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45th Kano State Executive Council Meeting
 
Today Wednesday 25th April, 2012 (4th Jumada Thani, 1433 AH) is the Fourty fifth (45th) sitting of the Kano State Executive Council and falls within the normal sequence of meetings during which important policy issues and programmes are deliberated upon.
Comprehensive and easily retrievable records show that the present administration upholds a steady tempo in pursuing projects that touch on everyday life of our people whereby the apparent general thrust aims at improving the quality of services rendered by the Government on Healthcare delivery, Education, Water supply, Agriculture, provision of employment and skill acquisition opportunities, beautification and aesthetic improvement of urban Kano among other things.
Prudence and transparency as guiding principles dictate the phase at which this administration delivers its services from inception to date. As such, only a modest number of nineteen (19) memoranda from eight (8) MDAS were deliberated upon by the Council today.  Importantly, twelve (12) projects with monetary cost of N836,381,231.27 were approved for executions while the remaining four (4) without monetary value received acceptance of the Council. They include;

1.    Office of the Head of Civil Service
Request for fund to settle backlog of money owed to Civil Servants studying overseas:-
Council graciously noted the request for the release of the sum of N78,723,089.00 to the Office of the Head of Civil Service to enable the facilitation of payment of money owed to eighteen (18) Civil Servants studying in various courses at different institutions overseas. The money covers the backlog owed by the previous administration and Council responded by appointing the Honorable Commissioner for Higher Education to study the submission and report his findings to the Council for its deliberation next week. In fact, this administration inherited a crisis ridden education sector that was fast approaching the stage of complete breakdown, with most of the institutions either on strike or facing shortage of critical manpower. The tertiary institutions were facing overcrowding in classrooms and lack of instructional materials. Thus, since the inception of this administration efforts are being made to resuscitate the State education system as more classes and new schools are being constructed. Already, the Administration has approved the sponsorship of 500 State natives to study higher degrees overseas to provide manpower to newly established higher institutions in the state.

Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
Three (3) issues (projects) were submitted by this Ministry but only one project was considered and approved by Council – as follows:-
a.    Reconstruction of Challawa Bridge:-
Council notes the failure of the Challawa bridge since August, 2009 and is aware of the inconveniences caused to the people of the area especially during the rainy seasons when movement comes to a stand still.  As such, the people spirited Council approved release of the sum of N581,294,889.00 to the Ministry of Works to enable it pay Messrs. Triacta Nigeria Limited for the execution of the reconstruction of challawa bridge project.

2.    Office of the Secretary to the State Government
Four (4) issues (projects) under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government were presented and received the blessing of the Council as follows:
a.    Request of funds from Kano State Library Board in respect of execution of some vital programmes/projects:-
Council considered the request and graciously approved the release of the sum of N12,730,388.40 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for payment to the Ministry of Education in order to enable the Kano State Library Board carry out the under listed projects.
1.    Renovation of 8 Divisional Libraries                N4,795,988.40
2.    Supply of computers and accessories to 20 locations    N1,901,900.00
3.    Acquisition of books for 18 Divisional Libraries.        N3,932,500.00
4.    Supply of Generators for 18 Divisional Libraries.        N1,800,000.00
5.    Repairs of grounded mobile Library vehicles        N300,000.00
Total                                    N12,730,388.40
Approval was given in consideration of the fact that Library services are very important for educating any community.

b.    Request for funds for fencing of Land proposed for Women Centre at Unguwa Uku, Tarauni Local Government Area by Kano State Agency for Mass Education:-

Council considered and approved release of the requested sum of N5,135,941.30 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for payment to the Ministry of Education so as to enable the Kano State Agency for Mass Education execute the project of fencing the proposed Land for Women Centre at Unguwa Uku. This will deter encroachment by unauthorized persons into the area and safeguard it pending complete establishment.

