KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS RESOLUTIONS - 16TH, 17TH, 18TH AND 19TH SITTINGS

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KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS RESOLUTIONS - 16TH, 17TH, 18TH AND 19TH SITTINGS

PREPARED BY THE COUNCIL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE,
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT,
GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO.
There is no iota of doubt that Kano State under His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR has been undergoing profound transformation physically, socially and politically in view of the numerous laudable people-centred policies and programmes initiated by the present administration to catapult the most populous state in the federation to greater heights. These commendable achievements have been recognized in and outside the state judging by the numerous awards His Excellency has been receiving from individuals and corporate bodies for his sterling performance despite the crunching economic situation the three tiers of government in the country have been experiencing recently.
Since assuming the mantle of leadership on 29th May, 2019, the Governor has made it resoundingly clear that his administration will focus its attention on particularly education, health and security of lives and property though other critical sectors have also been receiving attention all in his desire to transform Kano to a mega city. The administration has further made it a cardinal principle to transform the rural areas of the state through the provision of good roads/other infrastructures toward ensuring accelerated agricultural production for food security.
These commitment of the present administration was demonstrated in the completion of some very important inherited projects abandoned by the previous administrations in view of their positive impact on the lives of the people, These completed projects include the now renamed Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Sheikh Isyaku Rabi’u Paediatric Hospital, Zoo Road and the 2-kilometer Aminu Dantata Flyover along Murtala Muhammad Way, to name just a few.
The present administration has also initiated other gigantic projects which include an ultra-modern vocational skills acquisition centre, Zaria Road named after Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group to provide necessary vocational skills to the teeming youth of the state thereby reducing the menace of joblessness among them.
These laudable policies and programmes have started paying up after their completion and subsequent use by the appreciative citizenry. More so, even some foreign partners have recognized these sterling achievements of the Ganguje administration in all fields of human endeavours particularly areas of provision of critical infrastructures such as roads, bridges, underpasses, flyovers, health and education sectors. For example, Kano State was awarded a bonus of $8.4 million after its emergence as the best state among the North-West States of the federation in the implementation of the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR), a federal government lead initiative aimed at improving health indicators across six (6) pillars that include improving maternal newborn and child health, improving routine immunization coverage and achieving polio eradication, elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS, scaling up access to essential medicines, malaria control and improving child nutrition, among a host of others.
Even in the field of the curtailment of the Covid-19 pandemic and polio, the administration of His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR has received commendations from both local and foreign development partners, multi-lateral agencies and organizations for its commitment and demonstration of his political will to stamp out the scourges from the state. In fact the legion of achievements of the present administration is unquantifiable which space and time will not allow to present all. But one fact is clear: these achievements are glaringly undisputable!
It was in continuation of the implementation of these laudable programmes and policies that the Kano State Executive Council separately held its 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th meetings which were all chaired by His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Dr.  Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR during which approvals were granted for the execution of projects, the implementation of human development programmes and initiation of policies to enhance the living standard of the teeming people of the state.
In his opening remarks during the 19th meeting held on Friday 25th September, 2020 equivalent to 7th Safar, 1442AH, the Chairman, after welcoming the members, disclosed that he had been outside the state for a number of days on national assignment as a result of which there were outstanding issues to be deliberated upon during the sitting.
His Excellency also thanked the Almighty Allah for the torrential rains recorded in the state which, however, had led to loss of lives, farm products and properties. He prayed to the Almighty for more bumper harvest than last year’s.
The following memoranda were presented before the esteemed Council members by ministries, departments and agencies for due consideration and approval during the separate 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th meetings:
a)    Memorandum on Request for Approval to Renovate 4No. Women Development Centres at the Four Emirate Councils in the State 
The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development on the need to renovate 4Nos dilapidated women development centres in Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye emirates with a view to providing vocational skills to rural womenfolk for their socio-economic development thereby uplifting the living standard of the beneficiaries. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N20, 000, 000:00 for the stated undertakings to be executed through direct labour.
b)    Memorandum on Request for Funds for the General Renovation of Physical Structures at the Science and Technical Schools Board secretariat/headquarters
The Ministry of Education presented the memorandum on request for the general renovation of physical structures at the Science and Technical Schools Board headquarters toward providing a conducive working environment to the workforce. Accordingly, Council approved the release of the sum of N23, 899, 905: 80 to the Science and Technical Schools Board for the execution of the works through direct labour.
c)    Memorandum on Request for the Provision of Funds to Kano Pillars Handball Team to Participate in a Continental Tournament
The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development requesting for funds to enable Kano Pillars Handball team to participate in a continental tournament slated to hold from 13th - 22nd November, 2020 in Cairo, Egypt. Accordingly, Council approved the cumulative sum of N49,   845, 700: 00 for the various commitments.
d)    Memorandum on Request for the Procurement of 2No. Brand New Skyworker Vehicles and 1No. Skystairs
