2nd September, 2023
The Sokoto State Government has approved N7.3 billion to buy food stuffs and vehicles to soften the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
The government said it is also spending N13billion on housing, vehicles for security agents and solar power.
Alhaji Jabir Mai-Hula, the state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, who spoke with newsmen after the maiden Executive Council meeting of the state on Friday in Sokoto said that the council has declared a state of emergency on food sector.
“The council has approved the purchase of 57,000 bags of 50kg of rice at the cost of N2.5 billion and 26,000 bags of 100kg of millet at N1.4 bn, making a total of N3.9 billion.
“These are to be distributed across the state to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal and to ease the current economic hardship among the society,” he said.
The commissioner added that the state government, in collaboration with the Federal Government, has also approved the purchase and distribution of 44,000 bags of maize.
He further said that the government has approved N3.4 billion for the purchase of 50 Toyota 18 seater buses and 20 Toyota Camry for commercial transportation.
According to him, the buses will be utilised for inter-state and local transportation, while the Toyota Camry will be reserved for only female transportation within the state.
Alhaji Bashir Umarun-Kwabo, the state Commissioner for Innovation and Digital Economic, said the council has approved N2.6 billion to buy 66 Toyota Hilux.
Umarun-Kwabo said the measure is part of the government’s desire and commitment to address security challenges in the state.
“Each Police Division across the 23 local government areas of the state will get a brand new Toyota Hilux, while the remaining will be distributed among the security outfits in the state,” he said.
Alhaji Nasiru Dantsoho, the state Commissioner for Lands and Housing, also revealed that the council has approved the construction of 500 Housing units at a cost of N7.4 billion.
The houses to be built in estate at Kalambaina, Wamakko road would comprise 300 3-bedroom flats and 200 2-bedroom flats.
Dantsoho further stated that the government has also approved N1.8 billion for construction, reconstruction and various repair of roads across the state.
Alhaji Sanusi Danfulani, the state Commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Resources, revealed that the council has approved N1.2 billion for phase 1 Solar light installation across roads and streets in the state capital.