From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Determined to ensure security of lives and property, Kano state Executive Council has given approval for the maiden Summit for community Policing, designed to discuss ways of complementing the efforts of security agents for a more secured, peaceful and crime-free Kano.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the Weekly Executive Council Meeting, the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba hinted that the Council has given authorization for the convocation of a Summit on Community Policing to further consolidate on the giant strides taken by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration to protect lives and property of citizens which earns the state the status of the most peaceful state in the federation.
Garba also said the Council approved the constitution of a Technical Committee to look into the issue of professional misconduct and abuse of privilege by media organisations in the state.
“The committee, which will be chaired by the commissioner for Information, is to among other things, organize a stakeholders’ meeting comprising the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Film Censorship Board, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Information, proprietors of radio stations, security agencies, party chairmen, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), among others, to discuss the problem and proffer solutions,” he added.
According to him, “Kano state Executive Council has approved the release of the sum of N78, 701, 027.62 million as contribution of the state government for the implementation of the year 2019 Health Work Plan, just as it sanctioned a Community Policing Summit for the state.
“The programme, which is a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations to improve child health outcomes, is also intended to develop healthcare delivery services in the state.”
Garba further stated that the multilateral MoU is being carried out by the state Ministry of Health, Hospitals Management Board, Drug and Medical Consumable Supply Agency and the state Primary Health Care Management Board.
He said the council has also given approval for the release of the sum of N58, 544, 000.00 million as counterpart funds on the activities of Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin Trust Fund.
The Commissioner hinted that a sweeping reform is underway at the State Pilgrims Welfare Board following and executive approval for the amendment of the edict establishing the board to streamline its activities.
Garba, who announced that a bill would be sent to the state House of Assembly to that effect, said the development followed the granting of license to the board by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to carry out Umrah (Lesser Hajj) services along with Hajj operations.
The amendment, he added, was also informed by the recent establishment of the propagation, education and enlightenment department, couple with the need to create that for legal services to ensure smooth operation of the board.
He also revealed that the Council approved the sum of N71, 100, 000.00 for the procurement of vehicles to conduct operations at Ruga Settlements and Grazing Reserves in the state.