By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
IN its build up to sustain and ensure smooth link between the urban and rural areas as well boost commercial and general economic activities , Sokoto state government has earmarked over N196 million for the construction and tarring of 5km bye-pass road across communities in Wurno local government of the state.
The roads are: Achida-Tungar Malam-Lambar Kwali respectively.
Similarly, it approved virement of the sum of N155 million from one aspect to the other at the Ministry of Religious Affairs to provide motorcycles to the ulamah for the propagation of Islamic activities in the state.
Alhaji Isah Bajini Galdanci, Commissioner for Information disclosed to newsmen at a briefing in Sokoto shortly after the state Exco meeting held on Wednesday.
Bajini also said a Committee for the implementation of upgrading of the
Shehu Shagari College of Education to a university of education has been approved to be set up.
This , he said followed deliberations by the council on the recommendations of the main Committee’s report.
” The previous committee had recommended among other things the maintenance of the existing campus, establishment of a College of Education within the planned university because of the importance attached to the National Certificate for Education (NCE) program.
” It also recommended that the take-off session of the proposed varsity shall be 2021/2022 and that an Entrepreneurship centre should be established upon take-off”, he explained.
Hitherto, the commissioner said the Committee proposed a draft bill for the establishment of the new university, which it recommended should be sent to the state Ministry of Justice for consideration among other necessary aspects including not to jettison the current NCE programme being ran by the college for the smooth take off of the proposed university.
In the same vein, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Ali Inname who while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state said from April last year to date, the state recorded 775 confirmed cases with 63 deaths while 15042 cases were tested.
Inname further explained that in the last two months, no case of COVID-19 recorded.
He said about 26,000 people were vaccinated with nil side effect, while 34,000 people were targeted for the exercise.
He disclosed that by 24 May, 2021, another round of the vaccine will be administered, stating that already the collection and testing required for this purpose had commenced to ensure that the nil case record was maintained.