Address By His Excellency, The Governor Of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Ofr) On The Occasion Of Presentation Of The Year 2016 Budget To Kano State House Of Assembly On Monday, 23rd November 2015
1. It is with immense delight and gratitude to Allah (SWT) that I present before this Honorable House, the year 2016 Budget.
2. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to begin by registering my condolence and heartfelt sympathy to the families of Saudi Arabia stampede and the most recent bomb blasts victims at GSM market farm centre. We pray Allah SWT to grant them Jannatul-firdaus and also pray for the quick recovery of those that were injured during the incidents and to assure them of our continued commitment to provide them with all necessary medications and assistance. I would also like to ask 2
for your continuous prayers for peace and tranquility across the country.
3. Mr. Speaker, 2015 is a revolutionary year. Precisely, on the 28th of March 2015, we witnessed successful elections and had a peaceful transition of power, a rare feat on the entire African continent. We had for the first time a situation where the opposition unseated the party in power at the Center; paving the way for the emergence of our beloved and popular Muhammadu Buhari as the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under our great party, APC. This is indeed an achievement we all as Nigerians should be proud of, though it is regrettable that this was achieved amidst persistently high economic crisis facing the Nation.
4. Mr. Speaker, I would not continue with this address without acknowledging the massive developmental strides Kano State has achieved under my predecessor, the Architect of Modern Kano, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso FNSE. I would like to pay tribute to him for laying a strong and solid foundation upon which this Government is building upon. 3
You will recall that during my inaugural Speech, I reiterated vividly that the direction of my administration would be predicated on continuation, consolidation, fine tuning of on-going critical infrastructural projects embarked upon by the previous administrations and to further initiate more people oriented policies and programs for the overall development of our dear state. By now, I am sure you will all testify to our commitments in that regard.
5. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, May I also use this opportunity to commend the good people of Kano State for the understanding and unflinching support they have always accorded to our administration, particularly at this trying period of economic down turn which the nation is experiencing. Certainly, with the new strategy of diversifying the state sources of revenue, we shall overcome this financial crisis in no distant future.
6. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, it could be recalled that we have inherited over 2000 on-going projects from the previous administration. As a responsible government that believes in the continuity of laudable projects initiated to 4
meet the needs and aspirations of the good people of Kano, despite the financial resource constraints, we were committed to the completion of these projects and have recorded some modest successes in many critical sectors of the economy as well. These accomplishments would also not have been achieved without the support, cooperation and encouragement of this Honourable House and the entire people of Kano State.
7. Mr. Speaker, I am happy to say that throughout the year, we have maintained and instituted the culture of fiscal discipline. The fiscal measures we have adopted include:
•The weekly conduct and publication of our Executive Council Resolutions on National Dailies for transparency and accountability in governance.
•Slashing the cost of governance by appropriately adjusting the overhead cost of all State MDAs.
•Insistence on cashless policy with a view to block leakages of public funds.
•Maintaining Single Revenue Account Platform to ensure capturing of all internally generated revenue monthly.
•Identification of new sources of revenue in order to enhance generation.
•Elimination of ghost workers in some MDAs i.e REMASAB.
•Allocation of over 70% of our Budget to Capital Expenditure and less than 30% to Recurrent Expenditure.
•Reduction of salaries and allowances of political office holders including those of the Executive Governor and the Deputy by 50%.
•Reforming the State Board of Internal Revenue by employing qualified and competent staff.
•Reduction of Ministries from 19 to 14.
8. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen; those were some of the fiscal measures we introduced in addition to strengthening the anti-corruption Agency in the state to ensure probity and public accountability.
The Year 2015 Approved Budget Performance
9. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen; it could be recalled that, the 2015 6
budget was presented before this honorable house in December 2014 last year, containing a budgetary size of N210.761billion and tagged as “Budget of Celebration of Success” with recurrent allocation of N75.149 billion and capital allocation of N135.611 billion. The general performance of the 2015 Approved Budget stood at 61 percent from January to September 2015. This performance could be considered modest considering the fall of oil price in the world market which adversely affects the economic fortune of the state and the country in general.
10. Mr. Speaker, kindly permit me to give a brief account of the accomplishments recorded by the 2015 Approved Budget:
11. Mr. Speaker and Honourable members, our commitment to the provision of critical infrastructure for the socio-economic development of the State is what informed our administration’s huge investment in infrastructural development in the financial year 2015. In the outgoing year, 7
the sum of N86.3billion was allocated to the sector for the completion of a number of on-going projects, and commencement of new ones. I am happy to report that quite a number of these projects have been completed and commissioned by this administration. Some of these projects that have been completed include:
Dorawa Road at Nassarawa Local Government Area
Post Office road
Yan Taya Kofar Dawanau in Dala Local Government
Kwankwaso township Roads.
