By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
GOVERNOR Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Wednesday lashed back at critics, saying that his electioneering campaign promises to the people of Sokoto state were not mere political gimmicks.
Similarly, the governor said nothing will deter him from realising his dream for the state.
” We are matching our words with actions by practically responding to the yearnings and aspirations of Sokoto people.”
According to him ” we are doing so through a number of infrastructural projects in the city and outside the metropolis. For example: the state University Teaching hospital, Girls Science Academy, premier hospitals across the senatorial zones, sports arena and dualisation of major township roads”, he enumerated.
Tambuwal spoke at the formal flag-off ceremony for the over N1 billion Sokoto state counterpart funded Mabera Area storm water management works executed in partnership with World Bank.
According to Tambuwal who explained that his administration was focused with a vision for Sokoto state to become a city model, added that ” we are set to fulfill our mission by extending democratic gains to the people of the state.”
The governor noted that the devastation experienced in Mabera Area especially during rainy season was one inherited from past governments left unaddressed.
He reassured his commitment to piloting the execution of more infrastructural projects across the state.
In the same vein, Tambuwal who expressed appreciation with the quality work by COVERG-UDOC and COVERG Limited , advised residents already paid compensation to vacate the sites with immediate effect to enable the contractor complete the job.
While expressing concerns over residents ugly experiences and pains of past years due to the flooding devastation in Mabera Area, the governor said his government has paid compensation to them as he remarked that those yet to be compensated must be paid immediately.
Tambuwal further urged the state Urban and Regional Planning organ and Ministry for Environment to effectively outline and strategies plans to effectively monitor , control and protect the environment with adequate supervision for the benefit of people in the state.
Also, the state Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Sagir Attahiru Bafarawa noted that the project was part of the routine engagenments of he world bank while disclosing that the Mabera Area water management work is one of the 10 major sites that went through rigorous scrutiny and cleared by the world bank.
” It went through series of professional and technical scrutiny.”
Bafarawa said if completed, will drain the run-off, prevent land degradation , erosion as well the spread of communicable diseases in the area.