c.    Request from Ministry of Health for funds for the payment of accreditation fees and purchase of recommended text books and equipment for the Schools of Midwifery Kano and Danbatta respectively.
Council considered the significance of the two schools as sources for the vitally required professional midwives that practice in our hospitals and approved release of the requested aggregate sum of N7,264,230.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Ministry of Health so as to enable it carry out the tabulated projects below:
1.    School of Midwifery Kano
i.    Accreditation fees                        -N500,000.00
ii.    Accommodation/feeding of accreditation team    N240,000.00
iii.    Purchase of books/equipment                 N3,284,230.00
Total                                     N4,024,230.00


2.    School of Midwifery Danbatta
i.    Accreditation fees                        N500,000.00
ii.    Accommodation/feeding of accreditation team    N240,000.00
iii.    Purchase of books/equipment                N2,500,000.00
Total                                    N3,240,000.00
Grand Total                            N7,264,230.00

d.    Information memorandum submitted by the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Science and Technology on findings from his mandated visit to the Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology (3rd – 5th March, 2012):-
Council acknowledges receipt of the information memorandum referred to above and appreciates the contents thereof.  Considering this, Council approves the recommendations forwarded by the Kano State Ministry of Science and Technology viz:
i.    Provision of ICT infrastructure in both Primary and Secondary Schools to enhance Global knowledge acquisition.   
ii.    Establishment of a digital village to provide IT Training for youth and members of the public.
iii.    Establishment of Kano State E-Learning Centre to facilitate the process of Governance.   
iv.    Establishment of Digital Library which is the trend all over the World.
v.    Establishment of command control centre for security and emergency response.
vi.    Establishment of Biometric Data Base of all resident and citizens of Kano State.
Implementation is recommended to be done in phases while the SSG was directed to study and advise the Council.

3.    Ministry for Higher Education
Two (2) issues were submitted by this Ministry for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows:-

a.    Submission on Late Admitted students into Nigerian Law School 2011/2012 session and request for funds to settle their bursary allowances:-
The concerned Council notes that eight (8) Law graduates from various institutions were able to secure late admission into the Nigeria Law School and to settle their bursary allowances is necessary. As such, the sum of N2,560,000.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry to enable it meet the purpose.

b.    Submission of information memorandum on the notification of provisional approval to run NCE program at Aminu

Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies:-
The Council acknowledges receipt of the information memorandum referred and appreciates the provisional approval t run NCE programs at Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies granted by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Efforts of both the Ministry for Higher Education and the College on the issue are noted by the Council.

Ministry of Environment
Three (3) issues (projects) were submitted by the Ministry of Environment for consideration and deliberation by the Executive Council as follows:-

a.    Procurement of three (3) units of 12m3  Garbage Collection Compactor vehicles for the Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB):-
The Council is informed of the challenge faced by the operational capacity of REMASAB due to the inadequacy of the number of serviceable heavy machines and plants of which the Board has only two (2) that operate alternately. Need to improve the operational capacity of the Board prompted the Council to approve release of N69,595,312.50 to the Ministry of Environment so as to enable REMASAB procure the requested three (3) additional units of 12 m3 garbage collection compactor vehicles.

b.    Request for funds to purchase chemicals and equipment for the continuation of the vector and mosquito control program for the period of April to December, 2012:-
The Council recalls the standing funding arrangement between the State Government and the eight (8) metropolitan Local Government Council on the control of mosquito and is fully aware of having released the sum of N90,000,000.00 to cover the past nine (9) months (July 2011 to March 2012). The request is favourably considered by the Council due to the impending rainy season.  Therefore, the sum of N90,000,000.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Environment to enable REMASAB purchase chemicals and equipment for the continuation of the vector and mosquito control programme for the period of April to December, 2012.