Fortification of Embankment protection along Challawa Road
Erosion control at Yaryasa bridge along Tudun Wada Jos road.
Construction of multi-cell box culvert at Gulu.
Construction of Guringawa-Maidille road.
Construction of 7 no security dormitories at gateways.
Renovation of Sharia Commission.
Renovation, landscaping and furnishing of Hon. Members offices and construction of Hon. Speaker and Deputy Speaker’s offices as well as renovation of legislative quarters at Farawa.
13. A substantial number of street lights on relevant projects were also completed.
14. In order to further decongest the existing traffic flow within the
metropolis, government has started the construction of an Underpass-way at Madobi/Panshekara junction at the total contract sum of N1, 125,413,808.25. Already work is in progress.
15. Furthermore, we have continued with the construction of 5 KM dualised roads with streetlights and drainages in some of the 44 Local Governments. This is in addition to construction of houses and provision of infrastructure in our new cities of Kwankwasiyya, Amana and Bandirawo as well as continuing with the construction of various categories of houses and provision of infrastructure, access roads, drainages and provision of streetlights across the State. MoU was signed between the State Government and Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) for the provision of technical assistance towards the concessioning of light rail, Bus Mass Transport, solar power pilot for schools, health facilities, street lightening and markets. 9
16. Moreover, the Ministry of land and physical planning has been repositioned in line with the present administration’s resolve to achieve sanity in all aspects of land administration and to enhance revenue generation for the state.
17. Mr. Speaker, with the dwindling revenue coming from the Federation Account, the State Government has to be creative enough to develop alternative sources of revenue for the financing of its developmental projects. From the onset, this administration felt it necessary to set up a Technical Committee of experts to search out sources of revenue for the State.
The Committee’s report has been fully adopted by the State Executive Council where an Implementation Committee was set up. As part of the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations, this administration has completely overhauled the State Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) with new management made up of professional accountants and tax administrators/practitioners who have gathered a lot of experiences in both the public and private sectors. It is also 10
one of the reform measures that the emolument of the Board’s management and staff would be dependent on its monthly performance.
This administration, just like the good people of the State and beyond, has high expectation on the re-structured and reconstituted management of the Board. Many States, especially those in northern Nigeria, are looking up to Kano State as a model for reforms in IGR.
18. To enhance revenue generation, government has entered into partnership with development partners such as DFID through GEMS-3 to facilitate provision of title to property owners in order to enhance value of their properties, stimulate economic growth and sanitize land transactions across the 8 metropolitan LGAs of the State. The following achievements have been recorded in the Systematic Land Titling Registration (SLTR) programme:
Government has renovated SLTR offices at 4 LGAs (Tarauni, Dala, Fagge and Ungogo).
Procured working equipments and operational vehicles at the total cost of N23 million Naira.
Government has approved scale up of the SLTR programme to cover 8 metropolitan LGAs via release of counterpart funding in the sum of N139million.
Government has recruited and commissioned 174 youth on a casual basis to participate in the SLTR scale up exercise. So far a total of 1000 properties have been captured and the data is being processed for issuance of certificates.
Succession plan has already commenced to enable Kano State government continue with the systematic land titling and registration after the departure of development partners (DFI D).
19. Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, a lot has been achieved in education sector in the year 2015. The sum of N18billion was allocated for execution of various projects and programmes, which included 104 on-going projects at the cost of N14.4 billion and the sum of N3.6 billion allocated for the then new ones. 12
20. It is pertinent to inform this House that we have continued with the construction work at permanent site of Northwest University. Our emphasis is to complete the construction of lecture halls and laboratories to meet the accreditation requirements of the university. Similarly, efforts are being made for the completion of all capital projects at Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil.
21. Mr. Speaker, In order to sustain our effort on human capital development, this administration has continued to give scholarships to both foreign and domestic students across various tertiary institutions. Furthermore, the Government has embarked on the completion of a large number classrooms and provision of furniture to take care of the pressure arising from the transition to secondary schools and the free and compulsory primary education policy.
22. Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, during the outgoing year, the sum of N4.9billion was earmarked to this 13
sector for the execution of on-going projects at the cost of N3.9billion and some new ones amounting to N1billion. So far, the following projects were completed:
Renovation and rehabilitation of our various health institutions.
