By Aliyu Dangida
DUTSE â€” THE Jigawa State government has proposed a World Bank contributory loan to the tune of $12.586 million for the implementation of community-based urban up-grading projects at Hadejia town, the Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed, has revealed.
Speaking shortly after the fortnightly state executive council meeting, Mohammed said the projects would be comprehensive, covering areas such as education, water supply, health services, electricity supply, commerce, market development, roads and other community facilities.
He said the projects would be World Bank loan financed and that they would be executed through a steering committee, which is chaired by the state government, with Commissioners of Education, Works and Transport, Health and other line ministries, and representative of Hadejia Emirate Council as well as that of Hadejia local government council as the members.
The commissioner explained that under the agreement, the Jigawa state government will contribute 10 per cent of the amount totaling, N816.3 million, the projects include 5.5 kilometer road network in Hadejia township, a Community Conference Hall, Youth Center and Chalets, construction of fish market stalls, power upgrading and distribution, drilling of boreholes, overhead tanks, provision of pipe line network.
He said eight states, including Jigawa, have signed the agreement for the subsidiary loan through the federal government, stated further that the loan has a lower rate of interest and that the projects have been awarded to five different companies, disclosing that they are to be completed within a period of 12 months.
The information commissioner further explained that the council has also approved the release of N1.599 billion to the state ministry of education and its subsidiaries, such as the Universal Basic Education Board and other tertiary institutions of the state.
Alhaji Aminu disclosed that the money released was for the execution of various development projects at primary, junior and senior secondary schools and other tertiary institutions of the state.
He explained that the projects consist of construction of additional classes, upgrading and provision of furniture for the studentsâ€™ hostels, staff quarters and offices in the various institutions in the state.