- Category: GENERAL
- Published on Thursday, 02 August 2012 16:14
- Written by Elombah.com
Details From 59th Kano State Executive Council Meeting: Today Wednesday 1st August, 2012 (13TH Ramadan, 1433 AH) the Kano State Executive Council held its Fifty Ninth (59th) 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 providing good governance characterized by exemplary leadership in which utilization/deployment of resources, though conspicuous, is guided by prudence and transparency.
It is delightfully encouraging to witness the reawakening of the hopes and fulfillment of the aspirations of the people of Kano State as depicted 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, installation/repairs of street and traffic lights, beautification of urban Kano, provision of security, provision of skill acquisition and employment opportunities etc.
Importantly, in Fifty Eight (58) sittings the present administration approved a capital expenditure close to N190 billion of which N5,719,705,272.53 was approved for the execution of 22 projects by the Council during its most recent 58th sitting as follows;
Main Highlights of the 58th Sitting are:
1) N3,280,153,786.00 as funds to facilitate for the revalidation of inherited projects- Dualisation of Dan Agundi to Sharada road.
2) N987,530,103.36 as funds to facilitate for the construction of College of Nursing and Midwifery at Madobi town.
3) N914,980,000.00 as funds approved for utilization by the Ministry of Education (SUBEB) from the 2010 TETF.
4) N242,931,801.00 as funds to facilitate for the fabrication, supply and installation of composite steel guardrails along 2 sides of Katsina Road median.
5) N100,000,000.00 as funds to facilitate for the payment of compensation for land, trees and structures at Dawanau Northern Terminus.
6) N73,896,095.00 as funds released to the Kano Pillars Football Club Management as intervention to ensure good performance by the club.
7) N29,695,500.00 as funds for the purchase of official vehicles to some Government Officials.
8) N27,475,244.84 as funds to facilitate for the payment of 2nd batch contract gratuity outstanding liabilities of 335 contract officers.
9) N12,079,400.00 as funds to facilitate for Estacode of five (5) selected players of Kwankwasiyya Babes football club Gwarzo and Seven (7) Officials to Dubai (19th July – 4th August, 2012).
10) N9,473,010.75 as funds to facilitate for the execution of some community based projects in Gwale and Dala LGCAs.
11) N9,054,927,000.00 as funds to execute some Community based projects in Municipal and Gwale LGCAs.
12) N5,557,000.00 as funds for the purchase and free distribution of Anti-Sickling drugs and other items to Sickle Cell patients in Kano.
13) N5,000,000.00 as funds to facilitate for the evacuation of lunatics roaming the streets at the 44 LGCAs.
14) N3,506,600.00 as funds to purchase mattresses for students on exchange programme.
15) N3,106,000.00 as funds to facilitate for the completion of the activities of annual school census (ASC).
16) N3,500,000.00 as funds to facilitate activities of the mobile court (Task Force) on drug offences.
17) N2,978,215.01 as funds for the execution of some community based projects in Gwale, Dala and Dawakin Tofa LGCAs.
18) N2,842,809.17 as funds to facilitate for the variation for supply of additional books to school of Nursing Kano.
19) N2,000,000.00 as state’s share to the counterpart collaboration with UNICEF “D” Field office Bauchi.
20) N1,474,280.00 as funds to facilitate for the connection of Kano Free Trade Zone with main water supply.
21) N1,362,000.00 as funds to intervene with activities of North- West Zonal Office of the National Sports Commission.
22) N1,108,500.00 as funds to facilitate for the training organized by the National Information Technology Development Agency.
Today, Council sitting was presided over by the Governor Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso FNSE during which 18 memoranda were submitted by 9 MDAs for deliberation by the Council. An expenditure of N14,255,156,637.60 covering 17 projects was approved for execution by the Council.
