By LUKMAN GARBA, Bauchi
The administration of Governor Bala Muhammed has within it’s first year constructed new 270 primary/junior secondary classrooms and renovated 405 across the state, the projects worth N3 billion.
The projects site engineer with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBED), Engr. Bello disclosed this to journalists inspecting projects executed by the governor.
The media team was also told that 16 other special school projects were executed by the state government across the state at a total cost of N500 million for the advancement of basic education.
Mukhtar Mohammed Musa, Sites Project Engineer with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bauchi told the journalists at the Yelwa Practicing School of the former Bauchi Teachers College, that the school established in 1931 was fully renovated and a solar-powered borehole sunk in its premises, which was also fenced.
Engr. Musa explained that 16 various projects across the state were either newly constructed or renovated under collaborative efforts between the State Office of SDGs and the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) of the Federal Government with 50% each counterpart funding.
The projects which were executed in hard-to-reach areas of the state included the provision of equipment, furniture, as well as teaching and learning materials.
The media team also inspected the 6.2km Jos road – Dass road bye pass where the Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Works, Engr. Stephen Abubakar said the project being executed at a cost of N2.2billion has reached 85% completion.
While at the Gubi Dam site where rehabilitation and expansion programmes are being undertaken, visiting journalists were told by the Project Engr. Abdulmumini Mailafia that works on the projects are going according to specification.
Engr. Mailafia said both the rehabilitation works on the existing system that provides 45 million litres, and the expansion programme that will provide 75 million litres of clean water to Bauchi metropolis and environs have reached appreciable stages of completion
The Acting project manager of LUTECH PRATIBHA JV Construction Company, an Indian coy undertaking the expansion works, Mr. Nanda Kumar said the company undertakes both the rehabilitation and expansion programmes of the project.
Mr. Nanda Kumar revealed that the rehabilitation is almost 60% completion while the expansion reaches 50% completion, disclosing further that the company will rehabilitate the old sub-station, as well as building a new one at the site.