Completion of the renovation works at our General Hospitals in Wudil, Kura, Tudun Wada and the Nuhu Bamali General Hospital.
Procurement of specialized medical equipment.
In the same vein, government continues with the following programmes:
Malaria control programme,
Partnership with Bill And Melinda Gate and Dangote Foundation on the Support of Routine Immunization.
Free Accident and Emergency Services and
Free Ante Natal Care Services to Women.
23. Mr. Speaker, another achievement recorded in this sector was the training of 1,936 Traditional Birth Attendants on Effective Maternal Health Care Services. This is to help in strengthening our effort at reducing the high rate of maternal 14
and child morbidity and mortality. Each traditional birth attendant was provided with a certificate and sanitary kits.
24. It is also worthy of note that we recently conducted the State Free Eye Care Programme, during which at least 44,000 patients across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state benefited. During this special medical programme, 51,200 people collected drugs, 10,000 received eye medicated glasses, 541 underwent Trachoma surgery and 2,504 had Cataract surgery.
25. In an effort to reduce congestions at our Hospitals, the two inherited uncompleted hospitals at Zoo Road and Giginyu were slated for completion. Already, we have embarked on the completion of the construction of the two Hospitals.
26. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, you may recall that in the outgoing year’s budget, we had allocated the sum of N3.66billion for the financing of on-going water supply Projects and Programmes. I am happy to report that the 15
challenges bedeviling the water sector have now been reduced drastically. Part of the feat attained in this regard is the completion of pipeline extension from Kundila roundabout through Maiduguri road to NNPC mega station. As a result of this development, the inhabitants of Hotoro area and nearby places have started enjoying water supply.
27. However, the project of pipe laying at the eastern bye pass is ongoing. We have also repaired several damaged pipelines that slow the flow of water to different parts of the State, including but not limited to the repairs of the pipelines from Garun Malam water works to Garun Malam Town. Similarly, the incessant power supply challenge at Challawa Water works has also been resolved through payment of the sum of N196million to Kano Electricity Distribution Company. The Tsanyawa Water works has also been completed. In the same vein, the procurement of water treatment chemicals for all the major water works and the regional water schemes have been sustained. 16
Agriculture and Natural Resources
28. Mr. Speaker, during the year under review an allocation of N2.86billion was made to this sector. I am happy to report that in our effort to increase agricultural productivity, the following successes were recorded:
Procurement and Distribution of Fertilizer,
Procurement, Storage and maintenance of Assorted Grains as Buffer Reserves,
Continuous Development of Agric related skill acquisition Training Institutes,
Continuous partnership with the Leventis Foundation in maintenance of the Agricultural School at Panda.
Agricultural Micro Credit Facilities for Medium and Small Scale Agriculture Businesses.
29. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, the total Capital Provision for this sector in the outgoing year is the sum of N1.5billion. Numerous projects have been undertaken in the sector which includes: 17
Construction of drainages at Farawa Legislator’s Quarters.
Construction /Rehabilitation of Drainages at Kantin Kwari Market.
Construction/ Rehabilitation of Drainages from Abattoir to Koki Quarters.
Re-construction of Box culvert and Drainage clearance exercise at Darmanawa quarters.
Clearing of Drainages and evacuation of the debris within Farawa.
Landscaping and beautification of the entire four angles of the Kabuga Underpass Bridge.
NEWMAP MOU has been signed between the State Government, Federal Government and World Bank for desertification control.
Provision of 150 (8M3) Wastes Collection Buckets.
Construction of Filling Station at REMASAB Hqtrs.
Procurement of 16No. Sino Trucks for wastes disposal.
Procurement of 50 No. Simba Cabin Tricycles for wastes Collection.
Procurement of 40No. of Dump Trucks.
Procurement of 4No. of Brand new SDLG 936L Loader.
Procurement of 30 NTM Trucks for wastes disposal.
Establishment of New 8km shelter belt.
Enriched Planting of deforested Areas located at Pancha, Danzabuwa and Maisanda in Kibiya, Bichi and Bunkure L. G .As respectively.
Rehabilitation of Shelter Belts covering 35km in Garko LGA, Paradaci in Sumaila LGA 10km, Ajingi in Ajingi L.G.A 10km and Dinyar Madiga in Takai L.G.A 10km.
Introduction of “keep Kano Clean” programme to ensure clean and healthy environment.
