By Auwalu Birnin Kudu
Mashi (Katsina state) – Chairman of Mashi Local Government in Katsina State, says the council has constructed a new clinic and rehabilitated three others in the last three months to enhance healthcare services in rural areas.
The chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Doguru, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Mashi on Tuesday that the new clinic was located in Guma village while those rehabilitated were in Gyarta, Yar riga and Tagura villages.
“All the clinics and others in the local government area have been equipped and provided with relevant drugs”, Doguru said.
The chairman added that the council had constructed a three kilometre stretch of drainage in Mashi and Doguru to ensure free passage of water and prevent flooding.
He also said that the Mashi slaughter slab had been expanded to accommodate up to 250 animals and ensure hygienic meat for human consumption.
According to him, three indigent patients with severe health conditions were assisted with N50,000 each to support their treatment in hospitals.
On education, Doguru disclosed that the local council had disbursed N355,000 to 37 indigent students of tertiary institutions as scholarship grant, while N200,000 was released to local Islamic preachers as logistics to propagate the importance of peaceful coexistence.
Doguru said his administration had recruited 137 local vigilantes in 13 communities and placed them on a monthly allowance of N3,000 each to promote security.
“We have renovated the 50 kilometre power line linking Mashi and Majigiri as well as Randa to Doguru to ensure stable power supply.”
According to the chairman, the various interventions are as a result of prompt release of the council’s funds by the Katsina state government.
“We will continue to make judicious use of the resources at our disposal to develop the local government area,” Doguru assured.