Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:18 am
The Jigawa State Government has spent over N5 billion on provision of potable water to citizens across the state in the last two years.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru made this known while presenting his score-card to stakeholders at a town hall meeting to mark Democracy Day in Dutse on Monday.
Badaru said out of the amount, N3.5 billion was spent on capital expenditure, while N236 million was spent to convert motorised water schemes to solar-powered ones, during the period under review.
He added that government was planning to actualise the Dutse Greater Water Project, pointing out that a new design was also being developed, for the successful actualisation of the project.
The governor said that his administration has planted over five million assorted seedlings in the past two years, to controlled desertification in the state.
According to him, the 2016 desertification programme was hosted by the state, where eleven kilometres shelter belt was established in Malammadori, Babura and Garki Local Government Areas of the state in an effort to check desert encroachment.
Badaru added that forty nine temporary forest guards were recruited to guard the forest reserves in the state.
Also speaking, Dr Abba Zakar, the state’s Commissioner for Health, said the state government would build three General Hospitals in Guri, Garki and Buji Local Areas of the state in 2017.
Zakar said that medical equipment worth h N800 million were procured and and distributed to health facilities across the state in 2017.
He explained that through the ongoing screening of health personnel across the state, the ministry was able to save more than N54 million.
The commissioner added that the money saved would be used for the newly recruited 540 health workers.
According to him, the state government had also evolved effective modalities that would ensure the completion of the School of Nursing project in Hadejia.
Zakar added that the school would commence operation in October.