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Kano To Empower 12,500 Food Vendors, Phone Repairers

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The Kano state government has perfected plans to empower 6,000 food vendors and 6,500 phone repairers towards the advancement of small scale entrepreneurship and the state’s economy at large.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the revelation when the immediate past chairmen of the 44 local government councils paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House yesterday, adding that it
was part of his administration’s cardinal thrusts to see to the development of small and medium businesses.

“I promised to empower our people at all levels of the ladder with greater emphasis on the grassroots people. What we are doing is just what we promised to do,” Ganduje said.

Continuing, he said, “Very soon we are empowering 6,500 phone repairers. We have taken all records pertaining these people. We have their numbers, we have their locations and we have the history of
their businesses at hand,” he said.

The governor explained that his administration would continue to empower all categories of Kano electorate, so as to ensure genuine human development.

He said, “For the food vendors who are mostly women, we have made purchase of 6,000 gas cylinders while other accessories have been supplied already from China.”

He further disclosed that, very soon the state would also empower motor park attendants for them to help in further developing their businesses and ensure sustainability in the state’s economy.

Meanwhile, the former chairmen of the 44 local government councils, under the leadership of Ibrahim Ahmad Karaye, Karaye assured the governor of total support ahead of next year’s 2019 general elections.

In the same vein, the state government has awarded contract to the tune of about N2. 5 billion for the completion of 14 abandoned schools and 13 sundry education related projects inherited from the previous
administrations.

The projects, to be financed from the 2017 UBE Matching Grant, will provide additional 470 classrooms in the state, making it possible for the state to provide learning space for nearly 30,000 fresh pupils and
students.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the disclosure during a meeting with the contractors, saying the government targeted high quality infrastructure to cater for its teeming students.

“All the contracts were reviewed to accommodate increase in the price of building materials over time. Sufficient financial provision has been made to absolve payment demands of the contractors. All contractors having outstanding certificates will be paid when they return to site,” Ganduje assured.

While urging the contractors to handle the jobs efficiently, the governor promised that his administration would continue to set aside funds each month to settle inherited liabilities from past
administrations.

He noted that schools infrastructure in Kano were being overstretched by increasing students intakes, as a result of the state’s large population, stressing that his administration would continue to do its
best to address the challenge.

On his part, the chairman, Kano state Universal Basic Education Board, Zakari Ibrahim Bagwai, explained that “from 2016-2017, the pupils population in the state increased from 3, 196, 000 to nearly 4.4
million, hence the need for concerted initiatives to increase access to learning, improve learning outcomes and generally strengthen the system.

“Kano is in the forefront of accessing UBEC matching grants. That is why we are recalling 14 contractors back to site to complete the education projects,” he stated.

Source: Blueprint

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