Ganduje approves over N647m outstanding NECO SSCE fees

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has approved about N647 million for the payment of the outstanding balance for candidates who wrote the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO).

More than 70,000 candidates who sat for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) October/November 2020 in Kano are yet to receive their results.

The National Examinations Council (NECO) in January 2021 released results of 1,209,992 candidates that wrote the examination across the country.

However, NECO has refused to release the results of more than 70,000 candidates sponsored by the Kano state government, a failure of the government to remit the registration fee of the candidates.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday on the outcome of the council meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.

He said the council also approved the release of N1, 235, 777, 282.70 billion being revised estimated cost for additional works that involves the construction of concrete roof slab at the Kano Cancer Treatment Centre (KCTC) situated at the premises of Muhammadu Buhari Specialist Hospital, Giginyu, Kano.

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He said the approval followed a recommendation by the Technical Review Committee set up to come up with a comprehensive Bill of Quantities, programmes of works and harmonized contract document.

Garba stated that other additional works include the construction of second-floor roof slab and roof trusses option; ventilated louvre fa├žade; led-lining in CT-simulator; aluminium cladding in bunkers; perimeter wall fence and entrance gate; road network/civil works/landscaping among others.

He added that the council has ratified executive approval of N171, 482, 476.12 million granted for the equipping/furnishing of the upgraded Dandalama and Kachako Cottage Hospitals in Dawakin Tofa and Takai local government areas of the state respectively.

He said while upgrading works at Dandalama Primary Health Care (PHC) has practically been completed waiting for equipping/furnishing works to facilitate its commissioning, the Kachako PHC has reached the advance stage of completion.

The commissioner also disclosed that the council ratified the executive approval granted for the relocation of street light facilities from Miltara Roundabout-Dawanau-Dawakin Tofa at the total reevaluated sum of N152, 838, 221.88 million.

He said the displacement exercise was informed by the ongoing construction of works along with the Kano-Katsina Road dualization project by the federal government.

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The commissioner announced approval by the council for the release of the sum of N22, 450, 000.00 million for the procurement of special education instructional materials.

The materials, which include, among others, Joy signing language, hearing aids single code, hearing aids double code, hearing behind the ear, braille embosser would facilitate effective teaching and learning condition at Tudun Maliki Special Education School.

He stated that approval has also been given by the council for the constitution of a visitation panel to two state-owned universities and six institutions of higher learning in the state with a view to reviewing their performance, assess equipment, manpower and facilities for teaching-learning.

Garba also stated that approval was given by the council for the release of the sum of N17, 671, 200.00 million being amount for the obsolete high table at the Africa House, banquet hall and other executive items.

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