The governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, says government paid more than N300 million as compensation to property owners to actualise the construction of roads in Jega Town.
The governor’s spokesman, Yahaya Sarki, stated this in a statement issued in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
Mr Sarki stated that the governor made the declaration while inspecting ongoing construction of five kilometres township roads in Jega where he trekked for over three kilometres amidst applause by residents.
Mr Bagudu assured that government would give premium to people-oriented projects that have impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the people.
The governor addressed a crowd of Jega residents in the company of chairman of Jega Local Government Council, Shehu Marshal, and the majority leader, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Faruk Nassarawa.
Also in the audience were the Sarkin Kabin Jega, Arzika Bawa-Jega, the Special Adviser to the governor on NYSC and Scholarship Matters, Murtala Habib-Jega, politicians and community leaders.
While expressing delight at the smooth take-off of the project, the governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to sustain infrastructural development.
“My administration cherishes development that will facilitate comfort and ease of movement for the people; women can go to hospital with less difficulty, school children too can happily go to schools.
“We have a mission to better the lives of our people. Jega means a lot to this APC-led administration; Jega has a lot of dynamic young people who have supported the realisation of APC.
“We have constructed roads in Jega town in places like Nasarawa, Katanga, Alelu, Dumbegu, Jandutsi, Kimba and many others,” the governor said.
Mr Bagudu appreciated the support and cooperation of the people of Jega and promised that the road project linking a number of communities would be completed speedily.
Responding, Mr Bawa-Jega appreciated the governor for the road project.
He commended the governor for embarking on the project even with the prevailing paucity of funds in the country.
“At a time when the economy is not doing well and some states are even finding it extremely difficult to pay salaries, our governor embarked on this laudable project.
“We thank you a lot for this gesture and concern for the development of our people,” he said.
The governor made a stopover at Maiyama where he inspected cassava farms targeted at bio-fuel production and visited rice processors at Andrai.