Abba Dukawa, Kano
Kano state Executive Council approves for the establishment of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Testing Centres (CBTCs) in the five Emirates Councils as zonal offices and 44 local government areas in the state.
The commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba states this while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s weekly meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano.
He says the need for the increase in the number of CBTCs, is informed by the increasing demand and also to prevent a situation where candidates have to be sent to neighboring states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina etc. to seat for JAMB Exams.
Malam Garba also reveals that during its sitting, the council approved the establishment of the State Council on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast track the spread of ICT skills to the grassroots.
The council, he says, would be co-chaired by the commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation and that of local government, while the commissioners for Information, education, higher education as well as all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state will serve as members.
The commissioner states that the council receives a proposal from a private developer to use the old Triumph Publishing Company complex to create a specialized Forex Market (Kasuwar ‘yan chanji), the first of its kind in Nigeria and another one from Fari Properties Ltd. seeking to transform the abandoned Daula Hotel in the state capital into a residential estate.
The commissioner indicates that the council also received proposal for the construction of a multi-purpose ultra-modern shopping complex at the premises of Daula Hotel in the metropolitan area.
Malam Garba recalls that a similar proposal was received last week from Mudatex for the construction of a shopping mall at Daula hotel.