services by the present administration especially as it affects Maternal and Child health. The Council noted the importance of such a bill and set up a committee to study it before its submission to the Honourable House of Assembly for consideration and ultimate passage into law.


3. Office of the Secretary to the State Government

Four (4) memoranda were submitted by the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows:

a. Submission of progress report on admission of 25 No. Potential State Indigenous Candidates into Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) programme:-

Council was adequately informed of the outcome of the trip undertaken by the Director General Directorate for Youth Empowerment in order to witness the screening exercise of the candidates into the Agency’s (NIMASA) programme at which only 19 of the 25 candidates were qualified, while the remaining 6 were rejected due to deficiencies in science subjects. Nevertheless, Council was made to understand that 33 candidates are expected to attend the medical test at Lagos while 3 State officials are expected to escort them. Council approved the request for the sponsoring of the officials who are to escort the candidates for the interview. Council is ready to support qualified indigenous candidates to pursue further educational qualifications.

b. Request for funds for the purchase of computers for use at the State House of Assembly:-

Council was adequately intimated of the need of computers for use at State House of Assembly as presented in the table below:

S/N ITEM OFFICE/OFFICERS UNIT PRICE TOTAL AMOUNT
1 1 Pad (Apple 2) 3GB 64GB Wireless/Bluetooth 40 Hon. Members and 6No. management staff 170,000.00 7,820,000.00
2 Laptop Computers (Dell) 500GB hard disk 4GB Ram 8No. 105,000.00 840,000.00
3 Desk top computers 20 No. 96,000.00 2,496,000.00
4 Hp lesser jet printer 122oP 10 No. 45,000.00 450,000.00
5 Sharp copier SF 2,500 model copy print scan 1No. 716,625.00 716,625.00
6 Hp Scanner 2No. 20,500.00 41,000.00
Total N1,153,125.00 N12,363,625.00


In respect to the pressing nature of the Assembly’s work, Council graciously approved the release of the requested sum of N12,363,625.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the purchase of computers as presented in the table above for allocation/distribution to the Honorable State House of Assembly.

c. Request for permission to open Revolving Fund Account for Phiru Unit of the Ministry of Health by the Senior Special Assistant on Health Institutions:-

Council was coherently notified by the contents of the referred memorandum that the request was necessitated by difficulties posed by an earlier agreement reached on revenue sharing formula between the State Government and the Ministry of Health in which all registration fees, both new and renewal should be shared into 50:50 as proffered by Exco-committee as stipulated in the State Health institution operational Guidelines. Clearly, Council was informed of the fact that these petty charges are not part of revenue being collected but minor charges made as pre-registration, accreditation inspection, directory booklets, operational guidelines etc. And, the money realized is continuously being used for fueling official vehicles attached to the unit, media coverage, sanitary provisions and printing of documents. So, Council noted, considered and granted permission for the opening of a Revolving Fund Account for the Phiru Unit at the Ministry of Health and directed the Office of the Hon. Commissioner of Health, in collaboration with the Senior Special Assistant on Health Institutions, to report progress on the issue at next Council sitting


4. Ministry of Health

Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Health for deliberation by the Council – viz:-

a. Request for funds for the purchase of Dental Equipment/Instruments for the Dental Unit of Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital:-

This memorandum clearly notified Council of the gratitude of the Ministry of Health on the attention accorded to health care delivery services since inception of the present administration especially the new befitting face lift given to the Accident and Emergency Unit and Maternity wing of the Murtala Muhammad Hospital. All the same, the referred memorandum requested Council to consider and approve release of the sum of N38,330,841.00 to the Ministry of Health for the procurement of Dental equipment/Instruments so as to enable Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital venture into another specialty area properly such as dental care services which upgrades its standard as a Teaching Hospital. Release of the requested sum was approved by the Council to the Ministry of Health to facilitate procurement of the Dental equipment/Instruments in order to replace the obsolete existing ones at the current Dental Unit as the gesture is in congruence with the current administration’s trends of meaningful intervention on issues to do with health care delivery.

b. Request for funding of activities of the State Immunization Plus days on Polio Eradication:-

Council was clearly notified of the need to continue providing support for the laudable programme referred and the Ministry of Health requested for the release of the sum of N14,530,000.00 to facilitate supervision, training, logistics and public enlightenment activities for the four (4) remaining rounds of he polio eradication programme. Release of the requested sum was approved by the Council to the Ministry of Health to enable it continue the polio eradication programme to its completion.

c. Request for funding of activities of the State Task Force Committee on Immunization and Polio Eradication:-

The referred communication presented a request for the release of the sum of N8,328,500.00 to the Ministry of Health for the provision of additional resources for the second half of the year to enable the committee continue with its planned activities. Council approved release of the requested sum to be used for the stated purpose since the gesture only ensures the completion of an already started project.


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

Request for funds for the rehabilitation of Sharada Small Scale Industrial Estate Kano:-

Contents of the referred memorandum substantially alerted the Council of the current dilapidated condition of the Sharada Small Scale Industrial Estate established in the 1980s for the purpose of providing conducive environment to the small scale industrialists for their operations. 83 Small Scale operators of various trades operate in the area thereby providing employment opportunities to many people.
However, maintenance of internal drainages, culverts and the entire road networks has been poor since establishment of the estate. As such, contents of the memorandum essentially requested Council to approve release of the sum of N14,997,803.76 to enable the Ministry facilitate rehabilitation work at the Sharada Small Scale Industrial Estate. Council approved release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Co-operatives and Tourism to execute the stated project.


6. Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport

Two (2) memoranda were submitted by this Ministry for consideration by the Council. They include:-

a. Request for funds for the upgrading of Executive Parking area at Government House, Kano:-

Council was adequately notified by the contents of the referred memorandum of the present condition of the executive parking area and the need to upgrade it to conform with a typical and befitting Executive parking porch obtained globally. As such, Council approved release of the requested sum of N17,367,322.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to expedite action on the stated purpose.

b. Request for funds for the renovation and construction of wall fence at Driving School along Zaria Road Kano:-

Council appreciated the notification of the State of disrepair of the property referred in the memoranda and the importance of constructing a boundary wall to surround the entire premises so as to secure lives and property. The requested sum of N55,370,012.81 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Work, Housing and Transport for the execution of the stated project as it is in line with the present administration’s policy of securing and fortifying all Government properties to safeguard them from encroachment.

7. Ministry of Education:-

a. Request for funds on the need for the wall fencing of Sabon Layi Primary School Bichi.

Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Education for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows;

Council approved the release of the sum of N13,572,695.34 for the construction of a perimeter wall fence of Sabon Layi Primary School in Bichi so as to prevent series of encroachment threats posed to the school and to provide adequate security to the School.

b. Request for funds for the Rehabilitation and Renovation of Beguwa Primary School in Bichi LGA & Kafin Galadima Primary School in Madobi LGA.

The Council approved release of the sum of N19,234,653.30 for the construction of additional 2 classrooms and 2- seater toilet as well as provide furniture at Beguwa Primary School and Kafin Galadima Primary School to provide conducive environment for effective teaching and learning.

c. Request of funds for the Construction of Perimeter wall fence of 4No. Primary Schools.

Council approved release of the sum of N31,075,907.57 for the construction of perimeter wall fence at Karfi Central Primary School, Kosawa (Imawa) Primary School, Yalwa Yadakwari (Dakasoye) Primary School and Gora Liman Primary School so as to prevent further encroachment in the respective Schools.

8. Ministry for Land & Physical Planning:-
Council noted and appreciated the scheduled official visit by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform to the State from Sunday 10th to Wednesday 13th June 2012 for advocacy and sensitization. In addition, the Committee selected Kano State as one of the two States to undertake the pilot scheme of the project (systematic land registration).

51st Progress Report

Condolence on Recent Plane Crash in Lagos:-
Council extended on behalf of His Excellency the Executive Governor and the Good citizens of Kano State, its deepest sympathy to the families of the retired AIG Shehu Ringim and the recent victims of Dana Airplane crash in Lagos. The Government send its condolences to the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria for this loss.

Council also noted with deep appreciation the kind suggestions and support given to this Administration by various stakeholders and citizens toward the development of the State.

Brief by the Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Tourism:

Council noted with appreciation that, Hon. Commissioner had a meeting with the visiting Minister of power & steel including other stakeholders on Electricity improvement and distribution in the state.

You are aware of the recent operation conducted by Nigerian Immigration services for apprehending a sizeable number of Chinese Nationals who are retailing at Kantin Kwari Market in the State metropolis. Council today noted the State visit by the Chinese Deputy Ambassador while, a State technical committee was established comprising representation from Ministry of Commerce & Justice, Immigration officials, and Kantin Kwari Market Associations to submit a report in the next two weeks.

Brief by the Hon. Commissioner for Water Resources:
You may recall that the present administration procured heavy ductile water pipes worth over N2 billion for laying across the State. Today, Council noted with delight the receipt of additional pipes in the State awaiting more in due course.

Brief by the Hon. Commissioner for Rural & Community Development

Council noted with appreciation the usual effort by the civil defense & other Vigilante groups over the taking into custody of unpatriotic men for the vendalisation of electricity cables in their vehicles while discussion continue between the Hon. Commissioner and NEPA officials to take further neccessary action.

Brief by the Hon. Commissioner for Agric:

The esteemed Council noted the receipt of an NYSC corps constructed clinic at the Kano Zoological garden by the Hon. Commissioner in the same vein the amusement park is duly ready for opening and blessing.

Brief by the Secretary to the State Government:

Council noted with appreciation the official visit to Federal MDAs Abuja by the SSG and Hon. Commissioner for Land. Amongst the visited MDAs by the group are Federal Ministry of Works, Housing and Environment where issues on Land reforms, prototype building plans in Kano State will soon be resolved with an official planned visit to the State on 18th-21st June by the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform proposed partnership with the State Government.

In the same vein, the Committee paid an official visit to Federal Ministry of Culture and Tourism as issues on Kano Tourism Master Plan were discussed and soon will be supported by the Ministry. Other matters include further development of Kano City Wall with Gidan Makama in order to boost tourism industry in the State.

Visit to Kano by the Sudan Ambassador:-

Council noted with deep appreciation the official visit of the Ambassador who was received by the Deputy Governor as issues related on the establishment of a Sudan Cultural center including an Institute of Arabic studies in the city. However, the State Government allocated a suitable Land at Kwankwasiyya village for the grand project that will form a great synergy in cultural promotion and other scholarship grants.

The esteemed Council also noted the official visit by Deputy Governor to Senegal & Burkina Faso over the State representation in a General meeting on trans-border migration crisis between the Nomadic Fulani and Farmers mostly found across West African States and Societies, as related issues were deliberated and recommendations made that, States should allocate specific land for the settlement of all nomadic Fulani.

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