Progress Report: Gov. Ganduje’s First Year [Ministry Of Works, Housing & Transport]

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VISION:  To be the efficient in public infrastructures development and mobility provider that set standards for quality works, economic conscious and sustainable transport systems

MISSION :  To promote and coordinate  public works development and transport systems for the benefit of the people of the state and beyond that is safe and friendly.


Kano State was created in 1967; likewise the Ministry of Works (the erstwhile public works and survey department) became the sole public organ charged with the responsibility for the effective provision of necessary infrastructural facilities in the state.

 The Ministry of Works is the Construction Arm of the Government of Kano Sate.  It is entrusted with a major portion of the public works sector and capital asset formation in the State, it was established in 1968 via Gazette No.15 of April 25, 1968 Vol.2; as its mandate highlighted below:-


S/NO Name/Title of Legislation with Date  Summary of Stipulated Functions Regarding the Mandates/Powers of the MDA
1 Kano State of Nigeria Gazette No.15 of April 25, 1968. Vol. 2 Public Works, Water Resources, including Provision and Conservation of Water, State aspect of fuel supply and Transport. State aspect of Geological Services, Public Buildings, Land use and Planning, Survey of Land (excluding the profession of Surveyor) Rent of Land and Buildings; Customary land tenure and building vested in the Government; Boundary matters.
  • The Ministry was saddled with the responsibility for executing public works, which by definition, are broad category of projects financed and constructed by Government for communities. They include roads, bridges, parks, buildings, dams and other long term physical assets and facilities;


  • Overtime the need for Water and Land issues becomes enormous due to population outburst which necessitates the establishment of similar Ministries under the auspices of Water Resource and Land & Physical Planning to ensure efficient service delivery, thus, relieving the Ministry of those responsibilities.


  • Almost all existing public buildings and roads in Kano State are under the custody of Ministry of works with full statutory right of ownership;


  • Most of these structures are either constructed on direct labour basis or directly, supervised by the Ministry because of its audacity to carefully articulate, design and supervise the construction by its experienced professionals.


  • it may be worthy to note the scraping of direct labour system of construction which was proven to be most economical and provide ample job opportunities for the teeming youth of the State at the time harnessing the treasures of the human and material resources of the State.


  • In 1999 – 2003 some of the responsibilities of the Ministry were redirected to the Ministry of Land and physical planning under the supervision of then KASEPA, which was established by Edict No. 15 1990, now renamed KNUPDA. However, it is pertinent to highlight that KNUPDA is only saddled with the responsibility of construction of road network within layout in urban area (not to level of tarring/surfacing) and pothole patching within the metropolis.


  • from 2003 – 2010 the then administration approved through an Executive Council Memorandum formula authorizing KNUPDA to operate within 10 miles radius from Emir’s Palace.


  • Government at various times had instituted committees to harmonize the functions of Ministries, Parastatals and Organizations so as to ensure optimal utilization of public funds by averting the duplication of responsibilities. Such committees among others include Committee on harmonization of functions of Ministries, Parastatals & Organizations, (December) 1999.



The main functions and schedules of the Ministry, which are in tandem with its Mandate are as follows:


  1. Formulation, execution and review of policies and programmes on Public Works/infrastructure and other related matters
  2. Planning and Design of public buildings and other structures in the State;
  3. Supervision of construction and maintenance of schools and public buildings in the State. This includes Government offices, residential accommodations and other public buildings within and outside the State;
  4. Planning and Design of Roads and Bridges in the State;
  5. Supervision of Construction and Maintenance of Roads and Bridges in the State;
  6. Construction, Maintenance of Road and Bridge in rural areas (inter

& within LGAs);

  1. Alternative power supply by providing and Maintaining Generators

in Government Establishments;

  1. Planning and design traffic intersections and interchange within the

Municipality, to reduce traffic congestion;

  1. Routine maintenance of street and traffic lights and other related

Road furniture;

  1. Adequate traffic controls to avoid congestion, safer motor parks

Operations, and collaborating with the private sector operators/services providers to sanitizes the transportation sector;

  1. Routine surveillance/inspection to ensure that only safe and reliable Vehicles ply the roads;
  2. Adequate protection in cases of Fire and other emergencies;
  3. Post contract services/supervision to other organisations in respect of Civil and Engineering works;
  4. Provision and Maintenance of Generators in Government Establishments;
  5. Provision of new Street and Traffic Lights;
  6. Vehicle inspection and assessment of road worthiness;
  7. Fire Control and Prevention;
  8. Quality control and material testing in civil construction works;
  9. Link between the Federal Ministries in charge of infrastructural development and the State Government;
  10. Collaboration with the private sector in regulating/enhancing transportation activities.

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