Kano State government has donated 500 million naira to victims of the fire outbreak that occurred in early 2016 at Sabon Gari market in the state capital.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje disclosed this in a speech during the signing of an agreement between the state government and an indigenous company, Brian and Hammers Ltd., for the construction of Kanawa Economic City.
The Governor, who revealed that the money was sourced from Internally Generated Revenue, said that because of the humanitarian disposition of his administration, the government had since set up a committee under Mr Aliko Dangote to launch an appeal fund to harness money to assist the victims.
He also said the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the immediate and remote causes of the fire had since submitted its report and a White Paper has been issued.
Governor Ganduje added that a committee to ensure implementation of the recommendations has also been established and has commenced work in earnest.
He said that the state government was paying serious attention to the development of markets as a result of which structural and road project execution had commenced at Kantin Kwari market, giving assurance of commencing other markets in 2017, especially the Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market.
On the proposed Kano light rail project which is expected to gulp about $1.85 billion, Governor Ganduje described it as a creditable legacy for future generations and a worthwhile investment.
“Those saying we are obtaining a loan to finance the project hence, leaving a debt burden for our children and grandchildren are indeed economically blind, politically naïve and morally mischievous,” he stated.
The Governor explained that the government acquired the loan to bridge the infrastructure deficit in Kano State.