By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Sokoto state government has earmarked and awarded over N1.2 billion contracts for various projects to further improve the lots of its people.
The development according to the state Executive council meeting was to further fulfil its purposeful promises to the electorates and uplift their economic and social well being.
However, Dr Muhammad Jabbi Kilgori, Commissioner for Higher Education said the state government earmarked and awarded contract for the expansion of the newly established Army Command Science Secondary School at the cost of N99. 4 million.
Kilgori stated Wednesday night while briefing reporters at the end of the state Executive council meeting presided over by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
The Commissioner said the contract was an expansion to further equip the school with other adjourning facilities to meet standard.
” It will make adequate provision for Kitchen, water, hostel and power facilities”, he enumerated.
According to Kilgori” the expansion work would be completed within 8 months.
In the same vein, he disclosed that the council approved the construction of an E-Library at the State University at N158.44 million.
He explained that the essence was to fulfill part of the NUC requirement for accreditation within a completion period of 4 months.
He also said the sum of N268.76 million had been approved for additional structures at GSS Balle in Gudu local government area.
” Not until now, is the only council without a secondary school and we need to repair the hostel, errect a police post, road and housing facilities to make the school conducive and habitable for teaching and learning activities”, he explained.
Hitherto, his Lands and Housing counterpart, Alhaji Bello Gwiwa said the state government at the meeting approved the construction of 100 housing units at over N240 million for low income earners in the state service.
According to him” the construction will be carried out through direct labour at Bado Area in the state capital.
” We want to keep to the promise made to the people of the state by providing shelter which is a basic necessity of life.”
Gwiwa also disclosed that the state government had magnanimously extended its approval for the sale of its houses to all legitimate occupants/tenants as against its earlier decision to sell to only indigenes on the payroll of the state service.
” You may recall last year, approval was given only in favour of indigenes on the payroll of the state government but today it has been reversed to accommodate all legitimate and eligible occupants of such categories of house earmarked for sale”, he explained.
He added” also, the payment duration for down payment has also been extended from 3months to 6months to enable all benefit from the gesture.”
While shedding more light on the outcome of the meeting, Alhaji Sa’idu Umar, Commissioner of Finance said approval for securing licences and upgrade of selected fuel service stations at the State University, Usman Farouk secretariat,SSTA, Rural and Planning Board and the State Environmental Protection Agency for bulk purchases of PMS through the Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR) had been given at the cost of N195.5 million.
Umar said” the essence is to ease motorists of the difficulties, panic and tension associated with buying the products.
” The stations will be upgraded to meet the requirement of DPR for the purpose on direct supply basis”, he said.
Accordingly, Umar stated that approval for the relocation of the popular Illela Kara market to a new site has been passed.
” The current site is constituting health harzards to residents.
Is not a good location in view of its existing and envisaged health dangers to the living public. We are developing a new site at the cost of N28.58million.
However, Alhaji Sadik Isah Achida, Commissioner of Information told reporters that additional10 refuse evacuation trucks had been approved for purchase at N143.5 million to further expand its fleet and adequately tackle the problems of indiscriminate refuse dump sites and improve on the general environmental hygiene in the metropolis and environs.
Achida also said N280.7 million had been earmarked for the procurement of improved Faro seedlings for rice farmers for the dry season farming.
” This provision is for the 2017/2018 farming season”, he pointed out.