Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state says the state government has released N220million for the construction of “Sarki Muhammadu Bello mosque” in Koko, Koko Besse Local government area of the state.
The governor disclosed this on Saturday while speaking at the foundation laying ceremony at Koko.
Mr Bagudu said: “We are here today Saturday, 29th of January, to lay the foundation for the construction of a new mosque in Koko, the Sarki Muhammadu Bello mosque.
“Government gave approval for the construction of the mosque, N220 million had already been released for the project, from the start to completion.”
Bagudu, who is also the Chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, told hundreds of people who thronged the site to witness the historic ceremony.
He announced that the state government had also approved the construction of a new market, opposite the mosque, to boost trade and commerce in the area.
Mr Bagudu added that N314 million was approved for the construction of the new market.
According to the governor, siting the market in another location, was meant to decongest the area around the present market, and pave the way for smooth vehicular movement, as well as people.
He prayed for timely and successful completion of the projects for the benefit of humanity.
On his way back, the governor, in company of the immediate past governor of the state, Saidu Nasamu-Dakingari, made a stop over at Rara market, in Rara town, on the Jega-Maiyama-Koko road, to interact with vegetable farmers.
The farmers, who specialised in the production of hot chili pepper, were encouraged by the governor not to relent in their efforts.
The governor said both Kebbi and Sokoto states were proud of the farmers’ active efforts at boosting the economies of the two states.
Also addressing the farmers, the former governor of the state advised them to continue to strive for improved productivity.
“This is what we were discussing about, me and my colleague, the governor. We were talking about how productive you people are.
“As we have seen the emergence of Rice mills in Kebbi state, these efforts of yours will certainly attract many other companies and industries to the state,” he assured.
The former governor also advised them to be vigilant in fishing out any foreign or suspicious persons and reporting such persons to the relevant authorities.
The governor and his entourage also inspected ongoing new township roads under construction in Jega, awarded by the state government.