By Femi Mustapha
The Kaduna State Government says it has spent N889.3 million for contracts awarded between 2015 and 2017 in Jaba Local Government Area (LGA).
The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hafsat Baba made the disclosure during a Kaduna State Policy Town Hall Meeting organised by the planning and Budget Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Supported by Kaduna Government Councils and State Legislature.
Baba said the government spent N254.9 million in Education with the inclusion of past commissioner, the late Prof. Johnathan Nok.
She said the education consisted of construction of a block of examination halls, eight classroom rehabilitated, six toilets and eight solar powered boreholes.
According to her, in the health sector, N286.8 million was invested in the renovation of general hospitals, 10 public health centers, construction of staff quarters, construction of toilets and solar powered boreholes, supply of medical equipment, furniture, purchased of ambulance and fencing or primary health centers.
The commissioner also said N7 million has been spent for water and sanitation, adding that VIP toilets were constructed in various location.
She added that N340.5 million was spent for infrastructure that is, construction of township roads and a N30 million bridge.
She said that much attention had been given, especially to women in the construction of rehabilitation center aimed to empower women in skills acquisition centers.
“Jaba Local Government Council had been captured to host one of such centers in Zone 3 in addition to financial support scheme of N2 million for women engaged in SMEs,” she said.
She said the present Sole Administrator of the local government had built 20 boreholes in the area in addition to renovations of primary health centers, Council Secretariat, primary schools, purchase of medical equipment to boost, especially maternal care and awarded contract for drainage renovation among others.
Others included mpowerment scheme for youths, women and men.
Also, the Chairman People with disabilities, Emmanuel Daniel, appreciated the state for the construction of rehabilitation center.
“During his campaign in 2015, we the disabled contributed money and gave him for his campaign.
“We appeal to him to remember us because we have 529 disabled persons in Jaba and some of them want to go to school,” he said.
Earlier, the Sole Administrator, Hadiza Mua’zu, said the event was to articulate the promises made by the present administration and to present a scorecard of what had been achieved so far.
Mua’zu said the event was significant as it would help build the confidence of the people and give them a sense of inclusion as achievement had direct bearing on the people.
The programme focused on three key areas, including economic development, social welfare and security.