30. In our effort, to reposition governance on a pedestal of efficiency and higher productivity, institutional reforms were initiated aimed at strengthening the Civil Service in the State. We have streamlined our State Ministries through restructuring the number of the ministries from 19 to 14 for effective service delivery and efficient utilization of our resources. The bottom line is to ensure that the entire machinery of service delivery is enhanced to allow for the 19
repositioning of governance into a resolute framework to serve the people prudently and transparently.
31. In this respect we consider it desirable to establish a SERVICOM Directorate, under my supervision in order to ensure that our citizens are well satisfied with public service delivery. Accordingly, preparations have been made to establish a due process Agency in the State with a view to improve public procurement process. Let me reinstate at this juncture that our resolve to combat corruption in the Civil Service remains firm and resolute. Any detected corrupt practice will not be tolerated. To this end, we have reformed our Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission with the mandate to independently deal ruthlessly with all corrupt practices and perpetrators.
2016 Budget Profile:
32. Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Members, Ladies and gentlemen, kindly permit me to present the details of our expenditure policies and projections for the 2016 fiscal year. 20
33. The year 2016 Budget is tagged “Budget for Self-Reliance ’’ which reflects our vision for diversification of the State’s sources of revenue with a view to lay a solid foundation for our administration to pursue its development objectives built on progressive policies, needs, aspirations and priorities geared towards the continued leadership position of the state in all sectors of the economy particularly Commerce, Industry, Education, Agriculture and Infrastructural Development. The total size of the 2016 proposed Budget is N274,824,600,378.
34. Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, the total Recurrent Revenue to be collected is estimated at the sum of N157,410,532,069. It consists of N60billion Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and N97,410,532,069 Revenue from the Federation Account (FAAC). The total recurrent revenue is higher than that of year 2015 by N43,527,382,589 or (28%). It is important at this point to note that Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is higher than that of year 2015 by 21
N14,327,382,589 representing (31%) increase. This will be made possible with the on-going reform done to the Board of Internal Revenue and the engagement of consultants which will provide us with better strategies and new ideas of revenue collections.
35. The proposed capital expenditure for the 2016 fiscal year is N191,552,889,518 which is higher than that of 2015 by N55,940,931,633. This is to be financed by N74,138,821,209 expected Recurrent revenue surplus and total capital receipts of N117,414,068,309. The capital Receipts is made up of N29,440,151,690 expected Internal and External loans drawdown, N52,390,307,543 estimated Grants, N35,483,609,076 Miscellaneous receipts and Treasury opening balance of N100,000,000.
36. Mr. Speaker and Honourable members, having laid down the foundation for the implementation of policies and programmes of our Administration in the last seven months, 22
we intend to commit our energy and resources to the pursuit of major projects and programmes in the 2016 fiscal year.
37. Mr. Speaker and Honourable Members, I now wish to present to you the sectoral allocations of the 2016 proposed budget as follow:
38. Mr. Speaker, we are all aware of the fact that Education is the bedrock of any societal development, our administration proposed to spend the sum ofN23.65billion for this sector with intention to enhance the development of our populace educational capacity at all levels.
39. In our collective reasoning to drive a knowledge based economy, this administration will continue sponsoring Kano State indigenes to pursue their various degree programmes locally and internationally.
40. Rt. Honourable Speaker, Honourable Members, Ladies and gentlemen, with all sense of modesty, our administration has made considerable progress in this sector. To consolidate 23
on this, we are determined to spend the sum of N5.86billion for the provision of additional classrooms, construction of staff houses, provision of furniture, construction of toilet at various schools within the State. The provision is also for the construction of science laboratories for science and Technical Colleges as well as procurement of teaching and learning materials and equipment for sporting activities in our various schools.
41. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, other programmes and projects in the 2016 fiscal year under education sector include the following: –
N144million for the completion of French college in Niger Republic, procurement of KERD printing machines and other accessories, also completion of all on-going construction of classrooms and provision of furniture.
N50million is proposed for Mass literacy campaign programmes in order to widen access to all segments of the society.
N298million is proposed to Aminu Kano College of Islamic and Legal Studies for various projects such as
Accreditation of courses, construction and completion of on-going works at the school.
N117million is proposed to be spent at Audu Bako College of Agriculture for the construction of Entrepreneur centre.
42. Similarly, Mr. Speaker, the sum of N4.7billion is proposed for various projects and programmes for the development of Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil while another sum of N5.5billion is earmarked for the development of Northwest University.
43. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Government proposed to spend theN13.7billion for various health related programmesin the State as detailed below.
Over N3billion was set aside for the expansion and renovation of MurtalaMohd Specialist Hospital to globally acceptable standard.
