The Kano State Executive Council approved a sum of N3, 942, 564, 267.77 billion for the construction of township roads in the state’s three Emirate Councils. The Emirate Council is comprised of Rano, Gaya, and Karaye.
Soon after the executive council meeting, Malam Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for information, told reporters in Kano that the projects were intended to improve the overall economic situation of the state.
An official from the state government said that the council also agreed to increase the value of the contract for the construction of the Dala Inland Dry Port internal and access roads network at Zawachili in the state’s Kumbotso local government area by N42, 350, 998.31 million, according to a government spokesman.
The former President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists explained that an increase in the contract was necessary due to the discovery of additional work that had not been included in the initial Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME).
In his statement, he stated that additional works discovered after the project’s contractor made 37 percent progress with an advance payment of N250,000,000.00 million included the removal of unsuitable materials, the provision of fill material, the construction of culverts, and the provision of vehicular slabs, among others.
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According to Malam Garba, the new contract sum is N1, 600, 917, 357.68 billion, which is an increase from the initial contract sum of N1, 558, 556, 359.37 billion, which was awarded in July of this year.
He also announced that the council had approved the release of N1 billion, 000,000,000.00 for the implementation of special intervention projects in various local government areas across the state, which he described as “a significant amount of money.”
Education, health care, road infrastructure, environmental electrification, and water supply are among the areas covered by the intervention, which will take place in various locations across the state’s 17 local governments spread across the five emirates.
It was also revealed that approval had been granted for the supply/installation of information and communication technology equipment as well as the deployment of Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) at the Kano Cancer Treatment Centre, which will be located at the Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, for a sum of N307 257.322 million (N307 257 323.02 million).
As he explained, the provision and installation of facilities at the center, which is the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, will undoubtedly improve compliance with global standards in the management of health care information, particularly in the area of electronic medical records.
As part of his announcement, Malam Garba revealed that N48, 010, 036.15 million has been approved for the construction of drainage and culverts within the Kano Emir’s Palace in order to prevent floods caused by a lack of defined structures to effectively discharge storm water from the existing drainage systems to the outside of the Palace.
He also stated that the council had approved the release of N26,107,038.04 million for the contract for flood intervention measures at Gaida Kuka Uku, which is located along the Madobi-Panshekara Road.