… Revokes area to parking space
By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State Executive Council has approved and directed the immediate marking and demolishing of all existing structures built on Kwarin Gogau stream in the metropolis.
Also marked for demolishing are drainage lines within and surrounding Kantin Kwari Market with a view to removing all obstacles that hinder smooth flow of both storm and waste water in the area.
The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council’s weekly meeting, held at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Kano.
Receiving the report of Rapid Assessment of Flooding at Kantin Kwari Market conducted by the commissioners of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Idris Wada Saleh and Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso , the council also directed that all temporary structures mounted on top of drainages within and around the market should be removed with immediate effect.
The council also resolved that desilting and evacuation of all blocked drainages within the market and its surrounding as well as removal of building materials deposited on drainage lines within the market should be effected immediately. Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje has revoked the area where the three storey building collapsed at the Beirut Road GSM Market, arguing that: “Originally this place should be a parking space only.
It is too small for shops construction.”
Amid jubilation by the marketers, during his visit to the scene of the incident, he reminded that, a very powerful Technical Committee was instituted to look into remote and immediate causes of the tragedy.
“We should know that, from onset any building should be designed and supervised by professionals. Within a period of one week only this Committee will submit its report.
And we will act on it most appropriately,” he revealed. He urged marketers to cooperate with workers who are excavating debris, adding that: “After excavating the scene properly, government will immediately start providing a befitting parking space.”
Governor Ganduje was with his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, some commissioners and some top government functionaries.