The Kano State Government has approved contracts for the construction township roads in the three Emirate Councils of Rano, Gaya and Karaye, at the total cost of N3.9 billion.
The Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this, while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Sunday in Kano.
Garba said the projects were aimed at bringing about meaningful development, boosting the general economic status of the state and further endearing the government to the citizens.
He said that the council also granted approval for the augmentation of N42.3 million as additional costs for the construction of Dala Inland Dry Port internal and access roads at Zawachili in Kumbotso Local Government Area of the state.
“The increase in the contract cost followed the discovery of additional works which were not captured in the initial Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME).
“The additional works, which were discovered after the contractor handling the project achieved 37 per cent progress, upon advance payment of N250 million, include, among others, removal of unsuitable materials, provision of fill materials, construction of culverts and provision of vehicular slabs,” he added.
Garba stated that the new contract sum now stood at N1 .6 billion, as against the initial sum of N1. 5 billion, when the contract awarded in July 2020.
Besides, the commissioner announced the release of N1 billion for the implementation of some special intervention projects in some local government areas in the state.
He said that areas to be covered by the intervention included education, healthcare services, road infrastructure, environment, electrification and water supply at various locations of the 17 local government areas, spread across the five emirates in the state.
Garba said that the council also granted approval for the supply/installation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment for the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) at Kano Cancer Treatment Centre, Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, at the reviewed cost of N307 million.
He said that the supply and installation of the facilities at the centre, which were first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa, was to ensure global standards in the management of electronic medical records.
“The council has approved N48 million 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 storm water.
“The council also ratified the sum of N26 million for the contract for the flood intervention project at Gaida Kuka Uku, along Madobi-Panshekara Road,” he said.