Connect with us

Headlines

Ganduje to review road contracts awarded by Kwankwaso

Published

on

Kano Information Commissioner briefing journalists

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state government has constituted a committee to assess  the five Kilometers dual carriage way projects in the 44 local governments of the state awarded by the previous administration.

Kano Focus reports that the state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, disclosed this on Sunday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the council meeting held at the Africa House, Kano.

It could be recalled that former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has during his tenure awarded the construction of five Kilometers dual carriage ways in each of the 44 local governments of the state.

However, most of the road projects are yet to be completed five years after Mr Kwankwaso’s tenure.

The relationship between Messrs. Kwankwaso and Ganduje has become sour after the latter became the governor of Kano state with the full support of the former.

Mr Garba said the committee will evaluate, redesign, complete or terminate any contract awarded for the projects.

He explained that the committee is to be chaired by the permanent secretary, ministry of works and infrastructure with representatives from the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) and ministry for local government.

According to him the committee would also determine the extent of execution of the projects and payment made to the contractors handling the projects.

Mr Garba revealed that the council has already terminated the contract awarded to Rocad Construction Nigeria Limited in 2012 for the construction of the five kilometers  dual carriage way  in Dawakin Tofa local government.

He said the Council  has re-awarded the contract  to Messrs. CCECC Nigeria Limited at the cost of N651, 844, 966.51 million after Rocad has abandoned work exposed the residents of the area to many hardships.

Other Contracts

The commissioner also stated that the council has  approved the adoption of the Revised Estimated Total Cost of the contract amounting to N26, 824, 866.72 and the augmentation of N15, 600, 718.35  being additional cost in the contract for the repair works at the dilapidated Bagauda Bridge along Wak-Tiga Road in Bebeji local government area of the state.

He stated that the contract, which was initially awarded to Messrs. Bindigari Construction Limited   in 2014 at the cost of N11, 224, 148.37, which scope includes reclamation of eroded sections, provision of retaining wall at both wings, among others, was not fully completed.

Mr Garba also announced the council’s approval for the reactivation of the state government initiative on mini vans empowerment program tagged “Kano Kal-Kal” that aimed at economic empowerment of the womenfolk in order to achieve sustainable clean environment in the state.

He said the program would identify genuine cooperative women groups to be given the mini vans as part of the administration’s women empowerment initiative.

The commissioner added that the council has approved the release of N20, 000, 000.00  for the renovation of four Women Development Centres to a standard level in the four new Emirate Councils in the state.

Revenue Generation

He announced that the council has approved the setting up of a committee to work out ways to ensuring that Ministries, Departments and Agencies support and collaborate towards smooth implementation of Revenue Harmonization Law 2016 for the improvement of revenue generation in the state.

Mr  Garba said the committee, which is to be chaired by the commissioner for planning and budget, has commissioners of finance, information, chairman, Kano state Internal Revenue Service, managing director Kano state Agricultural Supply Company (KASCO), among others as members.

He revealed that the council has also received a proposal from the management of Porto Golf Group of Companies for the establishment of Porto Golf Resort at Tiga Castle Rock Hotel in Tiga, Bebeji local government of the state.

The commissioner stated that the council has received another proposal from a private developer, Hietech Development Project Limited to use the old Triumph Publishing Company Complex for the construction of specialized Bureau de Change Market “Kasuwar ‘yan canji”.

He said the Ganduje administration plans to partner with the private sector for investment to boost revenue and create employment opportunities, and as well to re-assert Kano as one of the leading economic centers in the country.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Headlines

Kano domesticate social protection policy

Published

on

Abdullahi Ganduje

Nasiru Yusuf

Kano state governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has approved the domestication of National social protection policy in the state.

Kano Focus reports that the Social Protection Policy is designed to show the commitment of the Government to the effective mobilisation and efficient utilisation of state resources to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

The state Commissioner of planning and budget Nura Muhammad Dankadai revealed this on Friday at a one day interactive session with with journalists and civil society organizations.

Alhaji Nura Muhammad Dankadai

Mr Dankadai said governor Ganduje approved the domestication of the policy on Thursday.

According to him when domesticated the policy will provide legal framework for school feeding programme, ante natal and post natal care, addressing gender based violence and protecting people living with disabilities.