c.    Request for funds for the procurement of working materials for 1155 street sweepers/sanitation workers under REMASAB:-
Council approved release of the sum of N4,351.880.00 to the Ministry of Environment to enable REMASAB procure working materials/hand tools for its 2.310 workers.  The materials/tools include standing brooms, shovels, rakes, hoes, cutlasses, wheel barrows, trolleys, hand gloves, rain boots, nose masks and polythene bags. Council considered the essential requirement for all the tools in effective performance of the workers in making the decision.
Ministry of Planning and Budget;
The Ministry submitted two memorandums, which were approved by the Council as follows:-

a)    The Council deliberated on a memorandum on the Forth coming MDGs-LGAs Conditional Grant Scheme Training of Enumerators for Baseline Facilities Inventory for North-West Geo-political Zone in Kano from 26th -29th April 2012. Because of the significance of the program the Council has approved the release of N7,136,240.00 for the training of the enumerators.

b)    The Council deliberated on the request by the Ministry for Baseline Facilities Inventory in each of the 41 LGs under the   CGS-MDGs intervention program. After, the exercise the information gathered in the Baseline Facility Inventory will inform the preparation of MDGs consistent LGAs plan, and will provide the evidence bases to justify the disbursement of grants to States and Local Governments from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to President on MDGs. Based upon the submission, the Council approved the release of N34,714,900.00 as logistics for the conduct of the Baseline Facilities exercise in the State.

Report of the Council Committee on the Payment of Outstanding Contract Gratuity and Consideration of Continued Engagement Of Persons into the Civil Service on Contract Basis;
The Council deliberated the report of the above stated committee and noted that most MDAs recruit or retain contract staffs due to:-
a)    Areas of critical needs
b)    Scarce skills
c)    Sustainability of essential services, and
d)    Expanding demand for manpower resources by the State service     

The Council approved the payment of N21,597,450.07 to the 314 contract staff as outstanding contract gratuity. The Council also noted the need to continue where necessary the engagement of contract officers in critical fields/skills.   

Progress Report:

Ministry of Science and Technology;
You are a living witness that training and retraining have been accorded priority by the present Administration in its zeal to execute meaningful and purposeful projects and programmes to the citizenry. In light of this, Council today noted with appreciation the successful conduct of capacity training for the Staff of the Ministry of Science and Technology on effective and efficient ways of discharging their day to day responsibilities.

Ministry for Higher Education;
Minded over the educational requirements of the State which are far more than the available tertiary institutions consumption, as visualized by the present Administration’s effort in establishing the Northwest University and 18 No. skills acquisition institutions, in complementing the aforementioned objective, today the Council noted a request forwarded by the Ministry for Higher Education to the Federal Ministry of Education on the need to establish a Federal Polytechnic in the State.

Ministry of Water Resources;
The Council noted the increase of water supply in the State Capital and its surrounding following Government installation of 4No. Generating sets in Tamburawa Water Treatment Plant. In the light of this the public are called upon to report any water leakages for Government prompt action. In the same vein, a high powered Committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Water Resources to be going round assessing the water distribution to ensure its judicious utilization.
Council noted with appreciation that the 1000 diametres and 600mm pipes approved to be laid from Watari to Kano and Bagwai to Miltara respectively are already in Lagos State and would soon be conveyed to Kano for the execution of the work.

Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Cooperatives and Tourism;
The visit of the Hon. Commissioner of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism to Washington, USA for an International Conference in Agric-Business was noted by Council. During the session an interested company shows interest in investing in the State especially in the area of Tomato processing and packaging.

Ministry of Education;
The Honourable Commissioner of Education briefed Council that a stakeholders meeting on DFID and ESSPIN programmes ongoing in seven States in the federation which Kano State is among them. Council was informed that during the session, a critical examination of these ongoing programmes were looked into and the sponsors were impressed with the State performance and pledge to continue supporting in that direction.

Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport;
Notifying the Council today, the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport stated that the National Council on Works held its sitting last week in Lagos State. Council noted from the brief that a request for reimbursement in respect of funds injected by the State Government in the repairs and maintainance of Federal Roads in the State were raised while a lot observations raised by the State were upheld by the National Council.

