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Ganduje: How Kwankwaso left N50bn liability for me in failed 5km road projects

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A former Governor of Kano state, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, has left a liability of N54,408,259, 638.05 for the five kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state, the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje has said.

The state commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, dropped the hint on Sunday while addressing journalists on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting, held at the Africa House in Kano Government House.

He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the 5 kilometers road projects all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning.

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He explained that the Kano State Urban Planning and Development Authority was assigned to supervise the projects.

Mr Garba narrated that the committee visited 39 local government areas where its detailed report indicated awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects.

The commissioner pointed out that the 5 kilometre projects in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin-Tofa Local Government areas were revoked and re-awarded due to non-performance.

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He added that some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi Local Government areas, along Kano-Katsina road were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government.

He further explained that “other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local governments that fall within main arterial highway were expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects.”

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Mr Garba pointed out that the council had then approved the release of N607,124,663.47  for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jili-Gulu road in Rimin Gado local government.

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The commissioner stated that “approval had also been given by the council for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the state.”

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