14th April, 2017
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Works says the development strategy adopted by Gov. Tanko Al-Makura would boost human capacity in the state.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Okpoku, said this on Friday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia.
Okpoku (APC-Udege/Loko) said the ongoing construction of bridges and culverts by the State Government would open up rural areas, and stimulate agriculture and socio-economic activities across the state.
However, he said that the committee would sustain its oversight of all ongoing projects in local government and development areas across the state to ensure that the construction of bridges and culverts meet specifications.
The chairman said that the exercise was not meant to witch hunt anybody, adding that the committee was mandated by the House as part of its oversight functions to ensure that quality jobs were done in the interest of peace and development
“Gov. Tanko Al-Makura deserve commendation for constructing rural bridges and culverts across the state as even the communities in which we are representing are appreciative of the governor’s efforts considering the importance of the projects to them for the overall development of the country.
“For example’ in Awe Local Government and Azara Ddevelopment Area that we have culverts and bridges projects, we are satisfied and happy with the quality of work done, it is a very good job and we are also commending both the chairman of the local government, Hon. Hashimu Jada, and the contractor for doing a quality job,” he said.
“The provision of the bridges, culverts and other infrastructure would go a long way in fighting poverty, unemployment, youth restiveness and boost socio-economic activities of the state.
“The construction of the bridges and culverts will also reduce the hardship of the people of the state especially the rural dwellers and connect them with other communities thereby boosting their agricultural production and we are urging the governor to keep initiating projects that would impact on the lives of the people,” he said.
According to him, such infrastructural development would also raise the revenue base of the state.
Also speaking with NAN, Alhaji Hashimu Jada, the Chairman, Interim Management Committee, Awe Local Government, said the council spent over N20 million on the construction of five culverts in the area.
According to him, the projects executed includes Awe Guest House road culvert, Kekura-Ihuma road culvert, Gidan Kosonu Tunga road culvert, Awe-Anpana road two cell culvert and Awe-Anpana single cell culvert.
He also lauded Al-Makura for the release of funds for the construction of the development projects in rural communities of the state.
The chairman called on the people of the area and the state at large to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Al-Makura’s administration to enable them deliver more democracy dividends.