By Abayomi Adeshida
ABUJA â€” Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe StateÂ has approved the disbursement of over half a billion naira to the stateâ€™s local government councils action plan for transforming rural communities in the 17 area councils in the state.
According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Governorâ€™s Director of Press Affairs, Abdullahi Bego, the total sum of N569 million released, â€œare part of the governorâ€™s ongoing effort at providing the atmosphere needed by the councils to provide basic services and social amenities to their communities.
â€œThe local councils with input from various communities submitted proposals to the governor for his approval to execute the various projects under the Local Government Action Plan.
â€œThese services cut across various sectors, from education, water supply, healthcare delivery, rural electric power provision, road and culvert and drainage construction to various building and community empowerment projects.
â€œTogether, the projects are helping to transform Yobeâ€™s rural landscape, enhancing access and providing opportunity to people and strengthening their productive capacities toward improved living standards,â€ Bego said.
Furthermore, Bego added in the press release that although the total monthly salary bill and other standing payments for the 17 local governments in Yobe State stand at over N1.15 billion, â€œGovernor Gaidam, in collaboration with the local councils, is poised to ensure that basic social services are regularly delivered to people at the grassroots level.