Kano governor orders compulsory drug test for council election contestants

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje ordered all authorized contestants in the upcoming local government elections scheduled for January 16 to undergo a mandatory drug test.

State Information Commissioner Muhammad Garba revealed this on Thursday while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Kano.

According to Garba, the decision was part of the government’s policies to rid Kano of illicit substance abuse.

He reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to addressing drug abuse among political leaders.

He said the government would not hesitate to issue the necessary disciplinary measures against “anyone found with traces of illicit substances, including a mandatory recommendation for rehabilitation.”

Garba also announced that the council approved the change in the bill that changes the name of the state center for acquisition of skills and entrepreneurs Nill 2019 to Dangote Skills Acquisition Center 2020.

This, he said, is to encourage other philanthropists to emulate the business mogul’s contribution to economic development and the empowerment of people.

The commissioner said the bill would be passed on to the state House of Assembly for replacement and possible approval.

He revealed that the council has also approved ratification of executive approval for maintenance works on 14 metropolitan roads selected by direct labor for the sum of 40.5 million naira.

Garba also announced that the council approved the release of N99.2 million for the completion of “some office blocks and other construction works in the state Board of Quran and Islamiyya Schools.”

The council, he said, has also approved the take-off of the newly created Directorate for Policy Strategy, Implementation and Evaluation and the release of N11.6 million for the purchase of furniture, equipment and office supplies, including N25.6 million for the provision of ICT Infrastructure.

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