By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Kaduna State Government says it has expended N7.46 billion on 51 capital projects in Lere Local Government Area of the state in the last three and a half years.
Commissioner of Youth, Sports and Culture, Daniel Danauta, disclosed at a Policy Town hall meeting organized by the Planning and Budget Commission in collaboration with the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Saminaka on Wednesday.
He said that the meeting was primarily organized to present achievements of the current administration in the local government area for the past 44 months, and also get feedback from the people.
According to him, N416.1 million was spent on construction of one science secondary school, rehabilitation of fifteen classrooms, construction of fifteen toilets, and sixteen solar-powered boreholes construction.
On health, Danauta said that the government had spent N203.9 million on construction of eleven number Public Health Centres.
“To improve water supply in the area, the government equally constructed hand pump boreholes, conversion of water scheme to solar energy at the cost of N71.8 million.
“A total sum of N6.7 billion was spent on construction of one bridge, construction of the Plateau State border, construction of Bauchi State border, construction of 4 ways and a 3.5km rural feeder road.
“And as part of the state’s inclusive governance policy, seven sons of the area were appointed to serve in different capacities by the current administration,” he said.
The Commissioner said that even if the people would not vote for Gov El-Rufai in the forthcoming election, he will still do the right thing as he does not think of the next election but the next generation.
The Permanent Commissioner, Kaduna Peace Commission, Hajiya Khadijat Gambo, appealed for peace particularly as elections is at the corner for meaningful development to take place in the area.
She informed that government is willing and ever ready to listen to people’s complaints and help them try to solve the issues, saying, “we must respect the opinions of others, and the choices they make.”
The Sarkin Saminaka, Alhaji Musa Ibrahim, thanked the state government for investing huge ressources to improve access to health and education services, including infrastructure development of the area.
He appealed to the government to renovate the Saminaka Township Stadium and bring it to standard, noting that this will keep the youth engaged in sporting activities to shun antisocial behavior.
He equally appealed for the relocation of the proposed Sporting Centre in Lere town as the present cite is not appropriate, and as well expand the structure to accomodate other sporting activities.
Earlier, Chairman of the LGA, Abubakar Buba, said he was delighted that after many years of maladministration, the state is now witnessing a rebirth as globally acclaimed governance reforms are being institutionalized by the Mallam Nasir El-Rufai led administration.
According to him, governance loses it meaning when mandate-givers do not participate in decisions that affect them, and their duty-bearers are not accountable on how such decision are undertaken.
Buba thanked the government for giving Lere LG the needed attention, particularly in the areas of infrastructure, education, health and other economic empowerment ventures.
Also, Chairman of Lere Youth Council, Ibrahim Maiwada, who described Gov El-Rufai as amaible and accessible, said he has executed lots of projects in the area particularly in the health and education sectors.