From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The Kano state government has approved the sum of N813, 918, 274.2 as expenditure for the development of health, education, and environment.
The state Commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, revealed this, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 105th edition of the State Executive Council Meeting in his office yesterday.
According to Garba, the council approved the sum of N100m for accreditation of 16 newly introduced courses at the state polytechnic, adding that the fund was approved based on the importance of the programmes to Kano students.
He revealed that, the sum of N247, 516,872.97 was approved for the renovation and construction of structures in the state’s owned five health institutions.
The commission added that, the purpose of approving the aforementioned fund was part of the resolve of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration to ensure that all the institutions have been fully accredited by the regulatory bodies.
The five institutions to benefit from the fund include, Kano State School of Nursing, School of Nursing, Madobi, and School of Midwifery.
Others include, School of Nursing, Dambatta, and Post Basic School of Health, Gezawa Local Government areas in the state.
The commissioner also revealed that, the council approved, N45, 750m for purchase of 5,000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms for 5,000 indigenous candidates, adding that, the fund included the screening and training of the beneficiaries.
Garba also said that, the council approved the sum of N35.7 million for the maiden convocation ceremony for the 2016/2017 graduands of the state’s own Yusuf Maitama Sule University, which would hold in March, this year.
On health sector, the commissioner revealed that the sum of N136, 426,372.28 was approved for the upgrade a healthcare centre in Tofa Local Government area of the state.
He also disclosed that N142,427,878.36 was earmarked for renovation and furnishings of the state Post Graduate Medical School, situated in Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital.
“This school is very important to this state because most consultant doctors in our health sector will utilize the school for research and documentation if it is fully operational.
“Consultant doctors will not need to go outside for research and documentation works if the renovation work is completed. This will save a lot of money and time.
“This came as the commitment of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje towards health development in this state, “ he said.
He, however, revealed that over N31 million was approved to the Ministry of Environment for construction of drains to mitigate the problem of food in Zakirai village of Gabasawa Local Government area.
Garba added that Ganduje had the zeal to take Kano State to the promise land, calling on the citizens to continue supporting the administration in order to enjoy the dividend of democracy.