The Kano State Executive Council has approved the release of over Seven Billion Naira for the execution of various urgent public oriented projects in the state.
Mr. Usman Bello Director Internal Affairs in a statement said the commissioner for Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye mni while breafing press on the outcome of the two recent weekly Executive Council meetings disclosed this.
He said the fund and projects were approved during the 2nd and 3rd meetings of council to address urgent public infrastructural and services needs.
Dantiye, while giving breakdown of the approvals, revealed that over N1.6 billion was approved for ministry of Works and Housing to complete the construction of the new office for Research and Documentation Directorate at Government House, constuction of covered sewage conduct along Jakara-Kwarin Gogau river, procurement of fairly used excavators and lowbeds for Kano Urban Development Authourity (KNUPDA) and refuse collection equipment for Refuse Management and Sanitation Board and maintainance of 11 selected metropolitan roads in the state.
Similarly, the sum of N779million was approved for Ministry of Water Resources to settle three months water treatment plants electricity bills, procurement of 600 metric tons of Aluminium Sulphate for use at the treatment plants, supply of chemicals and routine maitainance and technical services of the treatment plants, the commissioner added.
Furthermore, Dantiye stated that Ministry of Transport received approval to expend over N37million to repair KAROTA grounded vehicles, revive its operation and the renovation of Kano State Driving Institute along Zaria road.
The commissioner also disclosed that Ministry of Environment was granted approval to undertake 2023 annual drainage clearance at the cost of N50 Million while Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) received over N658 Million as operational funds.
Ministry of Land was given approval for the execution of the expansion of Zaria road project while Ministry of Science and Techonogy was to create and formulate Science, Techonology and Innovation Policy at the cost of N4.2 Million.
Other decisions taken include constitution of 5-member committee to review report received on addressing the challenges being faced by state Pension Fund Trustees in the implementation of contributory pension scheme under Commissiiner of Agriculture, Dantiye added.
He also revealed that the council constituted committee to ascertain the actual number of abandoned and on-going constituency projects accross the state.