Government has earmarked N110million for the improvement of Hospital at Kura, T/Wada, Wudil, Doguwa,Tiga, SMGH and Gwarzo General Hospitals.
N148million were set aside for the free medical surgical mission on the treatment of NOMA, Hernia, establishment of Eye Care Centers for cataract/other eye treatments and donation to sickle cell patients.
N1.8billion is earmarked for the provision of blood Transfusion services, renovation and rehabilitation of Health Institutions.
44. Furthermore, over N1.23billion is allocated for the improvement of healthcare delivery in spite of challenges facing the sector largely due to our population size and continuous influx of people into the State from neighboring State and beyond, but Alhamdulillah, the amount is also for the completion of pediatric hospital at zoo road and completion of the Giginyu General Hospital.
45. This administration would continue to partner with the development partners to resuscitate all State owned hospitals and other health institutions through provision of all necessary counterparts fund for the implementation of malaria control programme, and other donor-supported programmes. 26
46. Therefore, government and partners intend to spend the sum of N1.8billion on these programmes.
Another N405million were set aside for the implementation of Healthcare components of the UNICEF Assisted programmes in the State.
COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM
47. Mr. Speaker, historically Kano is a center of commercial activities of Northern Nigeria for many decades. We have recorded tremendous progress and achievements in this sector due to various commitments and government initiatives. The present administration has set aside a total sum of N647million for the sector. Some of the programmes include partnership arrangement between Kano State Government and Bank of Industry in support of small and medium enterprises scheme to enhance commercial and industrial programmes in the state.
48. In the same vein, our administration continues with the effort towards the establishment of the first state independent power plant (IPP) at Tiga & Challawa dams. This project 27
would indeed assist in supplementing the power demand to enable the revival of our industries setting up of new ones with a view to complementing our industrial growth and employment generation effort.
49. This sector will continue to receive the due attention that it requires for the consolidation of the achievements recorded so far. Government proposed to spend a sum of N64.39billion under the sector for providing conducive and reliable infrastructure in the State. Out of this allocation, the sum of N7.3billion is for the Conversion of Plaza Cinema to Multi-Storey Car Park, an over pass to link Kantin Kwari market, General rehabilitation of the market and provision of new stalls and modern collapsible stalls, Minor and Major Works, Constituency Projects, Renovation of Audu Bako Secretariat, Establishment of ultra-modern integrated skills acquisition center in the State.
50. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, government intends to spend the sum of N40.9billion for the construction and 28
rehabilitation of various road and bridges across the State. In view of this the sum of N3.3billion is committed for the take-off of the construction of flyover from K/mata – singer-Murtala Muhammad way and also Badume – Kyauta – Zarya – Riga – Zaura road, Yarkanya – Kadawa – Danguguwa – Habari road – K/Waika – Gidan Zakka road and Bunkure – Tsambak – Gwamma – Barkun road – Kachako-Jirago Road – Underpass Eldorado Junction – Underpass Dangi Round About along Zaria road. Ultra-modern car park at D/Kudu, construction of ultra-modern abattoir, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads in the State, maintenance and desalting of drainages at various locations and the take-off of Ashaphalt and Quarry Plant.
51. In addition, Government has earmarked N1.79billion for the take-off of construction of underpass at Bukavu Barracks junction (Aminu Kano way – Katsina Road), Dualization of Madobi/Panshekara junction to panshekara town. Construction of Road from Rurum-kwarin Bakamdi-Rafado-Kazaurara in Rano LGA, Construction of Yar-Kanya-Kadawa-Danguguwa-Gabari-K/Waika-Gidan zakka 29
Road, Construction of Gwarzo-Tsaure-Faruruwa-Tsanyawa Road, Rehabilitation of Gani-Sitti-Masu-Gomo Road, Rehabilitation of Takai-Falali-Rimi-Magami Road, Rehabilitation of Sumaila-Garun Ali-Wudil Road, Construction of Bunkure-Tsambaki-Gwaneri-Barkum Road, Construction of Gwagwarandam-Faragai-Batayya Road, Construction of Fanda-Hamdullahi-Duje-Albasu Road, Rehabilitation of Burum-Burum-Saya-Saya-Kibiya-Rano-Bunkure-Karfi Road and Rehabilitation of Rano-Rurum-Tiga Road.
52. Furthermore, the sum of N2.5billion is set aside for the take-off of the following roads: –
a. Rimin-Gado, Gulu, Madobi Road & Bridge
b. Army Barracks, Gwarzo Road
c. Rehabilitation of Abdullahi Bayero Road
d. Rehabilitation of Farm Centre Marhaba road
e. Tsanyawa Dumbulun Roads
f. K/Harbau – Harbau Roads.
