Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has commenced a N900 million project aimed at naming streets and providing identity cards for residents in eight local government areas in Kano metropolis.
Kwankwaso, in a statement presented by his spokesman Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, said, "The exercise will ease identification, enhance security and provide government with reliable demographic data for development planning. It is our hope that on completion of this exercise, the city of Kano will also be captured on the Global Positioning System navigation system, such that even if you have never been to Kano, one can comfortably locate where he/she is going with a lot of comfort and ease."
In accordance with the goals of the project, "bad and uncomplimentary" names will be removed because all the titles must be justified.
"House plate numbers would be produced locally so as to empower local industries and ensure the sustenance of the jobs of those already employed," the Governor said, warning should anyone to fail to obtain an identity card at the initial stage of the exercise, he would have to pay for it later.
Minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ama Pepple, speaking through the Director of Lands in the ministry, Mrs. Margaret Okolo-Ebube, described the house numbering project as "a welcome development that will improve housing quality as well as harmonize the digital system of governance and registration of houses."