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We’re not selling public properties,  PPP model ‘ll revamp infrastructure – Kano govt



 We re not selling public properties PPP model ll revamp infrastructure Kano govt

The Kano State government says its decision to adopt Public Private Partnership (PPP) model in some of its projects is to fast-track development of infrastructure that were neglected by the last administration in the state.

The Kano government, which refuted a story by a section of the media that erroneously accused Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of selling public properties, said the PPP model being misconstrued by some people will not only address infrastructure deficit but also rejuvenate the economy of the state.

This was contained in a statement made available to PlatinumPost on Wednesday and signed by Kano State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba.

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Under the PPP concept, Garba said, the government of Kano State is revitalizing under-performing assets in partnership with willing investors as part of move to make the ancient city catch up with modernity for a befitting mega city status.

He said the PPP arrangement, one of the best global practice, is long-term contract between a private party and a government agency for providing a public asset or service, in which the private party bears significant risk and management responsibility.

The commissioner pointed out that the build-operate-transfer variations, which are also commonly used in Nigeria, including design-build-finance-transfer, build-operate-own, and design-build-finance-operate models, are part of efforts by the government to re-appraising the Kano Master Plan which has not been rendered to any re-appraisal for a very long time.

He said the move would give impetus for proper planning and implementation of infrastructure development in the state.

Garba stated that most of the properties in question are either abandoned or under-performing.

The commissioner indicated that one of such properties-Daula Hotel, which had been abandoned for years, has become a hiding place for criminals, even as the School of Hospitality and Tourism situated within its premises only occupies 10 per cent of the structure, would now be developed to a residential building for enhanced revenue generation.

On the once vibrant Triumph Newspapers unceremoniously closed down by the then Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso administration in 2012, of which one quarter of it was converted to a public convenience, Garba said it has been revived by the present administration and now relocated to a more convenient place befitting a newspaper house to pave the way for the development of a more economically viable and modern Bureau de Change Market.

He posited that the market will not only generate more revenue to the state but will also see to the creation of more employment opportunities to the teeming populace.

Garba said that the Shahuchi parking area was originally earmarked for the project by the previous administration but the structure was faulty, which informed the decision by the Ganduje administration to fine tune it to standard level.

He said the construction of corner shops in public spaces is aimed at curbing criminal activities by miscreants who hide under the cover of darkness to perpetrate crimes.

The statement urged the media to always verify their stories before publishing/airing in order to avoid whipping sentiments through peddling of unfounded rumours and fake news.

It also called on good people of Kano state to ignore all sorts of rumours being peddled by disgruntled elements bent on casting aspersion on the Ganduje’s administration on its mission to develop the state and particularly make it attain the mega city status.



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