Kano: Ganduje approves N3.9bn for township roads

Kano State Executive Council yesterday approved the sum of over N3, 942, 564, 267.77 billion for the construction of township roads in the three emirate councils. 

The State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who told newsmen in Kano shortly after the State Executive Council meeting, said that the Emirate Council are Rano, Gaya and Karaye.

According to him, the project was designed to boost the general economic status of the State.

The Government spokesman disclosed that the council also granted approval for the augmentation of the sum of N42, 350, 998.31million as additional cost of the contract for the construction of Dala Inland Dry Port internal and access roads network at Zawachili, in Kumbotso local government area of the State.

The former President Nigerian Union of Journalists, (NUJ), explained that the increase in the contract sum followed the unearthing of additional works which were not captured in the initial Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation, (BEME).

He said the additional works discovered after the contractor handling the project has achieved 37 percent progress, upon advance payment of N250, 000, 000.00 million include, among others, removal of unsuitable materials, provision of fill material, construction of culverts, provision of vehicular slabs.

Garba stated that the new contract sum now stands at N1, 600, 917, 357.68 as against the initial sum of N1, 558, 556, 359.37 billion awarded in July, 2020.

The commissioner also announced that the council has approved the release of N1, 000, 000, 000.00 billion for the implementation of some special intervention projects in some local government areas in the State.

He said areas to be covered by the intervention include education, healthcare services, road infrastructure, environment electrification and water supply at various locations of the 17 local governments spread across the five emirates in the State.

Garba further added that approval has also been granted for the supply/installation of Information and Communication Technology equipment deployment of Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) in the Kano Cancer Treatment Centre, at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, at the reviewed cost of N307, 257, 323.02 million.

He explained that the supply and installation of the facilities at the centre, which is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, is bound to enhance compliance with global standards in the management of such, which emphasised on an electronic medical record.

The Commissioner further revealed that approval of N48, 010, 036.15 million has been given for the construction of drainage and culverts within Kano Emir’s Palace to prevent flood occurrences due to the absence of defined structures to effectively discharge stormwater from the existing drainages to the outside of the Palace.

He also stated that the release of the sum of N26, 107, 038.04 million has been ratified by the Council for the contract on flood intervention measures at Gaida Kuka-Uku, along Madobi-Panshekara Road.

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