The Kano State government would revisit a proposal to generate electricity from Challawa and Tiga dams so as to provide the much needed power to propel the state’s economy, the state governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has announced.
The governor said that the proposal, which was drafted during his first tenure in office between 1999 and 2003 but discarded by the past administration, would be revised to ensure that the project became a reality.
Kwankwaso spoke while exchanging views with the Chief Executive Office, Kano Electricity Distribution Company, Alhaji M.T. Balogun in his office.
He further said that his government would soon commence talks with some private investors who had indicated an interest to work with them in providing energy to the state.
Governor Kwankwaso said that because of the geographical size and economic activities taking place in Kano, the poor electricity supply was a disincentive to industrial development of the state.
In his remarks, Alhaji Balogun urged the government to settle outstanding bills owed by its ministries and agencies, in addition to removing all obstacles to speedy execution of the company’s numerous projects in Kano.
Meanwhile, the state executive council has approved the purchase of 55 Hilux double cabin vehicles for the police and other security agencies in the state.
The state commissioner for Information, Internal Affairs, Youths Sports and Culture, Dr. Umar Faruk Jibril made this known at the end of the weekly state executive council meeting presided over by the governor at the Government House, Kano.
Dr. Jibril also announced that the state government consented to release N390 million for the improvement of water supply in the Greater Kano area while N20.1 million would also be released for the enhancement of environmental sanitation in the metropolis.
In addition, he stated that the council agreed to make available the sum of N3.2 million as monthly grant to the state refuse management agency, REMASAB to facilitate urban sanitation.
The Commissioner also said that N5.2 million was approved for the improvement of urban traffic flow in Kano city, pointing out that a committee to this effect has already been set up and has began work.
Equally, he said that the state government agreed to procure 65 buses under the Federal Mass Transit scheme and advised interested persons in Kano to liaise with the state Ministry of Works for details on how to take part in the scheme.