Jigawa State Executive Council has approved the release of over N2.9 billion for the execution of various projects in the health and education sectors. The state commissioner for Information, Hon Bala Ibrahim, revealed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state executive council meeting. He said in line with the efforts of the government towards ensuring access to secondary healthcare services for the state’s teeming population, it approved and awarded the contract for the construction of three new General Hospitals in Guri, Garki and Buji local governments at the total cost of N1.497 billion with completion period of 12 months. The commissioner added that the government awarded contract for the construction of new school of Nursing and Midwifery in Babura local government at the cost of N591.56 million with accomplishing period of 12 months.
Hon Bala said to tackle the challenges of growing number of school enrollment and retention created by the state’s policy on education the state government approved N819.60 million for various projects in the sector. According to him the projects included the construction of additional three classrooms and six unit toilets in 26 secondary schools across the state. He also revealed that other projects include contracts for the renovation of classrooms, wall fence, and provision of power generators in about five secondary schools. The council also approved the contract for the supply of 12,243 student’ seats which include 8,243 for Islamiya primary and Arabic secondary schools and 4,000 for conventional senior secondary schools in the state. The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to execute laudable projects and programmes that would improve the social and economic life of its citizens.