The Sokoto state government has approved the sum of N240 million for the construction of 100 houses for low income earners.
This was disclosed by the Commissioner, Land and Housing, Alhaji Bello Gwiwa while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting presided over by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Thursday.
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Gwiwa explained that the contract sum was low because the houses would be constructed through a direct labour by the ministry.
He also revealed that the state government had in response to the calls by prominent Nigerians resolved to include non-indigenes among the beneficiaries of government quarters that were being sold out in the state.
He further announced that the three months’ period for the initial payment of 20 percent for the houses was increased to six months to enable the desired occupants pay at ease.
However, in its effort to checkmate the excesses of fuel marketers in the state, the council had approved the sum of N125.8 million for the upgrading of six fuel dumps (mini fuel stations) owned by the state government and the acquisition of Bulk Purchase Licence from NNPC.
Gwiwa said this would make the commodity available at the government approved price in the state.
Similarly, the state government has approved the sum of N268.8 million for the construction of police outpost, roads and the coppers’ lodge at the newly constructed Government Secondary School, Balle in Gudu local government area and N99.9 million for the expansion of Command Girls Science Secondary School, Sokoto.
The Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Muhammad Jabbi Kilgori who stated this added that the sum of N158.4 million was also approved for the construction and automation of e-library at the state University as part of requirements for accreditation by the National University Commission.
The council approves another N143.5 million for the purchase of 10 refuse evacuation trucks and N281.7 million for the procurement of FARO 44 rice seed for dry and wet season farming.