Kano state government has freed 500 inmates, who could not afford to pay various fines or compensation, from 10 prisons in the state.
Addressing the freed inmates at Kano Central Prison, Kurmawa, in Kano city, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje [above] explained that the gesture is in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, which is an exercise in self-restraint, intended to bring Muslims closer to Almighty Allah.
“Congestion in prisons is one of our major challenges in Nigeria.
“This often leads to outbreak of communicable disease while some inmates with minor crimes become hardened criminals as a result of interaction with superior criminals”, the governor lamented.
He, therefore, explained that the decision by the government to pay the fines and compensations, to free the inmates with minor crimes and who cannot pay as charged by courts, is part of effort to decongest the prisons, whose facilities are mostly obsolete and overstretched.
He promised that the freed inmates would undergo entrepreneurship training and be given grants to start economic ventures, so that they can fully integrate into the mainstream of the society.
Haring the freed persons to repent and change their ways for a better future, Governor Ganduje also urged them to pay more attention to moral uprightness and the good of their families and humanity in general.
Meanwhile, the state government has donated N3000 to each of the 500 inmates for transportation to their various towns and villages.
KANO STATE GOVT APPROVES N324 MILLION FOR WATER TREATMENT CHEMICALS
In another development, the state government has approved the sum of N324 million for procurement of Aluminum Sulphate for its water treatment plants.
This was disclosed by the state Commissioner of Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 52nd weekly meeting of the State Executive Council held at the Government House in Kano.
He said the decision is part of resolve to continuously provide clean water to the populace for domestic and other uses adding that the government also approved for release of N5, 350, 000, to the Ministry of Water Resources, for production of detail design for the proposed Guzu-Guzu Irrigation scheme.
The Commissioner also explained that the sum of $550, 165 for payment of outstanding tuition fees, accommodation, book allowance Igama (resident permit) and medical Insurance for 73 Kano sponsor students in four universities in Sudan.
“With this development, 100 percent payment for first and second year 2015 – 2016 has been made”, Alhaji Muhammad Garba pointed out.
Also approved by the council according to the Commissioner, are N9, 715, 000 for 2nd batch of 29 Kano students admitted into the Nigeria Law School, N4. 6 million to facilitate conduct of Nigerian Defense Academy Entrance Examination and admission as well as N4, 825, 300 for conduct of 2016 Quiz and Essay Writing Competitions for Secondary schools across the state.
Alhaji Muhammad Garba added that the council also approved N4, 840, 000 for the supply of firefighting equipment to 44 boarding secondary schools in the state while the sum of N17, 894 505 was set aside for sustaining the Improving Malaria Treatment Outcome project in the state.