Kano state Governor Dr. Umar Ganduje has promised to prioritize the provision of Humanitarian services through on-going projects in the state, which would be completed before 2023 despite challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic.
The Governor gave the assurance in a media parley organised to mark one year anniversary of his second term in office.
He said despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic which has dwindled federal allocations to the state as well as internally generated revenue, the state is fine tuning its policies and projects and prioritizing them to meet the current realities so that on-going projects can be completed.
“The projects, which are in the areas of Education, Health, infrastructure, security among others will be prioritized to ensure that service to humanity continues.
“The service to humanity is still and will continue to be our priority,” the Governor said.
In this regard, Ganduje said the state government has concluded plans to cut the 2020 budget by 30 percent due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the revised budget will soon be presented to the Kano State House of Assembly for legislation.
“We are reviewing our budget with 30 percent cut, just to match with the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the new budget size, the state would do everything possible to see that, the security of the state, health and education, among other critical sectors, were not compromised”.
The Governor said with consistency of policy in the last five years, agriculture has been made a profitable business in the state, “This is evident by the fact that Kano has the highest concentration of Rice Mills in the country,” said Ganduje.
He said the high rate of agricultural production was made possible by the provision of fertilizer manufactured in the state by KASCO and distributed to farmers at controlled price.
“With KASCO working 24 hours, fertilizer is no longer an issue in Kano as we are even supplying other states,” Ganduje said.
The most peaceful State
The Governor said Kano state is the most peaceful state in Nigeria owing to deliberate policies to secure people and their properties.
“The peace being enjoyed now is not by accident. It was out of cooperation by all security agencies supported by infrastructures that are used in tracking criminals.
“We built dormitories for security operatives to monitor entry points to the state. Built training facilities for the Military in Falgore forest to bring down crime in the area and RUGA to reduce farmers/herders clashes, modernized cattle rearing and associated businesses.
“Community policing was also greatly encouraged in the state with structures beginning from wards up to the state level,” the Governor emphasized.
Primary healthcare service
On health, Ganduje said among others, Primary Health Care is being given attention to bring medical care close to the people.
“We have upgraded four of our Pimary Health Care centres to 300 bed capacity hospitals in each of the four newly created Emirates i.e. Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye to provide services that are equally provided in the urban centres including Eye and Dental care clinics.
“60 percent of the cost of equipment for the Kano state world class Cancer Centre has been paid. The centre will reduce medical tourism for Nigerians going abroad for treatment,” the Governor said.
On the economic front, he said the Kano Economic City being built in the state will spur businesses in the state, the northern region and substantial parts of West Africa.
“Similarly the solar project in Bata market and other market will stop the incessant fire outbreaks in our markets that run into billion naira losses.
“The Tiga and Challawa power projects are near completion to energize businesses in the state. The interchanges built are making movements easy for businesses,” Ganduje said.
He said Educational funding is also being given priority, especially the free and compulsory basic education policy which is integrating Almajiris’ into modern educational system.