1. Ministry of Higher Education.
Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Higher Education for consideration by the Council as follows;
a) Request for funds to facilitate for the Computerization of Students payment on line/provision of Computers and accessories:
Contents of this memorandum adequately reminded the Council of the resolve of the present administration to promote system change, accountability and transparency. So, the main objective here is to attain a complete platform from e – application, e – payment to e – registration with a view to easing student’s problems in the payment of allowances and bursary. The proposed project entails setting up a data processing center, installation of Hardware components, capacity building and training of personnel to manage and maintain the entire platform. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N14,657,370.00 to the Ministry of Higher Education to facilitate for the stated purpose.
b) Request for funds to facilitate for the construction of a modern Edifice of a storey building comprising of eight (8) lecture halls and twenty one (21) Staff Offices at Bayero University Kano:
Contents of this memorandum adequately reminded the responsive Council of the contributions of the Kano State Government to Usman Danfodio University Sokoto and School of Basic Studies Funtua in similar project. Bayero University Kano is the highest contributor to the enrolment of Kano State Students. As such, the Ministry of Higher Education requested, via contents of this memorandum, for the release of N162,347,328.40 to facilitate for the construction of the modern edifice one storey building comprising eight (8) lecture halls and twenty one (21) staff offices at Bayero University Kano. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Higher Education to undertake the stated project in view of its relevance to the policy of the present administration regarding the education sector.
c) Request for funds to facilitate for the construction of School for Basic and Remedial Studies at Tudunwadar Dankade Town in Tudunwada LGCA:
Council noted and considered contents of this memorandum and promptly approved for the release of the requested sum of N241,386,235.54 to the Ministry of Higher Education to expedite action in the execution of the stated project in view of its significance and relevance especially to the present administration. Importantly, the project will ensure provision of Geographical spread for institutions of this nature in addition to the only existing Kano State College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CARS) located in the urban center of the State.
2. 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 as follows;
a) Request for funds for the Procurement/Allocation of Motor vehicles in favor of Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSSMB):
Contents of this memorandum substantiated the need for motor vehicles at seven (7) units under the auspices of the KSSSSMB towards ensuring effective and efficient discharge of Official engagements. The board requested for the allocation of Toyota 18-seater vehicles to each of the following:
i. Monitoring and Evaluation Department (KSSSSMB Headquarters)- Two vehicles.
ii. Dala Zonal Education Office. - One vehicle.
iii. Dawakin Kudu Zonal Education Office.- One vehicle.
iv. Karaye Zonal Education Office- One vehicle.
v. Kura Zonal Education Office- One vehicle.
vi. GGSS Madobi- One vehicle.
This brings the total number of vehicles to seven (7) each of which costs N7,500,000.00 totaling to an aggregate sum of N52,500,000.00 for the seven (7).
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the procurement and allocation of the vehicles as requested.
b) Request for funds for the procurement/allocation of motor vehicles in favor of Kano State Scholarship Board:
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of N7,500,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the procurement and allocation of one Toyota 18-seater vehicle to the Kano State Scholarship Board as requested. Again, one of the two (2) Toyota Hilux vehicles retrieved from the KSSSSMB will be allocated to the Scholarship Board. The gesture was to smoothen the operations at the scholarship which involve frequent trips across the country for student interview, investigations, payment of allowances etc.
c) Request for funds to facilitate for the replacement of 35 Units of Toyota Hilux vehicles in favor of Neighborhood watch (vigilante security) Group Kano:
Contents of this memorandum adequately notified the Council of the compliance to an instruction received by the vigilante Kano State Command from the Office of the Special Services Directorate. The instruction was to release 35 Units of Toyota vehicles to the Joint Task Force (JTF) specifically the Nigerian Army. These vehicles were retrieved from 35 Local Government Command Offices thereby creating some hindrances to the discharge of the commands responsibilities within the affected LGCA’s. The situation compelled the vigilante Group to solicit for the State Government to replace the released vehicles each of which costs N6,950,000.00 aggregating to the sum of N6,950,000.00 * 20 = N139,000,000.00.
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the sum of N139,000,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the purchase and replacement of the 20 Units of Toyota Hilux vehicles to the Vigilante Group Kano.
d) Request for funds to facilitate for the preparation/successful conduct of the 5th batch of the Lafiya Jari Empowerment Programme in respect of 200 potential beneficiaries selected from the 44 LGCA’s:
The requested sum of N46,952,712.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for onward payment to the Office of the Special Adviser Sanitation/Immunization (Coordinator Lafiya Jari) to facilitate for the execution of the 5th batch Lafiya Jari Empowerment Programme in respect of 200 potential beneficiaries selected and screened from the 44 LGCAs. The entire programme entails five (5) main activities:
3. Office of the Head of Civil Service.
One memorandum was submitted by the Office of the head of Civil Service for deliberation by the Council as follows;
Request for the release of one Ahmed Salisu (information 1) on a 5-year contract appointment with Radio Detchewelle:
Contents of the memorandum forwarded the request from Radio Kano on behalf of the referred officer who is requesting for approval for his release for a 3-year leave of absence (1-3-2012 to 29-2-2015) which shall not be counted in the computation of his benefits at retirement. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of Ahmed Salisu as requested wishing him well in all his endeavors and safe return to his duty post.
