Kano State government has given approval for the establishment of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Computer Based Testing Centres (CBTCs) in the five Emirates Councils as zonal offices and 44 local government areas in the state.
Commissioner for Information, Muhammadu Garba told newsmen at the end of the weekly State Executive Council meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano that the development was sequel to the need to accommodate the high number of students in the state.
He said the need for the increase in the number of CBTCs was to prevent a situation where candidates have to be sent to neighboring states of Bauchi, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina etc. to seat for JAMB Exams.
The commissioner further revealed that during its sitting, the council approved the establishment of the State Council on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to fast track the spread of ICT skills to the grassroots.
The council, he said, would be co-chaired by the commissioner of Science, Technology and Innovation and that of local government, while the commissioners for Information, education, higher education as well as all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state will serve as members.
Garba also disclosed that the council receiveed a proposal from a private developer to use the old Triumph Publishing Company complex to create a specialized Forex Market (Kasuwar ‘yan chanji), the first of its kind in Nigeria and another one from Fari Properties Ltd. seeking to transform the abandoned Daula Hotel in the state capital into a residential
The Executive Council, according to him also received a proposal for the construction of a multi-purpose ultra-modern shopping complex at the premises of Daula Hotel in the metropolitan area.
He said a similar proposal was received last week from Mudatex for the construction of a shopping mall at Daula Hotel.