The Sokoto State Government, during its weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, gave the green light for the procurement of vehicles totaling a staggering N1.1 billion earmarked for the governor’s office. This approval, part of a broader spectrum of contracts amounting to N19 billion, marks a pivotal step towards realizing the gubernatorial campaign promises.
Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Bello Danchadi, elucidated on these groundbreaking decisions during a press briefing in Sokoto. Emphasizing the administration’s commitment to fulfilling electoral pledges, he revealed that the cabinet’s endorsement extended beyond vehicle acquisition. A substantial allocation of N8.9 billion was sanctioned for the construction of 47 cluster roads at Tudun Wada and Unguwar Rogo areas in the Sokoto metropolis, aligning with the government’s vision for infrastructural development.
Further detailing the allocations, Danchadi highlighted contracts totaling N2.1 billion and N816.2 million for the construction and rehabilitation of township roads at Runjin Sambo area and Bidinga Road, respectively. The reconstruction of Lodge and Force Avenue Roads, Kalambaina, Roul-Mairuwa, and Tsohuwar Kasuwa roundabouts was also greenlit, with a budgetary allocation of approximately N800 million.
Danchadi went on to announce a substantial contract for the construction of the Gande-Silame rural road, securing a budget of N2.2 billion. This bad roads have been reported to have greatly affected commercial transactions in the State.
Adding to the transformative initiatives, the installation of solar-powered street lights on 44 roads within Sokoto metropolis is set to unfold, with a financial commitment of N1.9 billion.
In a move reflecting the government’s strategic planning, Danchadi disclosed that the cabinet unanimously overturned the revocation order placed by the previous administration on the construction of Gidan Salanke Housing Estate. This decision paves the way for the remobilization of the construction company to the site, ensuring continuity in the housing project.
Notably, this approval for diverse projects is part of an overarching financial commitment of ₦19 billion, emphasizing the comprehensive approach taken by the Sokoto State Government to address various sectors. The commissioner underscored the administration’s dedication to transparency and accountability in executing these initiatives, demonstrating a meticulous adherence to governance principles.
In summary, the Sokoto State Government’s recent decisions reflect a proactive stance towards fulfilling campaign promises, prioritizing infrastructure development, and ensuring the seamless execution of key projects for the betterment of the state and its residents. The commitment to inclusivity and continuity is evident in the strategic revival of the Gidan Salanke Housing Estate project, showcasing a forward-looking governance approach.
However Nigerians have argued that 1.1 Billion Naira marked out to be spent on the Governor’s office is way too outrageous following the current condition of the State. This is a state Where Pupils Seat on the floor to learn due unavailability of seats. The Government should invest more in Education and Human Development as Education is very low in Northern Nigeria