By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina
Katsina State Executive Council has approved contract of dualization of the road from Kofar Soro to Kofar Guga round about in the metropolis at the cost of over two point zero-six billion Naira.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Engineer Abdu Usman confirmed this while briefing newsman on the outcome of the meeting presided by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
Engineer Abdu Usman remarked that the project with the completion period of eight months was intended to reduce traffic congestion along the road.
The Permanent Secretary also said the executive council had approved the award of a three kilometer Jibiyar-Maje-Tashar-Aibo to Niger Republic boarder road already started under the NEWMAP programme.
According to him, the project initially awarded at the cost of over nine hundred and sixty one point four million naira had already had fifty percent of it covered by the NEWMAP, adding that State Government would complete the remaining fifty percent of the road project.
He said savings made from the fifteen kilometers covered had been proposed to be used on the execution of additional road projects in Katsina metropolis.
They include Mangal Juma’at Mosque T-junction to Abattoir quarters and Obasanjo drive road both to be constructed at the cost of over three hundred and eighty nine million naira.
The council meeting he said had also approved the ratification leading to the upward of two ongoing projects to include GRA Fly-over Bridge and Kafur-Gurai road.
In the meantime Katsina State executive council has approved three hundred and sixty seven million naira for the rehabilitation and upgrade of Musawa Dam.
Commissioner for Water Resources Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua revealed this while briefing newsmen after the council meeting presided by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
The Commissioner remarked that, the project would cover raising the broken embankment, Dam reservoir and over head tank among others.
He said the council had also approved the award of contract for the upgrade of quality control laboratory and Administrative block at the Ajiwa water works.
The Commissioner said the project would cost the State Government over seven hundred million naira.
Other projects approved by the executive council include replacement of rusted and broken pipelines among others.
Similarly, the executive council has granted approval for the tertiary institutions owned by the State Government to use their internally generated revenue in providing exit package for the retiring principal officers.
They include Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Bursar and Chief Librarian in case of University and Provost, Rector, Bursar and Chief Librarian for the Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Isa Kaita College of Education and Yusuf Bala Usman College of Legal Daura.
Special Adviser to the State Governor on Higher Education Dr. Bashir Usman Ruwan Godiya made this known at a news briefing after the council meeting.
He said all the affected officers would also go with their official vehicles on auction.
The briefing was coordinated by the State Commissioner of information Abdulkarim Yahaya Sirika.