On the meeting with journalists, Mr Dankadai said it was aimed at intimating them with on the state government’s projects and received some inputs for possible submission to the government.

The commissioner uses the opportunity to appeal to civil society organizations and journalists to sensitise people on the current economic challenges which made it difficult for the state to pay workers salary for the month of March.

In their separate contributions Akibu Hamisu, I. G Maryam and Wali Ado Rano advised Kano state government on the need to address multiple taxation, grant local government financial autonomy and holding periodic interactive session with CSOs and journalists.

Continue Reading

Headlines

AKTH honours NCC Boss UG Danbatta

Published

on

Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, being presented with an appreciation award by Prof. Abdulrahman Sheshe, Chief Medical Director, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano, during the courtesy visit.

Nasiru Yusuf

 

The management of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has visited the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission Umar Garba Danbatta.

Kano Focus reports that during the visit the AKTH team also presented an award to Danbatta as an expression of the hospital’s appreciation for the enormous contributions of the EVC and the Commission to the development of health institutions over the years in the country.

Speaking during the visit, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of AKTH, Abdulrahman Sheshe, who led the delegation on the courtesy call, said, “the objective of our being here today is to appreciate your contribution in person and as EVC of NCC to the growth and development of the teaching hospital.”

According to Sheshe, through the support and donations from Kano people like the EVC and institutions like NCC, the hospital has increased its bed capacity from 250 to 700, as well as performing 57 successful transplant surgeries.

“You have also made enormous contributions in this regard and that has helped us to get new dialysis machines through your assistance and these machines are being put to use, aside from other state-of-the-art equipment already in place,” he said while appreciating the EVC.

The CMD, however, sought NCC’s support in the area of a Health Information Management System (HIMS) and digital capacity for staff.

Responding, however, Danbatta thanked the hospital management for the visit and the award, noting that the Commission supports federal institutions with necessary ICT equipment across the country and is ready to assist AKTH in this regard.

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

“As a Commission, we are working to bridge the infrastructure divide, which is an element of the entire digital ecosystem. We do this via a lot of ongoing regulatory initiatives. And, through our training arm, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), we provide digital literacy to critical sectors of the economy, including the health sector, we also intervene through our Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme,” he said.

According to Danbatta, digital divide can be bridged by making computers available and ICT services accessible to people and key sectors of the economy.

Danbatta (middle) flanked by top management committee of AKTH and NCC staff during the courtesy visit

“Infrastructure that can host this massive flow of information and knowledge is broadband infrastructure and this is top-most in the agenda of the Commission. Indeed, ICT is transforming every sector of the economy and the earlier we embrace the vast opportunity brought by ICT the better,” the EVC pointed out.

Continue Reading

Headlines

Police arrest bandit who abduct his uncle for one million Naira ransom

Published

on

Abubakar Musa displaying the two AK-47 ripples

Nasiru Yusuf

 

 

 

Police in Kano said they have arrested a 27 year old Abubukar Musa who confessed to have abducted his uncle and received one million Naira ransom.

Kano Focus reports that the police spokesperson in Kano Abdullahi Kiyawa announced this in a video clip sent to journalists on Sunday.

He said the suspect was arrested with two AK 47 ripple suspected to be used for kidnapping and banditry.

Mr Kiyawa said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is among the bandits terrorizing some parts of Kano, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and some Northern states.

Mr Musa an indigine of Rurum village in Tudun Wada local government Kano state recalled how in the past abducted his uncle and collected one million Naira ransom before he release him.

The suspect also told police that he borrowed the guns found under his possession from Muhammadu Bakanoma in Zamfara state to confront another bandit called Malam at Birnin Gwari whom he accused with abducting his wife and daughter.

“I am a cattle rustler. I once abducted my uncle Alhaji Haruna and my cousin Bappan Jauro six years ago. These are the only two persons I have ever abducted. I abducted him (Alhaji Haruna) because his two children (Medi and Bappan Jauro) have kidnapped my younger sister Hafsat.

” I released him after receiving one million Naira ransom. We are now living with him (Alhaji Haruna( in the same compound,” Mr Musa said.

Mr Kiyawa said investigation is ongoing and will issue a statement when completed.

Continue Reading

Trending