N2.4bn cancer treatment centre approval, Ganduje hailed
By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
Kano Media Advocacy Group, a cluster of concerned journalists in Kano dedicated to advocacy for accountability and good governance in service delivery, promoting social change as well as recognizing best practices in governance, has hailed the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for approving a contract for the establishment of a N2.4 billion cancer treatment center at Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital in the state.
The group made the commendation in a statement signed on its behalf by Bilkisu Ado Zango and issued to The Triumph in Kano.
The statement quoted the group as noting that the Ganduje administration was planning to integrate private sector participation as well as free medical services for the vulnerable in the state contributory healthcare scheme.
It said the importance of the center could not be overemphasized as it will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of many citizens of the state and the nation by extension living with various types of cancers.
The group noted that currently, there are very limited facilities offering treatment for cancer in the country at very exorbitant cost, calling on the Ganduje administration to also consider reviewing the state contributory healthcare scheme law for more effectiveness.
The group similarly used the opportunity to remind Governor Ganduje of the promises he made during his inaugural speech on the occasion of his swearing-in ceremony for second term especially in areas of education, water supply, agriculture, war against drugs and security, in addition to the health issues above.
On education, the group noted that the governor promised free and compulsory primary and secondary as well as subsidized tertiary education for all the citizens of the state, adding that he also pledged free education for people living with disabilities from primary to tertiary levels, calling on the administration to come up with implementation policy guidelines for the actualization of these initiatives, including ensuring the implementation of the state education trust fund – KETFund – law.
It also called for the implementation of the provision of disability law through the establishment of a commission which will oversee the successful implementation of the governor’s free education for the disabled.
On water supply, it noted that the governor said the state water board would be commercialized and renamed as the state water corporation following the passage of the Water and Sanitation Law in the state, adding that the governor also said a new company, Kano State Small Town Water Supply Agency would be established.
The group here advocated for the effective implementation of the new water and sanitation law, including ensuring better service delivery under the proposed water corporation.
On agriculture, the group also noted: “Governor Ganduje said his government had paid a counterpart funding of N700 million for a five-year statewide World Bank-assisted Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Support Project (APPEALS), adding that $500 million would also be committed for another five-year Islamic Development Bank-assisted project focused on sustainable development of selected livestock and crop value-chains.
“He also announced the sum of N1.89 billion for the execution of a four-year plan to boost cotton production in 32 selected local government areas of the state.”
It urged the administration to ensure transparency and accountability in the management of these funds, commending the governor for concluding plan to establish drug abuse, research and treatment agency, calling on the Ganduje administration to ensure speedy forwarding of the executive bill to the state Assembly for passage thereby ensuring speedy and effective implementation of the law, if passed.
As Governor Ganduje said in the inaugural speech that his administration was establishing a security control center as well as working to establish a community policing structure and programme for youths rehabilitation aimed at eradicating social vices among them such as daba, jagaliya and zaman majalisa, the group commended the governor for the idea.
It urged the administration to ensure speedy implementation of the policy as well as effective surveillance of the entire state by the security agencies.