 

Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture;
It is beyond doubt that the maximum support given to sporting activities by this Administration is yielding positive result as seen through various sterling performances of Kano Pillars Football Club and Kwankwasiyya Babes. In the same direction, that today Council noted and appreciated the performance of Kwankwasiyya Academicals Football club for winning the first position in the West African Youth Tournament held in Niger Republic. The Club having won the first in the tournament qualifies it to represent Nigeria in France comes July, this year.

Ministry of Planning and Budget;
Council noted and acknowledges the gesture of Centre for Management Development, Lagos for conducting a capacity building training for the staff of the Ministry of Planning and Budget.

Office of the Secretary to the State Government;
A Committee responsible for securing employment opportunities in respect of the unemployed State youths has already swang into action and has last week collected and forwarded the names of 30No. holders of engineering degrees for employment in the Federal Service. The data was collected from the documented electronic data under the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
Against the foregoing, Council called on all those employed to dedicate themselves to work and not abandoned it unless a better one is obtained.

gogannaka:
46th Kano State Executive Council Meeting
 
Today Wednesday 2nd May, 2012 (11th Jumada Thani, 1433 AH) is the Fourty Sixth (46th) sitting of the Kano State Executive Council and is in continuation with previous sittings at which Council typically deliberated on important policy issues and programmes that impact positively on the quality of lives of our citizenry. It is comprehensively on record that since inception of the present administration, it pursues tangible projects/programmes which are evident in all sectors. No doubt, this administration is committed to deliver on its campaign and inauguration speech promises made by the Chief Executive in the person of Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso whose resolve is provision of good Governance and copious leadership in which prudence and transparency in the utilization of resources are the main guiding principles.

It is apparent that the hopes and aspirations of people are being salvaged in the State with an unsurpassed vigor and steady momentum. The quantity and quality of Government services have improved across all sectors – especially agricultural production, education, provision of social amenities, health care delivery, road construction/rehabilitation, beautification of urban Kano, etc.
Since inception, the present administration has approved for execution an expenditure of over N40 billion. In fact, the total sum of N836,381,231.27 was approved for release for the execution of projects by the Council in its most recent forty fifth (45th) sitting.

Main highlights of the 45th sittings include:-
i. N581,294,889.00 for the reconstruction of Challawa Bridge by Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.
ii. N12,730,388.40 for the execution of vital projects by Kano State Library Board.
iii. N5,135,941.30 for fencing of Mass Education Women Centre at U/Uku.
iv. N7,264,230.00 for accreditation fees and purchase of books by Ministry of Health for Schools of Midwifery Kano and Danbatta.
v. N2,560,000.00 for payment of bursary allowance for late admitted Law graduates to Nigerian Law School.
vi. N69,595,312.50 for purchase of chemicals and equipment for continuation of the vector and mosquito control program for the period of April – Dec. 2012.
vii. N90,000,000.00 for purchase of chemicals and equipment for continuation of the vector and mosquito control program.
viii. N4,351,880.00 for purchase of working materials for 1,155 street sweepers/sanitation workers under REMASAB.
ix. N7,136,240.00 As MDGs/LGAs Conditional Grant Scheme – Training of Enumerators for Baseline Facilities Inventory for North – West Geo-Political Zone in Kano (26th – 29th April, 2012).
x. N34,714,450.07 for payment to 314 contract staff as outstanding contract gratuity.
xi. N21,597,450.07 for payment of 314 contract staff as outstanding contract gratuity.
In relentless continuation with its resolve to providing tangible people and public spirited quality services, the Council at today’s (2nd May, 2012) sitting deliberated and granted approval for an expenditure of N620,053,864.39 to cover sixteenth (15) projects with monetary cost from twenty four (24), submitted by eight (8) MDAS while the remaining nine (9) without monetary cost where allowed to carry out their prayers and requests.
Each is presented in turn;