53. In addition, the sum of N11.42billion is set aside for the completion of Independent Power Plant (IPP) and power evacuation at Tiga & Challawa Gorge-dams. The amount is also for the take-off of IPP at Jakara Dam as well as continuation of new street/Traffic lights installations and rehabilitation of existing ones. Government also intends to develop an ultra-modern Kanawa Market at Dan-Gwauro.
54. In our effort to ease transportation difficulties and boost economic activities in the State, Government has resolved to partner with private investors in providing urban mass transit and concession of light rail.
55. For Housing Development, the sum of N1.85billion is provided by the Government for the construction of 2000 low cost houses. Government will also embark on renovation/development of dilapidated properties at Sabon Gari, Kano. The Kano Housing Corporation is mandated to take care of these projects. 31
56. In the same spirit, Government has directed Kano State Investment and Properties (KSIP) Limited to partner with private investors in developing 5000 prototype low cost houses across the 44 Local Government Areas. It is envisaged that the houses will be sold to low income earners in the public, private and NGO sectors. The repayment plan for the houses would be made affordable to prospective buyers.
For the safety of life and properties of the citizenry, Government has provided in the 2016 Budget for new fire stations, fire fighting vehicles and equipment.
URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
57. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, the government is fully committed to the provision of the necessary infrastructure in the State. To this end, the sum of N44.41billion is allocated for the projects and programmes of this sector. The sum of N1.69billion is allocated for the Land acquisition, survey and cadastral services and provision of physical infrastructure in some selected layouts in the 32
State. The amount is also for the procurement of equipment, signature machine and training as a counterpart funding to DFID, Regularization of planned environment, as well as Procurement of specialized survey and cadastral equipment.
58. In the same vein, the sum of N6.0billion is set aside for Street Planning and beautification of some selected streets, Maintenance and rehabilitation of roads and Construction/Rehabilitation of 45number major roads within Kano Metropolitan Area.
59. In addition, the sum of N34.66billion is allocated for the completion of the following roads: –
• Upgrading of Darmanawa – Yantsaki – Yankatako – Zaria Road,
• Dakata – Bela phase I
• Sheikh Mahmud Salga Road
• Zaria Road
• Niger Street
• Yolawa Street
• Expansion of Zaria road
• Provision of infrastructure at Kwankwasiyya, Amana and Bandirawo
• Dualization of New Court road – Gyadi Gyadi
• Provision of Toll Gate at Yansungo – Rijiyar Gwangwan road
• Reconstruction of Justice Dahiru Mustapha/Guda Abdullahi roads
• Upgrading of Air Force Base – Ashton road
• Expansion/Dualization of Independence road
• Construction of Yusuf road
• Expansion/Dualization of Sharada – Sani Abacha Youth Centre Road
• Expansion/Dualization of Kabuga – Kofar Ruwa – Katsina road
• Completion of 5km roads in some Local Governments.
Similarly, Government is committed to constructing new roads, maintaining and rehabilitating the existing ones within the metropolitan area. These roads include the following: – 34
• Dualization of Dakata – Bela – (phase II)
• Dualizations of Gandun Albasa – KERD – Gidan Buhari Road
• Rehabilitation of Kings Garden – Kwanar Tudun Wada – Tudun Murtala Road
• Rehabilitation of Tashar Rijiyar Zaki – Madobi junction Road
• Construction/Dualization of Kofar Dawanau – Dandinshe – Kwanar Madugu road
• Construction of Dan’agundi – Gidan Sarki road
• Construction of Hasiya Bayero – Dan’agundi road
• Dualization of court road – Sabon Gari
• Construction of Karkasara – Sallari – Dantsinke road
• Construction of Rijiyar Zaki to Rimin Auzinawa
• Construction of PRP – Airport road – Kabo Holdings
• Construction of Rumfar Shehu road
• Construction of Yamadawa Forestry to Kuntau road
• Construction of Badawa – Hadejia road link
• Hausa/Ibo Road to Sarkin Yaki Road
• Introduction of digital toll gate in the State
• Review of new master plan for Kano metropolitan and 37 other urban centers.
