Free education: KNSG seeks House approval on N15bn loan
By Usman Gwadabe
Kano State House of Assembly’s Standing Committees on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and that of Finance will tomorrow present a report in respect of the State Government’s request plan to secure a N15billion loan to finance Free and Compulsory Basic Education and Secondary Education Policy.
The request was contained in a letter sent to the House and signed by the State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje reading: “Honourable Speaker may wish to note that the State Government is in receipt of a communication from the State Ministry for Local Government intimating on the interest and readiness of the 44 Local Government Councils in the State to contribute the sum of N340, 909, 091 each, totaling N15billion for the Free and Compulsory Basic Education and Secondary Education Policy of the present administration.
“Mr. Speaker may also wish to note that the Local Government Councils have concluded arrangement to source loan facility from Guarantee Trust Bank mainly to key in and complement the State Government’s laudable policy thrust. It is therefore, my singular honour to forward a copy of the request for the consideration of the Honourable House,” the Governor concluded.
Shortly after reading the letter before the lawmakers at the Chamber, Speaker Abdulazeez Garba Gafasa referred it to the two committees for scrutiny and gave them two days to report back to the House.
The committee is chaired by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Kabiru Hassan Dashi.
Meanwhile the House has received a report in respect of Kano State Persons With Disability (Amendment) Bill 2019.
The report jointly submitted by House Standing Committees on Judiciary and that of Youth and Sports was presented by Hon. Lawan Shehu Bichi.
Hon. Bichi said all the work they were supposed to do on the bill was done by the committees, urging the legislators to adopt it which they unanimously endorsed.
In a related development, the House has called on the State Government to complete the construction of the road from Gani to Sitti to Massu to Gamo and ends at Dabar Baga.
Hon. Zubairu Hamza Massu who moved the motion, said it was started since the second tenure of Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, noting that the road is in bad shape and needs to be completed.
Also, the lawmakers have advocated for the construction of a road from Tudun Kaya to Make to Kwarin Ala to Kafin Awo to Unguwar Zangi to Katoge in Karaye Local Government Area.
The motion was tabled by Hon. Nasiru Abdullahi Dutsin Amare (Karaye).