Kaduna Cabinet approves KADGIS bill, to make Kaduna masterplan legal document, says free education to save Kaduna parents N3.7b yearly

By Samaila Aruwan,
Kaduna Cabinet approves KADGIS bill, to make Kaduna masterplan legal document, says free education to save Kaduna parents N3.7b yearly
The Kaduna State Executive Council at its fifth meeting on Monday, 14 September 2015, approved a draft bill for the establishment of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service (KADGIS). When passed into law, this will create an electronic land registry for the state, and facilitate the electronic registration of land documents. The government, while noting the resumption of schools this week, also reiterated that its elimination of school fees and sundry levies in basic education will save Kaduna State parents N3.7 billion per year.
In a memo to the Council, the governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that KADGIS will  will create a one-stop shop for all land matters. This is intended to make life easier for citizens in securing titles for their land holdings, and to use such titles as valid collateral. The simpler processes and modern products KADGIS will provide will also encourage investors and create clarity about who owns what, speed up land transactions and contribute to the government’s quest to make Kaduna State a more favourable place to do business. The governor added that a proper electronic land registry will also enhance revenue generation for the state.
Consequent upon the reduction of ministries from 19 to 13, and the Executive Order signed by the governor to back it, Council discussed and approved a report on how the personnel of the restructured ministries will be assigned.
Another major decision of the Council is to make the masterplan of Kaduna a legal document. It has therefore directed that the Kaduna Masterplan 2010 be updated to take account of new developments, after which the document will be forwarded to the House of Assembly for appropriate legislation. Representatives of Max Lock, the firm that designed the 1967 and 2010 masterplans, were present as Council approved the steps to legislate on the masterplan.
The Council also decided to invite private investment in the building of new grain silos in the state.  It was noted that when the state-owned silos become operational, they will at best provide 25,000 metric tons of storage. This is considered inadequate and it was decided to raise the storage capacity to 100,000 metric tons through investments in new silo. The goal is to ensure that farmers can earn sustained income throughout the year, rather than be compelled to sell their harvest all at once.
Regarding the 1400 projects the government inherited across the state, Council took a presentation on prioritising the projects with the highest impact that are affordable within the limited resources of the state.
Addressing the press after the Council meeting, Malam Nasir El-Rufai disclosed that the State Executive Council conducted a retreat over the weekend. This enabled the commissioners outline priorities and advance work on the Zero-Based Budgeting framework that will inform the 2016 budget. The governor said that the programme to implement school repairs, provide furniture and school uniforms, and  school meals is ongoing and will be completed in a few months.
Samuel Aruwan
Special Assistant, Media and Publicity
14 September 2015