By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State Government says in the last three and half years has spent N3.5 billion on 37 projects in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.
This is contained in the scorecard for projects at various stage of execution in the Council presented at a Policy Townhall Meeting on Monday in Giwa.
The meeting was organised by the Planning and Budget Commission in collaboration with Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to share achievements, challenges and get inputs from the people moving forward.
Chief of Staff to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Bashir Sa’idu, explained at the event that out of the figure, N2.9 billion was spent on construction of five roads in the LGA.
Sa’idu, who was represented by Malam Musa Kale, Special Assistant to El-Rufai on Special Duties, said that N377 million was expended on education projects which include construction of one school and rehabilitation of 18 others.
He said that 22 toilets and 30 solar powered boreholes were also constructed as well as construction of fencing and drainage system.
He added that 172 million was expended on repairs of a general hospital, renovation of eight public health centres and construction of four-bed health centre.
“The Key priority area of the current administration were on economic development, social welfare, security and justice, and governance with a view to improve the quality of life of the people,” he said.
Also speaking, the Rector of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, Dr. Kabir Abdullahi, said that the State Government has made huge investment in the education sector to increase access to quality education in the state.
Dr. Abdullahi, who was represented by the polytechnic Secretary, Information and Protocol, Malam Abdullahi, described education as the greatest empowerment to the people of the state.
The Council Secretary, Malam Usman Isma’il, also said that the council has executed 73 projects, six months in office, which include renovation of 12 classrooms and construction of seven new ones.
“Others are construction of 18 ring culverts, 13 half bridge, four drainages, renovation of one slaughter house and 18 electrification works.
“This was made possible because of the local government autonomy which the state government has promoted,” he said.
Speaker of the legislative arm of the council, Mustapha Sambo, said “Our people have benefited immensely from the current administration, particularly electricity and water supply, youths and women empowerment among others.
“We, therefore, pledge our full support to Nasir El-Rufai led-administration in taking us to the next level.”
Similarly, the District Head of Giwa, Alhaji Abdulkarim Aminu, said they are witness to all the good things that the current administration has done in Giwa LGA in the past three years.
The royal father thanked the State Government and called for more intervention in the area, particularly economic empowerment.