The Gombe State Government has approves millions of naira for the execution of various projects in the state. By Ben Ngwakwe,Gombe.

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya is not a noise making politician but a silent operator who believes in change mantra of his administration to change the negative narratives of governance in the state.
This is evident in the policies and programes that has touched The people in a position ways hence the state is regarded as a mini- London in the Northeast region of the country.

Today Wednesday 18th November,2020 after the State Executive Council Meeting , the joint Press briefing of the Commissioners noted that the Governor has spent over six billion naira in road construction both in the rural and urban areas to open up the hitherto commamercial inflow and increased business activities in the state.
The Governor whose leadership style has systematically helped in reducing the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s associated challenges, has approved the payment of outstanding scholarship for students to enhance academic activities.
In addition, the Governor has also approved funds for improved Access to Water Supply in four LGAs and to reduce the hardship people faced due to lack of portable water supply in the state.
He also approved the payment for WAEC, NBAIS, NABTEB Fees respectively.

The approval contained the sum of one hundred and twelve million for the payment of outstanding scholarship for students of Gombe State origin for 2016, 2017 and 2018 academic sessions and also approved the sum of 204 million for the payment of WAEC, NBAIS and NABTEB examination fees for over thirteen thousand final year students of the State.
The joint Press briefing has the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Hon. Ibrahim Alhassan Kwami, Commissioner of Works, Engineer Abubakar Bappah, Commissioner of Education; Dr. Habu Dahiru; Water Resources Commissioner; Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya and Housing and Urban Development; Alhaji Dishi Kupto explained that the issues discussed at the Council were geared towards uplifting the socio-economic and educational standards of the people of the State.

The information commissioner who was the moderator further explained that ” you may recall that the last administration paid only 50 percent of the scholarship for students in 2016/2017, 2017/18 sessions so council now approved the payment of the balance of the 50 percent, and going forward we will continue to pay our students their scholarship entitlements”.

Information Commissioner added that the Council also approved the upgrading of five public schools to model institutions with one in each of the three senatorial districts and two in the state capital owing to its cosmopolitan nature. This, he said is in line with Governor Inuwa Yahaya’s desire to reposition the education sector for optimal performance through the state of emergency declared in that sector, training and retraining of teachers, recruitment of additional teachers and other measures taken in that regard were made to improve education sector in the state..

Accordingly,, “five senior secondary schools, one each in Dukku, Kaltungo, Dadin Kowa, and two in Gombe) have been approved by Gombe State Government to be upgraded to “Special (Model) Schools”, Commissioner of education, Dr. Habu Dahiru explained.
The agricultural sector which is the mainstay of the economy was not left out.
He further said the State Executive Council in its meeting approved the leasing of the Gombe fertilizer blending plant to Tag Agro factory for 7 million naira per annum for the period of 10 years, disclosing that the State Government has already received 50 percent upfront payment which translates into 35 million Naira, adding that the decision to lease the State fertilizer blending plant was to inject efficiency and promote accountability in the production and timely distribution of fertiliser to farmers across the State.

He said the State Executive Council also approved the sum of two hundred and fifty million naira as counterpart fund for the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) which is a national
collaboration for the improvement of access to water supply and sanitation in Nigeria, through a
structured multi-sector partnership.

The Commissioner of Water Resources, Alhaji Mijinyawa Yahaya said the PEWASH project is designed to build on previous efforts and complement
existing water supply and sanitation strategies by instituting a coordination and prioritization
framework.

He said it involves the resuscitation of boreholes and construction of new ones in Dukku, Kwami, Furnakaye and Balanga Local Government Areas of the State as first of the State wide project while the abandoned Ultra modern mega motor park, the Commissioner of information said Council has approved the upward review of the initial contract sum from 6.028 billion Naira to 7.6 billion Naira.

The Commissioner of Works, Engr Abubakar Bappah said the project was initially awarded to a construction firm that lacked the requisite expertise in similar work, adding that considering the enormity of the civil Engineering work at the project site, Council now awarded the contract to Triacta construction company which has vast experience in the field of engineering design and execution.

Accordingly, “Initially at the packaging stage of the contract bulk of the work was civil engineering but unfortunately when the contract was being awarded, it was given to an unknown civil engineering construction firm and as a result, the firm failed to itemise the civil engineering aspect of the job”.

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