Petrol Tankers Explode In Kano

Two petrol tankers exploded in Kano, North West Nigeria, on Monday resulting in the death of at least 4 occupants of the vehicles.

The explosion according to eyewitnesses, occurred at about 6am after two petrol tankers collided, resulting in panic on BUK Road in the ancient city.

The eyewitnesses told Channels Television that people in the environ erroneously attributed the explosion to a bomb planted by the Boko Haram insurgents  which caused a stampede. Several people sustained injuries from the stampede.

Motorists were also seen re-routing to alternative roads to avoid being caught in the presumed violence.

However, state fire service officials debunked the eyewitnesses’ claim on the casualty figure, stating that only one person died in the incident. The officials also stated that the blaze had been brought under control and the road reopened for normal activities.

Ahmed Signs N96.4b 2013 Appropriation Bill

The Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has signed the 2013 Appropriation Bill of N96.4b into law with a pledge that it will be implemented to the letter and ensure speedy service delivery.

Governor Ahmed described the quick passage of the Appropriation Bill by the State legislature and his signing in to law as major strides towards service delivery to the people of Kwara State.

He added that his administration would continue to review the implementation of the budget to determine when and if there would be the need for a supplementary budget.

Speaking about the budget which was increased from N94.4bn to N96.4billion, the Speaker, Rasak Atunwa explained that the projected budgetary figure was increased because the Legislature was confident that the current drive in Internally Generated Revenue and other sources of revenue will generate the extra amount needed to run the budget.

He recalled that the State Legislature carried out oversight functions on 2012 projects, particularly the five general hospitals being rehabilitated, construction of Patigi to Kpada road, renovation of numerous classrooms in various schools and the construction of a new main water works in Share among others and commended the state government for its aggressive infrastructural development.

He also added that the bulk of the extra expenditure was placed on capital projects with the potentials of delivering further dividends to the people of the State.