Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has approved the sum of N7, 022, 754, 651.11 for various projects across the state.
A statement signed on Monday by the Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Abdullahi Bego, said the governor made the approval during the State Executive Council in the state.
According to him, the governor made the approval after deliberating on many issues that affect the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state.
The statement broke down the projects sum to include N1, 202, 406, 208.99 for the supply of medical equipment and furniture for the Medical College of the State University.
The sum also captured the procurement of electronic medical records and the training of staff at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital, YSUTH, and the specialist hospitals in Damaturu, Potiskum, and Gashu’a.
The statement reads:
“The State Executive Council ratified the approval of the sum of N1, 202, 406, 208.99 for the supply of medical equipment and furniture for the Medical College of the Yobe State University and the procurement of electronic medical records and the training of staff at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital (YSUTH), and the specialist hospitals in Damaturu, Potiskum, and Gashu’a.
“The Council also ratified the sum of N327, 140, 666.27 for the construction of 200-bed capacity isolation center and a one-storey building consisting of 30 room apartment House Officers’ Quarters at the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital.
“Also, the sum of N278, 591, 277.03 was ratified for the remodelling and conversion of the three-star hotel, Damaturu into the Clinical Section of the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital. This amount also covers the supply of furniture for use in the clinical section.
“The State Executive Council has also approved the sum of N1, 711, 980, 083.27 for additional works on the construction of 25.5 kilometre dual- carriage way from Damaturu to Kalallawa Village where the Damaturu International Cargo Airport is located.
“Also approved is the sum of N288, 998, 270.00 for the construction of 1.5-kilometre road and 3.0-kilometre concrete drains through direct labour at the Dr Shehu Sule College of Nursing and Midwifery, Damaturu.
“Similarly, the sum of N169, 041, 071.35 was approved for the rehabilitation of Kaliyari-Bayamari road through direct labour as well as the rehabilitation of the Jakusko-Garin Alkali Road at the cost of N219, 698, 226.92.
“The State Executive Council has also ratified the sum of N145, 648, 719.88 for the procurement of additional equipment and gear for the synchronisation and digitalization of the Yobe Radio FM/AM services.
“In addition to the above spending, Council has also ratified the sum of N765, 000, 000.00 for the procurement of 20 units of Toyota Land Cruiser V6 Vehicles for vigilante groups in the state to facilitate their security patrols and movement.
“The State Executive Council has also approved the sum of N688, 617, 273.06 for the procurement and installation of runway lighting system at the Damaturu International Cargo Airport.
“Council has also approved the sum of N1, 225, 632, 904.34 for revised additional works on the Nguru Modern Market project.
“The total amount approved and ratified by the Council stands at N7, 022, 754, 651.11.
- Also the Council has approved the change of name of the Ministry of Higher Education to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
“Lastly, the State Executive Council has approved a new logo for the State. It will be used in offices and official communications throughout the state government. The logo represents the history, culture, and socio-economic outlook of the state. It will be unveiled at a later date.”
Mr Buni therefore, commended the members of the Council for ensuring the smooth functioning of the government and the delivery of social services to the people.