COVID-19 Fallout: Kano Reviews, Downsizes 2020 Budget By 30 Percent

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  • …takes eye dental clinics to 4 new Emirates

As a fallout of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Kano state government under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is perfecting plan and process of reviewing the 2020 budget with 30 percent cut, to face the challenges poses by the pandemic.

This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Monday and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje, Malam Abba Anwar.

The fiscal document, according to the governor, after ensuring workable cuts, would be taken to the Kano State Assembly for further legislation and passage.

He made the revelation during a media parley which took place at Africa House, Government House, Kano, Monday, assuring that, with the new budget size, the state would do everything possible to see that, the security of the state, health and education, among other critical sectors, were not compromised.

“We are reviewing our budget with 30 percent cut, just to match with the challenge poses by this COVID-19 pandemic. As is the case world over. The reviewed document will soon be taken to the State House of Assembly,” he explains.

Disclosing that, ongoing projects would be looked at, with the intention of assessing how they can match with the possible cut in the fiscal document size, ensuring that, “The service to humanity is still and will continue to be our priority.”

All the processes of reviewing the document, governor Ganduje said, “Are open and transparent. We are enjoying more prudence in the process. So that we continue to have a prudence-laden and transparency-compliant fiscal document. Just as when we started, ab initio.”

To also include other critical health areas modern health facilities are taken to the headquarters of the new Emirates, that are under construction.

He disclosed that “Eye and Dental Clinics are also provided in each of the 4 upgraded health facilities in our newly created Emirates of Bichi, Rano, Gaya and Karaye.”

The facilities to be installed, in those Clinics and others, are modern equipments, “…that would be used to provide befitting healthcare delivery system,” he assured.

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