WATER SUPPLY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
60. Mr. Speaker, water supply remains an area that attracts public concern. To this end, the sum of N13.3billion is provided for the execution of various projects and programmes under the sector. Out of this, the sum of N4.6billion is allocated for the replication of G/Malam water supply scheme in other areas, upgrading of 90million litre per day water treatment at Wudil to boost water supply from Tamburawa – Eastern by pass – Hadejia road and procurement of generating set.
61. To consolidate the achievements of this sector, under irrigation activities, we intend to spend the sum N2.23billion for the construction of power station, procurement of hydrological equipment, filter/scoda housing for hydro staff/automatic water level recorder, irrigation scheme, construct small earth dams, and rehabilitation of existing 36
dams in the state as well as the rehabilitation and development of other irrigation infrastructure in the State.
62. Furthermore, in our desire to provide potable water to our rural populace, the sum of N839.9million is estimated for the construction of borehole across the state, construction of 9no. mechanized boreholes and procurement of drilling rigs. Similarly, the State is collaborating with EU/UNICEF for the drilling of 220No. boreholes in Madobi and Takai to be coordinated by
63. In the same vein, the sum of N420million is set aside for electrification of towns and villages as well as procurement of transformers and other materials for the benefit of communities in the state.
64. Mr. Speaker, Agriculture is one of the most crucial sector of
our economy as it employs large number of our people as well as provides food security to the populace. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Members, with the recent happening in the 37
global oil market, the need to develop agriculture is imperative. Government will continue to accord high priority to Agriculture in the new fiscal year. To this end, a total sum of N7.5billion is earmarked for the development of agricultural activities in the State. Out of this amount, the sum of N100million is set aside for the establishment of a Permanent Artificial Insemination Center at Dambatta.
65. N1.0 Billion is set aside for the establishment of grains strategic reserves under the proposed Commodity Board.
66. Distribution of seeds worth N100 Million to farmers for Wheat
67. The provision under this sector also covers for the construction of : –
– modern fish value chain parks,
– integrated poultry model parks
– irrigation soils testing and reclamation at Kadawa as well as Bagauda seed multiplication Farm.
68. Rt. Hon. Speaker, the sum of N762million is to be spent on Agricultural Productivity and Diversification through procurement and sales of 6,250tn of subsidized assorted fertilizer. Survey and Boundary demarcation of 500Ha Gaya mechanized farm as well as support to the selected crops value chain under Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS).
69. Hon. Members, the sum of N5.43billion is allocated for Agricultural Micro-Credit facility for small scale Agro-Business, Commercial Agriculture Development, National Food Security Programme, 3rd National Fadama Development Programme and resuscitation of KASCO to sufficiently meet farmers demand. Also, Government intends to upgrade Leventis foundation Agricultural Scheme with a view to accommodating women so as to ensure gender balance to womenfolk in the area of Agriculture.
70. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, we would continue to give this important sector the desired attention it deserves 39
through the creation of more opportunities for women development.
71. The sum of N937million is set aside for various programmes and projects of the Ministry. This includes Women Empowerment Programmes, Upgrade and Expansion of Kiru Reformatory School, reactivation of Leventis foundation Programme and Vocational Skills Centre at Goron Dutse Remand Home.
MICRO FINANCE CREDIT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
72. The present administration has re–organized the Micro finance Agency, reconstituted its Board and mandated it to ensure that Micro, Small and Medium enterprises in the State are grown up from one level to the next. This is to be done through the Micro, Small and Medium Scale Credit scheme of the state government complemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 40
73. Right now the agency is in the process of distributing N2billion loan to targeted enterprises, with special emphasis on Women who are allocated at least 60% of the amount. It is hoped that this arrangement would serve as a great stimulus to sustainable economic growth, employment generation and poverty reduction in the state in the next two years or less.
INFORMATION, SPORTS AND CULTURE
74. Mr. Speaker, as we are trying to enhance free flow of information as well as the promotion of our culture, this administration is committed towards keeping our people informed of the various happening within their immediate communities and beyond. The present Administration intends to spend the sum of N1.2billion for various programmes and projects of the following agencies:
1. Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Television N82.5million
2. Kano State Radio Corporation N393.42million
3. History and Culture N39.86million
4. Kano State Sports Council N70million
5. Re-opening of Triumph Publishing Company N100million
6. Government Printing Press N65.5million
7. Censorship Board N31million
8. Kano Pillars Football Club N130million
9. Youth Development Directorate N129.70million
75. In our desire to enhance the development of sporting activities for talent production through better coordination of all sporting activities, Government proposed the establishment of Sports Commission in the State. The law is already before this esteemed house.
76. Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, in our effort towards ensuring clean and healthy environment, Government embarked on the following: –
– reforming and improving operating capacity and efficiency of
– Institutionalization of Sanitation Vanguard (DAKARUN TSAFTA) with a view to improve public health.
– Review of Environmental Laws and Procurement of Sanitation Equipment;
– “The operation keep Kano Clean” has already been launched and is recording successes with the hope of instituting the culture of sustainable healthy and clean environment in the State.
77. To provide for integrated and sustainable environment, the sum of N2.18billion will be expended for the construction of drainages and erosion control across the state. Furthermore, ecological and Forestry programme, urban landscaping, pollution control, NEWMAP Project (A World Bank Assisted Project), Kano Afforestation Programme (KNAP), Kano State Sustainable Project and other various activities that will safeguard our environment would equally be vigorously pursued.
78. Mr. Speaker, Security of life and property has always remained a top priority of any responsible government. Therefore, mindful of the security challenges facing the state and the country at large, this administration has earmarked the sum of N1.25billion for building of new 4nos Divisional 43
High courts, 12nos Magistrate courts, general renovation of High court of Justice building, construction of more court rooms and office complex for Sharia court department and general renovation of old court room buildings.
79. Mr. Speaker, Hon. Members, permit me to call on well-meaning and patriotic people of Kano State to remain law-abiding and continue to shun any anti-social activities capable of disrupting the current peaceful atmosphere in the state.
80. Let me assure citizens of Kano State that, we will consistently pursue what is right in our collective resolve to move Kano State and its citizen’s forward. This is necessary to achieve social and economic prosperity by the present Administration.
81. On this note, Mr. Speaker and Honourable members permit me to appreciate and thank the entire citizens of Kano State for the support and co-operation we enjoy since our 44
assumption in office. I will also want to seize this opportunity to assure the good people of Kano State that this government will continue to be transparent and accountable, and will not tolerate any act of indiscipline, corruption or any embezzlement of public funds. It is along this line that, Kano State Government has adopted international public sector accounting standard (IPSAS) in the preparation of its financial statements in line with the international best practice.
82. The administration has thus, mapped out strategies for the
training and re-training of accounting and auditing staff in Government for them to be up to the task of complying with relevant international accounting and auditing standards.
IMPLEMENTATION OF 2016 BUDGET
83. Mr. Speaker and Honourable members of the House, we intend to use the limited financial resources at our disposal to achieve maximum impact, due to the current economic situation that we are facing in the country. Along this line, the Government is in the process of promulgating Public 45
Procurement Act that will ensure transparency, accountability and value for money in the running of our administration.
84. We shall continue to collaborate with State Government Audit who would be encouraged to continue to keep vigil on all government financial transactions to ensure value for money while the Ministry of Planning and Budget and Ministry of Finance would ensure strict adherence to the budget and fiscal discipline in the course of implementing the 2016 Budget for better results.
85. At this point, I wish to express our sincere appreciation to our development partners; the DFID, Dangote foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, UNICEF, EU, World Bank, CBN, and all other partners who have in one way or another contributed to the successes we recorded during the year under review.
86. Our Administration will continue to embrace reform programmes that would improve service delivery and general welfare of public servants. 46
87. Government will continue to provide necessary facilities and incentives available to all public servants to enable them carry out their statutory functions efficiently. In view of this, we have established the SERVICOM Directorate which is the backbone of service delivery by inculcating respect of law and order within the service.
88. Finally I wish to call on all and sundry to give their maximum co-operation and support to our efforts of effectively charting a new course for the future of this great State. I am of firm believe that we have the potentials in terms of human and material resources to excel in all facets of life in this country.
89. Mr. Speaker, Honourable members, before I conclude this address, let me once again acknowledge the invaluable contribution of this House, since our resumption to office in May 2015. We are all living witnesses to the level of co-operation that exists between the Executive and the Legislature arms, which is a catalyst to the achievements we have recorded, especially the 2015 Budget Amendment. 47
90. It is my hope that this spirit of unity of purpose will continue in our collective resolve to serve the people of Kano State. Honourable Members, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, while craving the indulgence of this Honourable House for accelerated consideration of the budget through speedy deliberation and passage, it is my pleasure to formally in the name of Allah the Most gracious and the most Merciful present an aggregate sum of N274,824600,378 for the year 2016 Proposed Budget for self-reliance with Capital Allocation of N191,552,889,518 and Recurrent Allocation of N83,271,710,860 before this Honourable House for your deliberation and approval.
91. May Almighty Allah bless the Government and Good People of Kano State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
I thank you all for listening.