1. Office of the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner for Local Government.
Three (3) issues under the auspices of the Office of the Deputy Governor and Hon. Commissioner for Local Government was presented for deliberation by the Council – as follows;
a. Tax liabilities against Local Governments received from the Federal Inland Revenue Offices, Zoo Road and Club Road Kano:-

i. The Council noted that Tax liabilities (VAT, WHT and STAMP DUTY 2009 – 2010) against the forty-four (44) Local Governments under the jurisdiction of the Federal Inland Revenue offices of Zoo Road and Club Road, Kano have been verified and reconciled by the Tax office. Council considers the size of the amount of money involved and approved release of N88 million for the month of May 2012 and N44 million for the remaining months of the year to settle the tax liabilities for the 44 Local Governments inherited from the defunct administration.

b) Proposal submitted by the Economic Advisor on project for quick Win – Bus Mass Transit (BMT) intervention on some selected roads in Kano metropolis by SHAANNXI Auto Logistics and Solution Limited:-

The Council considers conformity of the proposal project with the policy of the present administration on transforming Kano metropolis into an organized modern city with sustainable transport system. In fact, the project only augments the new Taxi services empowerment programme being implemented by the administration. As such, Council approves issuing out to Messr. SHAANXI Auto Logistics and Solutions Limited a concessional approval letter and allocation of two plots of Land one each along
i. Kwanar Dawakin Kudu – Zaria Road – Ibrahim Taiwo Road – Yankura.
ii. Dorawara Na’abba – Hotoro – Radio Kano Yankura.

c) Request for funds for 26 episodes of one hour program by Kano State Radio co-operation with the following State Sharia Implementation Agencies.
i. Sharia Commission
ii. Zakkat Commission
iii. Hajj Commission
iv. Hisbah Board

The significance of the programmes to be aired weekly on the importance of peace and stability as vehicles for societal development prompted the Council to approve release of the sum of N3,900,000.00 to the Office of the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner for Local Governments for onward payment to Kano State Radio Corporation to enable it facilitate the weekly programmes.

2. Office of the Secretary to the Government
Four (4) issues/projects were submitted under the auspices of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for deliberation by the Council. They include;

a. Proposal to Establish a World – Class Hospitality and Tourism Institute in the State:-
Council noted that the committee appointed to look into the issue and advise Government submitted its report which recommends that Daula Hotel should be renovated/upgraded and to subsist with the Tourism Institute. Council also noted that the cost implication of the entire project to the tune of N1,301,000,000.00 will be borne by Messrs. Mas – Menson Project Limited as the company recommended for the 15 year lease agreement to be entered with Daula Hotel establishment.
Council approved that a lease agreement for 15 years be entered with Messrs Menson Project Limited for the lease of Daula Hotel and the establishment of World Class Hospitality and Tourism Institute considering that the company bears the entire cost of N1,301,000,000.00 of renovating and upgrading the provisions present.

b. Request for funds to mount wide publicity for the Lafiya Jari programme submitted by Office of the Special Adviser on Sanitation and Immunization:-

The Council considered the need for publicity for the Lafiya Jari and other MDAs programmes due to their significance in changing the face of the State. Lafiya Jari has offered training and provides financial support to youths so that they could be self-employed. Over N200 million was expended on this kind of programmes since the inception of this administration. As such, the Council has approved the release of the requested sum of N9,617,944.05 which is to be used for the propagation of Lafia Jari Programmes and that of the other MDAs. A Committee comprised the Hon. Commissioners Works, Science and Agriculture to monitor the successful conduct of the programme.

c. Request for permission to use money saved from the monthly standing order of N13,500,000.00 allocated for the purchase of diesel by the Kano State Hospital Management Board:-

