By Philip Yatai
Zaria – Kaduna State Government said it has spent over N52.5 billion on 99 projects in Zaria Local Government Area in the last three years, out of which N49.4 billion was expended on water supply and sanitation.
Mr. Bashir Mohammed, Director General, Bureau for Public Service Reform, disclosed this on Wednesday in Zaria, at a Policy Townhall meeting organised by Planning and Budget Commission in collaboration with the Ministry for Local Government.
Mohammed said that N49.4 billion was expended on the construction of two water treatment plants, refuse dump site and service reservoir, as well as rehabilitation and expansion of water distribution network.
Others include: rehabilitation of drainage channels and waste management evacuation.
He also said that N700.6 million was spent on renovation of 12 health centres, establishment of sexual assault centre, procurement of hospital furniture and equipment.
He said that other projects in the health sector include construction of maternity complex, renovation of staff quarters and construction of storm water drainage.
“Similarly, N1.4 billion was equally spent on rehabilitation of 51 classrooms, burnt hostels and construction of three solar-powered boreholes.
“On infrastructure, the state government expended N937.2 million on the construction of four roads, clearing of 10,000 hectares of land for wheat farming and repair of council chamber at Emir of Zazzau Palace,”he said.
Mohammed explained that the meeting was primarily organised to present the achievements of the current administration in the last 44 months in Zaria LGA and also get feedback from the people on the way forward.
The Chairman of the LGA, Aliyu Idris, thanked the state government for organising the meeting, adding that the step would strengthen people’s confidence in Gov. Nasir El-Rufai led government.
“This is the first time a government in the state is making effort to involve the people in governance through townhall meetings and other means of citizen engagements,”he said.
The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, thanked the state government for executing people-oriented projects in the area, which he described as very encouraging.
Idris, who was represented by Alhaji Sani Sambo, a member of the emirate council, however, called for concerted effort to improve the quality of health services to meet the needs of the masses.
A women leader, Laraba Lazarus, also called on the government to pay more attention on issues affecting women and children, adding that not supporting women would slow down progress in communities.