The Kano State Government has approved the release of N32, 429, 000 to its ministry of education for the registration of disabled indigent students for the National Examination Council (NECO), the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Schools (NBAIS) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who made this known in a statement made available to PlatinumPost on Wednesday, said the approval was given by the State Executive Council after its meeting held at Africa House, Government House, Kano.
He said the sum of N11, 000.00 per head for the 2,595 verified candidates for NECO was approved, totaling N28, 545,000.00, while a total of N1, 805, 000.00 would be spent at the rate of N9, 500.00 per candidates for NBAIS examination.
He also announced that the council approved the extension/services on the appointment of an independent engineer on Tiga and Challawa Hydro Electric Power Project (HEP) from August 31, 2021 to August 31, 2022 in favour of lender technical adviser, Messrs Oska-Jo & Partners Ltd at the discounted sum of N120, 482, 426.23 to the state Hydro and Energy Development Company Limited (KHEDCO) from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)/Bank of Industry (BOI) Power and Aviation Intervention Loan (PAIF).
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Garba further stated that approval was also secured from the council on the upward review of the already approved contract for equipping of/furnishing of Kafin Maiyaki Cottage Hospital at the sum of N132, 763, 047.49 to enable its commissioning for the facilitation of optimum healthcare services.
The commissioner also revealed that the council also gave its nod to N21, 384, 000.00 for the bulk purchase of 11, 880 copies of text books titled: “Comprehensive Animal Husbandry and Fisheries for Senior Secondary Schools” so as to encourage agricultural study and animal/fish production in the state.
The council, he added, also approved the conduct of a two-day 2020 retreat for members, heads of extra ministerial departments, permanent secretaries and other top government functionaries, scheduled for December 2020.
He said the retreat, which followed positive outcome of the one earlier held in 2019 in Kaduna, is aimed at identifying and overcoming current challenges upon government operations in the state and achieving the desired objectives for effective coordination/synergy among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The commissioner revealed that the council ratified the contract agreement on e-procurement framework contract with Messrs European Union Dynamics UK Limited at the cost of $356, 612:50 dollars.
He explained that e-procurement is a component of state Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme which relates to framework formation of Bureau by legislation that also executes e-procurement in all MDAs receiving funds from the state budget and access to one million dollars for the state government.
He said the council has also approved the state draft policy on environment and the launching of the state Policy on Environment, which Kano is hosting in December 2020.