Council noted with appreciation the declaration of none usage of N5,632,000.00 from the monthly standing order due to non purchase of diesel between the months of January and February 2012.
The Council approved the utilization of the saved money as follows:
i. N2,087,190.00 to repair four (4) generators through direct labour.
ii. N3,447,874.23 including installation cost, VAT and Tax to purchase one new 100KVA perkins generator for the Board’s Headquarters.
Total N5,535,064.23

d. Request for funds to facilitate the take – off of the one hundred (100) Zawarawa marriage pilot scheme submitted by Hisbah Board:-

Council, in fulfilling its commitment to the Zawarawa marriage scheme approved the implementation of the first phase or pilot scheme involving one hundred (100) or ten percent (10%) of the earmarked 1000 Zawarawas. N15,000,000.00 is approved for release to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward transfer to Hisbah Board to facilitate the scheme.

3. Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Co-operative and Tourism
Two (2) issues/projects were submitted by this Ministry for consideration and deliberation by the Council as follows;

a. Request for funds for external and ancillary works at the Common Facility Centre (CFC) Sharada Kano:-
Council recalled its decision to finance the construction of the Common Facility Centre at Sharada Small Scale Industrial Estate due to the inability of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council to undertake the construction work at the site. This project has reached advanced stages and would be completed and be ready for commissioning during the first year Anniversary of the 2nd tenure of the present administration. As such, the Council approved the release of the requested sum of N4,173,866.90 to the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Co-operatives and Tourism to enable the completion of the programme.

The money is to be used thus;
i. Development of parking lots
ii. Development of Kerbs
iii. Landscaping (Grassing)
iv. External Plumbing.

b. Request for funds to pay-off outstanding liabilities of verified trade creditors of Daula Hotel:-
Council is aware of the situation and success achieved in settling the benefits of laid–off staff of Daula Hotel. The sum of almost N100 million was paid to Daula Hotel staffs that were disengaged from its service towards its transformation to Hospitality and Tourism Institute. So, settling the requested outstanding liability of N1,818,637.99 only completes the process of the disengagement. The Council approved the release of the requested sum of N1,818,637.99 to the Ministry of Commerce to enable it finally settle the liabilities at Daula Hotel so as facilitate the smooth transition to the envisaged Hospitality and Tourism Institute.

4. Ministry of Environment
One (1) issue/project was submitted by the Ministry of Environment for consideration and deliberation by the Council. They include;
a. Request for funds for the rehabilitation/cleaning of tertiary and secondary drainages and the procurement of working tools for casual labourers:-
The Council noted that fourteenth (14) major drainages have been identified for cleaning and rehabilitation across the eight (8) metropolitan Local Government areas covering a total of 37.6 kilimeters (6.6km secondary and 31 kilometer tertiary drainages). And, that the work will check and prevent the occurrence of annual devastating flood/attendant with loss of lives and properties as well as epidemic outbreaks of diseases). Aware of the imminent onset of the raining season, the Council approved the release of the sum of N20,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Environment to enable it undertake the cleaning/ rehabilitation and procurement of working tools for tertiary drainages.

5. Ministry of Health
Two issues/projects were submitted for consideration and deliberation byt eh Councils from the Ministry of Health they include:

a. Request for funds for the conversion of Bee-Zee-Bee Hotel at Naibawa Zaria Road to State Primary Health Care Development Board headquarters:-

Council noted and considered with concern the request referred. The Hotel complex was purchased by the present administration during it first term in 1999. What remains is putting it to proper use especially as is required. The defunct administration left the structure unutilized. Therefore, the Council approved the release of the requested sum of N33,544,862.50 to the Ministry of Health to enable it facilitate the renovation, alteration and completion works (phase 1) for the purpose of converting Bee-Zee-Bee Hotel into Primary Healthcare Development Board Headquarters.

b. Request for funds for the relocation and construction of the new Kano State Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency Complex (phase 1) at Kwanar Kwankwaso, Madobi LGA:-
The Council considered the need for the referred project and did not hesitate to approve the release of the requested sum of N217,467,049.00 to the Ministry of Health to enable it undertake the project for the relocation and construction of the new Kano State Drugs and Medical Consumables Supply Agency Complex phase 1 at Kwanar Kwankwaso, Modobi LGA. The relocation of the company would provide the recently established Governor’s College with additional land and structure for future expansion.

6. Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport
Four issues/projects were submitted by the Ministry of works for consideration and deliberation by the Council viz;

a. Submission of memorandum presented on proceedings of the 19th National Council on Works meeting held at the Federal Palace Hotel Lagos:-
Council acknowledged receipt of the referred memorandum notes and considered its contents and approved for the Ministry of Works to periodically be organizing interactive session with Ministries, Local Governments and other relevant agencies with a view to sensitizing them on new national policies and development affecting public work.

b. Request for funds needed to engage 250 youths as Traffic Assistants:-
Council is aware of its commitment to the issue referred and did not hesitate in approving the release of the requested sum of N29,629,800.00 to the Ministry of Works so as to actualize the proposal for the provision of uniform and kits, training, allowance and logistics for the engaged 250 Traffic Assistants. Already the administration has engaged 500 youths as Traffic Assistants.

c. Council receipt a request for the provision of Street Light at Kofar Ruwa – Kofar Mazugal – Triumph and Masallacin Fagge Round-About and approved the release of the total sum of N97,650,387.60 for the said commitment. Since, the inception of this administration more than N500 million was expended on the provision of Streetlight. The State capital is transformed into a modern city as all major roads are provided with streetlight.

d. Renovation of the former Bank of the North House at the sum of N29,931,571.22
The State Government has recently purchased former Bank of the North house. However, the house requires renovation before it could be utilized. After, following due process the Council approved the award of a contract for the renovation of the house to N. Dayekh and Company Ltd at the cost of N29,931,571.22.

7. Office of the Head Civil Service
Council considered the memorandum submitted by the Head of Civil Service on bereaved family allowance and magnanimously approved the release of the requested sum of N3,090,000.00 to the Office of the Head of Civil Service to immediately handle the 9th batch (2012) covering 56 deceased Civil Servants.

Council commiserates with each respective family of the deceased Civil Servants and condoles them wishing for Allah’s support and granting them resilience to bear the loss.

8. Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning

You may recall the present Administration’s effort towards reviving education at all levels, hence the conceiving of the establishment of the Northwest University which is expected to commence academic session comes September, this year. It is in the same direction that the Council approved the sum of N16,876,620.00 for the settlement of compensation to owners of some structures to be affected by the establishment of the University. The Government has already awarded contract for the construction of two faculties and an administration block for the takeoff of the University.

gogannaka:
46th council continued:

Progress Report:

You may be aware that, it is the tradition of the Kano State Executive Council to at every sitting, flash back on approvals and resolutions granted/reached in respect of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) during its previous meetings with an aim of appraising the level of progress made in executing the projects/programmes and policies. In the same vein, today the esteemed Council noted the progress on such as highlighted here under:-

Ministry for Higher Education;

Council noted with appreciation the full accreditation of Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST) for five (5) years by the National Universities Commission. The Commission is vested with the statutory mandate for programme and institutional accreditation in Nigerian Universities. The commission expressed its satisfaction over Government’s efforts in elevating the standard of institutions in the State.

Ministry of Education;
Noted by Council today is the interactive session conducted by the Ministry with various Old Boys Associations and Parents Teachers Association of Secondary Schools in the State during which a cross fertilization of ideas were done, with a view to have a coordinated flat-form in reviving the State Education sector.
Moreover, the Ministry in liaison with the Special Assistant, Community Schools received some Schools built by some individuals and private institutions in their desire to complement Government’s effort in that direction.

Council then noted with appreciation the successful conduct of the first batch of headmasters training under SUBEB as well as the ongoing two weeks second batch training of over 4,000 teachers taking place in Bayero University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi, College of Education, Kumbotso, and College of Education (Technical) Bichi.

Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport;
A Ministerial Press Briefing highlighting the achievements of the Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport and by extension the present Administration was conducted by the Ministry. During the briefing, the public were informed on various Government projects such as Sports complex, 18No. skills acquisition institutions, employment of over 500 traffic assistants under first and second batch employment scheme, various constructions of additional office blocks at different Government establishments, roads, street lights, overhead pedestrian bridges among others.

Ministry of Agriculture & Natural Resources;
The Hon. Commissioner of Agriculture briefed Council on the outcome of the International Dairy Conference held in Kenya, which was attended by the Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture. The Council noted that as against average milk of 2 to 4 litres extracted daily from the present cow species in the State, there is identified special species that about 45 litres would be extracted each and every day. As seen in the present Administration’s effort in reviving the poultry farming in the State, the Council reiterated its readiness to bring in the said species for cross breeding.

Ministry of Environment;
While noting the effective waste management in the State, the Council recognized the support and cooperation of Tipper drivers and other private individuals and the general public for the success being achieved. It further thanks them of the gesture.
Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives & Tourism;
Kano State being Centre of Commerce, it is a known fact that the present Administration pays much of its attention in uplifting the sector through tireless and various laudable projects and programmes. It is in the same direction that the Council noted the effort of the Ministry in hosting workshop for Workers Cooperative Union in the State.

Ministry of Planning & Budget;
Noted by the Council is the workshop on MDGs conducted by the Ministry which covers seven metropolitan Local Governments in the State being the first phase of the exercise.
Security Situation in the State;
Commenting on the recent bomb blast at Bayero University, Kano, the esteemed Council condoles the families of the deceased and the University community. It then prayed for speedy recovery of those who suffered injuries during the incidence.

2012 Hajj Exercise;
His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, briefed the Council on State officials visit to Saudi Arabia for preparation of securing accommodation to the intending pilgrims for 2012 hajj exercise. Council noted from the brief that the proposed accommodation to be engaged by the State, are not far from the Ka’abah.

Workers Day;
Council recalled the observance of Workers Day yesterday, 1st May, 2012 and congratulated particularly the State workers and the entire workers in the federation for the day and urged them to continue putting in their best in their official undertakings for a better State and country at large.

Victims of Pfizer Immunization;
A fruitful discussion was held by the Governor with the officials of Pfizer Plc in respect of victims to the immunization program done by the Companies about ten years back. The outcome of the meeting informed the Company’s willingness to settle those affected by the exercise as soon as possible.

Signing of HIV law by His Excellency, the Governor;
Council noted the signing of HIV law 2012 on 30th April, 2012 and the setting up of an Agency solely responsible for handling HIV issue.

Nigerian Labour Congress Commendation to Present Administration;
The esteem Council has today noted with appreciation the commendation made by the apex workers association Nigerian Labour Congress, Kano State Chapter towards present Administration’s magnanimity in the implementation of some programmes bordering on workers welfare such as:-
a. The implementation of 18,000.00 minimum wage to its civil servants
b. Approval for the sales of Government houses to civil servant occupants in the State
c. Disbursement of vehicle loans to civil servants to the tune of N240million so far.
d. Approval for the recruitment of 1002 unemployed youth into the State services.
e. Approvals for the training and retraining of a sizeable number of civil servants both within and outside the Country.
f. Prompt payment of salaries and allowances which is usually done before the 25th of every month as directed by the Government.
g. The biometric project in respect of State and Local Government staff which is aimed at among other things; having an accurate number in respect of the staff and officers
h. Sanitizing the payroll system.

bakangizo:
Toh fa!!! Ashe mutumin ya shiga gwamnati ;D Yaushe ka zama 'spokesman' din Kwankwasiyya?

gogannaka:

--- Quote from: bakangizo on May 08, 2012, 10:46:19 AM ---Toh fa!!! Ashe mutumin ya shiga gwamnati ;D Yaushe ka zama 'spokesman' din Kwankwasiyya?

--- End quote ---

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