PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS IN KANOPost Comment PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN BY VOLUNTARY ORGANIZATIONS IN KANO Nigeria
Class and Type of Project Number of Projects Percentage of Total
Infrastructure (water and road) ,20 Construction of open wells 4 Sinking of boreholes , Lavina of pipes and expansion of pipe borne water supply .Earthdam construction Road repairs and maintenance ReligionRelated Construction of daily prayer Mosques Construction of Central (Friday) Mosques Rehabilitation and Refurbishment of Mosques lslamiyya Schools .
''Kofar Naisa''- A kano City State
Environmental Protection Drainage construction and clearance Construction of culverts Sanitation (clean up) exercise Production oriented Acquisition of farmland for cooperative farming Fishfarm Bulk purchase of farm inputs and commodities Education, Communication and Health Adult literacy classes/reading rooms.
Renovation of primary schools Enlightenment Campaign/protest action Dispensary/health post Distributive and Service Sectors Market fields and stalls Establishment of Community Bank Opening of Bank Accounts Others Graveyard expansion and rehabilitation Graveyard maintenance Formation of cooperative society Construction of PVOs office complex Construction of Community Hall TOTAL enhancement of living standards.
Programmes pursued have included artisanal fisheries, women and development, mass literacy, small and medium enterprises, urban informal sector support, environ mental and natural resources and aid management. About fortyfour towns/villages have been con nected to the NEPA national grid and another near ly 100 supplied electricity by the Rural Electrification Board.
The combined efforts of the State and Federal Governments, the Petroleum Trust Fund (recently proscribed) and the World Bank have brought great improvement on the states of the urban and rural roads. Served by the State Water Board and the Kano State Agriculture and Rural Development Authority (KNARD), 737 communities enjoy water supply schemes .
But the urban water supply has not been able to keep pace with the growing population and urban sprawl. Technological innovations in agriculture are promoted by KNARDA and Kano Agricultural Supplies Company (KASCO) through extension and tractor hiring services, programmes of oxplough, petrol pumps, seeds, fertiliser, finger lings, fruit trees et cetera. Social welfare programmes include provision of child welfare services, miscellaneous lost but found hostel, medical social welfare, family coun selling, reformation and probation services and old people's home.
Aerial view of Modern kano City with the Aminu Kano International Airport in the background.
The Rehabilitation Board manages three (two female and a male) centres, Dorayi Rehabilitation Centre, Dawanau Drug & Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre, and the Mariri Vocational Centre jointly owned by the Federal and Kano State governments. Other institutions are the Torrey Home for handicapped children and Home for abandoned children and children whose parents are in custody, remand, or under medical care.
The large quantities of cloth and other products of craft and cottage industries in the markets of Kano City and of the urban manufactured products in rural markets are a clear expression of the symbiotic relationship between town and country. The existing relationship should be explored and devel oped for overall development of the state. One way is via industrial contracting between manufacturing could be transformed into smallscale industries in the rural areas.
Problem of Urban Primacy: Kano metropolis it. presents one classic example of the problem of urban primacy in Nigeria, housing almost a quarter of the state's population. It contains over 98 percent of the medium to largescale modern manufacturing industries.
Tertiary educational institutions, banking and other financial institutions, hospitals and modern business and commercial ventures are in all cases more than eighty percent Cle concentrated in Kano metropolis. In terms of com ire munication, the only GPO, three out of four 37 NIPOST head offices, fortythree percent of post offices, all ten postal agencies and seventyfive percent of telephone lines in the state are in Kano on metropolis.
The other old centres of population in in the state have not grown appreciably. The declaration of all LGA headquarters as urban centres may, gh however, help to spread facilities and infrastructures to these smaller ancient towns including Gwarzo, Rano, Bichi, Wudil and Kura.
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