The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development requesting for funds for the procurement of 2No. brand new Skyworker vehicles and 1No. skystairs to enable Kano State Metropolitan Agency to ensure the full functioning of streets/traffic lights in the state for improved security and conduct of businesses round the clock. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the contract for the supply of the equipment in the sum of N65, 421, 062: 44.
e)    Memorandum on the Year 2020 Constituency Projects
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development presented the memorandum on the 2020 constituency projects after consultations with the relevant stakeholders and as proposed by the Hon. Members of the State House of Assembly. Under this year’s constituency projects 30% each of the total sum of N4.4 billion was earmarked to the education and health sectors while the remaining 40% was allocated to general enterprises as demanded by the legislators. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N4.4 billion for the award of the constituency projects under the relevant MDAs.
f)    Memorandum on the Need for the Provision of 500 Sets of Double-Bunk Beds and 3,500 Mattresses to Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil
The Ministry of Higher Education presented the memorandum upon the receipt of a request from Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil for the procurement of 500 sets of double-bunk beds and 3,500 mattresses for the university’s female and male hostels. Accordingly, Council approved the release of the sum of N42, 865, 000: 00 to the University for the Stated commitment thereby easing the accommodation problems facing the students.
g)    Memorandum on the Settlement of Compensation for Properties Affected by the Construction of Civic Centre-Ajasa Link Road Project
The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development in respect of the payment of compensation to property-owners affected by the construction of Civic Centre-Ajasa Link Road. The State Bureau for Land Management has assessed and valued the affected properties in the aggregate sum of N18, 244, 000; 00 which the Council approved for release to the Bureau for onward payment to the rightful owners of the affected structures for the project to progress smoothly.
h)    Memorandum on the Need for the Supply/Installation of 5No. G.E. X-Ray Machines, Printers/UPS and Training of Personnel for 5No. Secondary Health Facilities in the State
The Ministry of Health presented the memorandum on the supply/installation of 5Nos Hybid G.E X-ray Machines (X-6000/XR-120), 5Nos printers/UPS, radiation protection/civil and electrical works and the training of personnel for the 5Nos health facilities under the first batch namely: Wudil, Kabo, Sir Muhammadu Sunusi, Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase and Murtala Mohammed hospitals. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the contract for the supply/installation, works and training at the in-house rate of N523, 938, 330:61.
i)    Memorandum on Request for Government's Intervention in Constructing Drainages and Other Measures to Address the Problems of Erosion and Flooding at Lakwaya in Gwarzo Local Government Area
The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Environment upon the receipt of a request from Lakwaya Development Forum in Gwarzo Local Government Area for government's intervention in constructing drainage and' other measures to address the problems of erosion and flooding that occurs in the community. Sequel to this, the technical staff of the ministry undertook an inspection visit to the area and recommended for the construction of reinforced concrete line drainage of 520m length x 1.5m width x 1.0m depth with culvert and volume of 265.2m3 laterite filling within the community estimated at the total cost of N18, 164, 693:12 only. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the contract for the execution of the erosion and flood-control project at the cost of N18, 164, 693: 12. 
j)    Memorandum on the Proposal for the Construction of Gashash Road
The Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development presented the memorandum on the proposed construction of Gashash Road in the metropolis with a scope of works that includes site clearance, fill material, provision of RC drainage, pipe culverts, provision of laterite sub-base and base courses, prime coat, provision of asphaltic concrete wearing course and kerbs as part of the state government’s efforts to bring succour to the people of the area and road-users. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the contract to the qualified contractor at the ministry’s in-house rate of N180, 587, 322: 28.
k)    Memorandum on Request for the Disbursement of Upkeep Grants for NECO and NBAIS Examinations to be Conducted under Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSSMB)
The memorandum on request for the disbursement of upkeep grants for NECO and NBAIS examinations to be conducted under Kano State Secondary Schools Management Board (KSSSSMB) was presented by the Ministry of Education. 152 public Arabic and Islamic Secondary Schools will write NBAIS examination while 288 public and conventional secondary schools will write the NECO examinations with cost implications amounting to N23,854,463.33 for NBAIS and N38,972,614.75 for NECO respectively totaling N62,827,078.08 which Council approved for release to KSSSSMB.
l)    Memorandum on Request for the Release of Funds for the Provision of Necessary Facilities/Materials for the Year 2019/2020 Annual Activities of Bilingual College, Niamey
The Ministry of Education presented the request for funds for the provision of necessary facilities/materials annual activities of Bilingual College, Niamey in Niger Republic jointly established by Kano State and Niger Republic seven years ago. The request is for the provision of school uniforms, shoes, mattresses, medical allowances, feeding of students, transportation to and from Niger Republic, annual transportation allowance to English language teachers, fueling/servicing of vehicles, etc amounting to the cumulative sum of N107, 167, 678: 50 which was approved by Council for release to the Ministry of Education for stated undertakings.
UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 16TH EXCO SITTING
A.    PRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSED BUREAU DE CHANGE MARKET (KASUWAR YAN CANJI) BY MESSRS HETCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS LTD
Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation on the proposed conversion of the Triumph Publishing Company Nigeria Ltd premises into a bureau de change market (kasuwar yan canji) at Wapa, Fagge Local Government Area by Messrs Hetch Development Projects Ltd. The market would be the first of its kind in the country as it would be more secured, safe, organized and convenient using traditional architecture. The proposed project consisting of shops, toilets, parking spaces, rentable spaces for banks, security outposts, ATM galleries, a mosque and other facilities will be executed under a private public partnership arrangement between the firm and the state government. Accordingly, Council instructed the firm to submit a detailed proposal to the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the consideration of the government.
B.    PRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSED PORTO GOLF RESORT (TIGA CASTLE) AT TIGA CASTLE ROCK HOTEL, TIGA TOWN BY MESSRS PORTO GOLF GROUP OF COMPANIES

    Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation of a proposal on     Porto     Golf Resort (Tiga Castle) at Tiga Castle Rock Hotel, Tiga Town by Messrs     Porto Golf Group of Companies. The company plans to renovate the existing     structures, adding more modern finishing to them to ensure its historic value     is not tampered with in addition to the provision of other facilities that meet     international standard. The project will be of immense benefits of the project     which include tourist attraction, job creation, revenue generation, boosting     sporting activities, etc to be executed in six months under a private public     partnership arrangement between the state government and the company.     Accordingly, Council instructed the company to submit a detailed proposal to     the Chairman of the Technical Committee for the consideration of the     government.
C.    COURTESY VISIT TO HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR BY THE MANAGEMENT OF MEDIA TRUST, PUBLISHERS OF DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPERS LED BY THE ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ALHAJI NURA M. DAURA
    Council witnessed with appreciation the courtesy visit by the management of     Media Trust, Publishers of Daily Trust newspapers led by the Acting Chief     Executive Officer, Alhaji Nura M. Daura accompanied by the Editor-in-Chief,     Naziru Mika’ilu. The visitors paid the visit first to the state to reiterate their     loyalty and     allegiance to the present administration in view of the excellent     relationship     between the state government and the company. The state     government expressed appreciation to the company for its immense     contributions to the resuscitation of the state-owned Triumph Publishing     Company, publishers of Triumph, Alfijir and Albishir newspapers.

UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 17TH EXCO SITTING
A.    PRESENTATION ON THE PROPOSED MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT OF THE OLD DAULA HOTEL BY MESSRS LAMASH PROPERTIES
    Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation on the proposed     mixed     use development in respect of the old Daula Hotel by Messrs LAMASH     Properties aimed at re-developing the hotel into well-secured commercial     complex (open mall), residential houses and hotel suites/apartments to be     executed under a private public partnership arrangement between the state     government and the private investor. Accordingly, Council instructed Messrs     LAMASH Properties to submit the proposal to the Technical Committee for     government’s consideration.
B.    PRESENTATION ON LEVERAGING THE KANNYWOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE FOR THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY IN KANO STATE BY MESSRS CREDENT CAPITAL & ADVISORY
    Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation by Messrs Credent     Capital & Advisory on the proposed structure and leveraging the Kannywood     Development Initiative (KDI) for the growth and development of the     entertainment industry in the state. The Kannywood industry lacks structure     which prevents it from accessing funding from both local and international     sources such as NIXEM, Bank of Industry, AFRIXEM, etc, thus leading to     the presentation of the proposal to make the industry more competitive,     professional and qualitative. Accordingly, Council instructed Messrs Credent     Capital & Advisory to submit the proposal to the Technical Committee for     government’s consideration.

UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 18TH EXCO SITTING
A.    COURTESY VISIT TO HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR BY THE MANAGEMENT OF THE NATIONAL HAJJ COMMISSION OF NIGERIA LED BY THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ZIKRULLAH KUNLE HASSAN
    Council witnessed with appreciation the courtesy visit to His Excellency,     the Executive Governor by the management of the National Hajj Commission     of Nigeria (NAHCON) led by the Executive Chairman/CEO, Zikrullah Kunle     Hassan accompanied by the Executive Secretary, Kano State Pilgrims’     Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta, The visitors were in Kano     State recently to congratulate His Excellency, the Executive Governor on the     tremendous achievements recorded by his administration in all facets of     human endeavours particularly Hajj affairs and the state government’s     immense support to NAHCON. They expressed appreciation over the level of     development at the State     Pilgrims’ Welfare Board which, according to the     visitors, is the best in the country; thus justifying that the Governor is indeed     Khadimul Islam. The state government expressed its readiness to ensure the     success of the Hajj Saving Scheme through public enlightenment and the     hosting of its launching to enable the Emir of Kano, the Ulama and business     community to bless the occasion.
B.    PRESENTATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNITS IN KANO STATE MDAs BY MESSRS XAMXIRAX CONSULTS LIMITED
Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation on the implementation of the proposed strategic business units in some state ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) by Messrs Xamxirax Consults Limited. The proposal was aimed at boosting revenue generation in view of the drop in the monthly allocation from the federal government and dwindling internal revenue generation in many states of the federation. Accordingly, Council instructed the company to submit the proposal to the Committee and continue holding discussions with the Committee on the proposal.

C.    PRESENTATION ON CITIZENS AND BUSINESS DATA CAPTURE SCHEME IN KANO STATE BY MESSRS XAMXIRAX CONSULTS LIMITED
    Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation on the proposed     citizens and business data capture scheme in Kano State by Messrs Xamxirax     Consults Limited. The proposal is designed to capture essential data such as details     of each citizen, location of each citizen, description of the available     residential/commercial/public infrastructure, geospatial data of the available     infrastructure and all other necessary information required for planning,     development, security and revenue generation purposes. Accordingly, Council     instructed the firm to submit the proposal to the Committee and continue holding     discussions with the Committee on the proposal.

UPDATE ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE 19TH EXCO SITTING
A.    PRESENTATION OF A TRADITIONAL GIFT TO HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR FROM THE NIGER REPUBLIC MINISTER OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
    Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation of a traditional gift     to His Excellency, the Executive Governor from the Niger Republic Minister     of Education during a 3-day joint inspection visit to the Bilingual College,     Zinder in Niger Republic by the Hon. Commissioners of Education and Works     & Infrastructural Development.    The two bilingual colleges in Niamey and     Zinder were jointly established     seven years ago by Kano State and Niger     Republic to afford their citizens the opportunity to learn French and English     for better mutual understanding and cooperation and the award was in     recognition of this close partnership and friendship between the two parties.     Establishing the two colleges is of immense benefits to the people of Kano     State in view of its status as a commercial nerve centre in the West African     sub-region. His Excellency expressed appreciation to the Niger Republic     Minister of Secondary Education for the award which is a testimony to the     close cooperation between Kano State and Niger Republic particularly in the     field of education.
B.    PRESENTATION OF AN AWARD TO HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR ON N-POWER FROM THE MINISTER OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS, DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT BY THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT
Council witnessed with appreciation the presentation of an award to His     Excellency, the Executive Governor by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,     Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq     in charge of the federal government N-Power programme in recognition of     His Excellency’s contributions to the success of the programme in the state.     These efforts of the present administration had led to the registration of     286,339 applicants under Batch C of the N-Power, making Kano State with     the highest enrollees in the country. Kano State is one of the two states in the     whole federation that had received the minister’s award for their excellent     achievements in the N-Power programme. His Excellency commended     President Muhammadu Buhari for abolishing the initial system of allocating     slots to few influential people in respect of the 1,000 jobs per local     government area which would not guarantee equity and fairness, assuring of     the commitment of his administration toward ensuring the full participation     of the people of the state in all federal government programmes. According to     him, the new system of recruitment put in place by the National Directorate     of Employment (NDE) will ensure those in real need especially the physically     challenged, street hawkers, elderly women, etc would be considered for     recruitment into the programme.

USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY
The Council has endorsed these useful phone numbers provided by the security agencies in case of any emergency. Accordingly, members of the general public may contact KAROTA for breakdown of vehicle(s), traffic congestion, accident or illegal/wrong parking on 08091626747, the State Police Command on 08032419754 or 08123821575 and the State Fire Service on 07051246833 or 08191778888.

Signed:
MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA
Commissioner of Information
Kano State