4. Ministry of Water Resources.
Three (3) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Water Resources for deliberation by the Council as follows;
a) Request for funds to facilitate for repairs/renovation of Jakara, Kusalla and Tomas Irrigation projects:
Council was abundantly notified of the significance of the three (3) irrigation projects referred to in this memorandum. All three (3) were constructed with multiple purpose especially irrigation and water supply far back in 1976 and 1977. The project areas were constructed with command sources of water from Jakara dam, Kusalla dam and Tomas dam reservoir with a design to irrigate 270, 250 and 2500 hectares of land respectively through both gravity and overhead systems. All three (3) projects serve a sizeable number of people downstream but need repair and rehabilitation for which the Ministry of Water Resources requested the responsive Council for the release of the aggregate sum of N33,890,922.78. Council noted, considered and approve for the release of the requested sum of money to the Ministry of Water resources to expedite action on the execution of referred projects in view of their significance and relevance to the policy of the present administration.
b) Request for funds for the construction of four (4) additional tube wells and replacement of two (2) high-lift pumps at Joda regional Water Scheme:
The requested sum of N49,998,900.00 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry of Water Resources to undertake the referred projects in view of their significance and relevance. The projects are to provide additional N7.2 Million liters of portable water making a total of 14 Million litres with nine (9) operational tube wells whose services will cover areas such as Gabasawa, Gezawa, Zakirai and their surroundings as well as Yankaba in Nassarawa LGCA.
c) Request for funds to facilitate for the conversion of a building to a store for Chemicals at Tamburawa Water Treatment Plant:
Contents of this memorandum politely alerted the responsive Council on the need for suitable storage facility for chemicals at the Tamburawa Water Treatment Plant. Council noted, considered and approval for the release of the requested sum of N18,730,981.96 to the Ministry of Water Resources to undertake the referred project so as to provide the required infrastructure for portable Water production.
5. Ministry of Education.
Two (2) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Education for deliberation by the Council as follows:
a) Request for funds to facilitate for the Construction of Hand Pumps at the newly constructed Kwankwasiyya Teachers Lodge at Rural Areas in Kano State:
Contents of this memorandum applauded the present administration on its laudable policy of providing suitable accommodation for teachers serving in rural areas. One hundred (100) such houses (100) were approved for construction by the Council during one of its sittings. As such, the Ministry of Education requested via contents of this memorandum, for release of the sum of N59,000,000.00 to enable the construction of one hundred (100) hand pumps – one each at each of the one hundred (100) houses.
Thus; one hand pump = N590,000.00
100 hand pumps = N59,000,000.00
Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the money to the Ministry of Education to undertake the referred projects in view of its significance and potential of providing one of the essential requirements that keep the teachers at their duty posts.
b) Request for funds to effect repairs and renovation of the existing structure at GGASS Albasu, Albasu LGCA:
Council approved for the release of the requested sum of N29,560,188.68 to the Ministry of Education to facilitate for the execution of the referred project at GGASS Albasu. Thus;
i. Renovation/rehabilitation of Nana Aisha twin hostelN5,367,719.57
ii. Renovation/rehabilitation of Nana Khadija hostelN5,385,608.35
iii. Renovation/rehabilitation of Nana Hafsat hostelN5,467,713.77
iv. Renovation/rehabilitation of Nana kibdiyya hostelN1,840,838.60
v. Renovation/rehabilitation of 6-seater VIP toiletsN3,022,454.91
6. Ministry of Planning and Budget.
Two (2) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Planning and Budget for deliberation by the Council as follows;
a) Presentation of the progress achieved in the implementation of the 2011 States MDG’s conditional Grant Scheme:
Council noted, considered and approved for the submission of the list of sixty nine (69) successful contractors to MDG’s – CGS Abuja to obtain letter of no objection to award contracts and be given contract offers as well as release of 40% mobilization fees from the MDG’s account. Which translates to the total aggregate sum of N974,801,913.31. Council approved for the release of the stated amount to facilitate for the stated purpose.
b) Request for funds to facilitate for Access to the 2012 conditional Grant Scheme under the Department of Relief Gains managed by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (OSSAP):
Contents of this memorandum adequately acquainted the attentive Council of the need for the State Government to put up an application to access fund under the 2012 conditional grant scheme. The total amount of money earmarked for the grant is N1,200,000,000.00 of which Kano State Government has to contribute 50% (or N600,000,000.00) while the OSSAP/MDG’s is to provide equal amount of money on 50:50 percent basis. This arrangement certainly provides an avenue for the State leverage funds to other equally demanding projects as well as carry out development projects that are in tandem with its policy trust.
As such, Council noted considered and approved for the execution of the following;
i. Kano State should apply for 2012 Conditional Grant Scheme.
ii. That the sum of N3,500,000.00 be released to the programme support unit through the Ministry of Planning and Budget to undertake packaging of proposals for the 2012 conditioned Grant Scheme.
7. Ministry of Land and Physical Planning.
Four (4) memoranda were submitted by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning for deliberation by the Council as follows:
a) Request for funds for the continuation of the Construction of Tarauni Shopping Complex by KNUPDA:
Council noted, considered and approved for KNUPDA to use its contra-entry provision and go ahead on the project as presented to the Council by contents of this memorandum. Council also directed the Ministry of Planning and Budget to open the 140111 to enable the Authority to incur expenditure (AIE) N48,788,775.30 as requested.
b) Request for funds for the execution of the 6th batch of Local Government five (5) Kilometer road projects:
The aggregate sum of N12,356,541,345.75 was approved for release by the Council to the Ministry for Land and Physical Planning to facilitate for the execution of the 6th batch of Local Government five (5) kilometer project at seven (7) Council areas which include Bagwai, Fagge, Kunchi, Kumbotso, Madobi, Rimin Gado and Tsanyawa. The gesture was only in continuation with a laudable endeavor characteristic of the present administration. The seven (7) road projects are:
8. Office of the Deputy Governor/ Hon. Commissioner for Local Governments.
Request for funds to settle for outstanding commitment on the Ramadan Friday exercise (1433 AH)
The responsive Council was adequately notified by contents of this memorandum, of the need to augment for the budgetary provision on the referred exercise. Details provided translate to the request of the aggregate sum of N16,000,000.00 to facilitate for the purpose. Council noted, considered and approved for the release of the requested sum of money to the office of the Deputy Governor/Hon. Commissioner Ministry for Local Governments as supplementary to earlier provisions.
9. Ministry of Health.
Request for Support and Assistance to the bereaved family of late Dr. Bello Umar Dikko-The Executive Secretary Hospital Management Board who died on Friday 27th July,2012:
Contents of this memorandum abundantly notified the responsive Council of the death and irreparable loss of Dr Bello Umar Dikko who served in various capacities in the State Health Sector where he held several positions until his recent appointment by the present administration as Executive Secretary of the Kano State Hospitals Management Board on 24th December, 2011. Council commiserate with the family of the late Dr. Bello wishing the perseverance and ability to bear the loss. Council approved for the execution of the under listed in support and assistance for the bereaved family – viz:
. Allocation of the premises of house number G.P 1041 located at Sharada Quarters occupied by his family.
. Allocation of the Official vehicle (Peugeot 406) with registration number KN031A0/1 to his family.
. Provision of Educational support to his eleven (11) children.
. Immediate release of the bereaved family/services entitlements.
. Process and release of all/sundry entitlements.
. Immortalize him by naming one Secondary Health Facility as Dr. Bello Umar Dikko Hospital.
Update on Activities.
Brief from the Honorable Commissioner Ministry of Planning and Budget:
Attention of the Council was drawn to a laudable gesture from the DFID/PATH 2 in which the State Government was donated the following:
. Drugs and medical consumables.
. Medical equipment.
. 32(200 KVA) electricity generators.
. Primary and secondary health care facilities worth N1.2 Billion on Thursday 8/8/2012.
Council noted and appreciated the gesture and wish for the continuation of beneficial interaction with the International Donor Agencies especially on issues that are in agreement with the developmental policies of the current administration.