We will ensure LGCs operate effectively in Katsina  – Commissioner LG&CA

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By Lawal Gwanda

Local Government Councils will be be effectively monitored to ensure they serve the interests of their communities in Katsina State.

This was announced by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Prof Badamasi Lawal Charanchi while on tour of monitoring projects being carried out by Musawa, Matazu and Bindawa local government areas.

Recall that the Katsina State Government approved the sum of N1.8 billion for the 34 local councils to execute projects that have direct bearings on their communities and released 50 per cent of the funds to them promising to disburse the balance when the projects reach 50 level of completion.

In all the three local government areas visited on Thursday, the Commissioner and his team had assessed the jobs done and some corrections were made as well as appreciations..

At Matazu LGA, an ongoing construction of 882 Metres Drainage that needs laterite back filling and slabs at Sayaya Village, three vehicles, (one Hilux and two Volkswagen Golf) meant for Security personnel already repaired, a Double Box Culvert and Laterite Filling of an access road with both sides drainage at Gimchawa Village were inspected.

At Musawa LGA, an Armoured Personnel Carrier ( APC )

stationed at Matazu Police Divisional Headquarters was examined for possible repairs, while a fully renovated Primary Healthcare Centre with Maternity and 9 bed capacity each for Male and Female Wards which was also provided with hospital facilities at Tuge Village, and an ongoing total reconstruction and renovation work of another Health facility at ‘Yar Kirgi Village were inspected.

In Bindawa LGA, the Commissioner and his team expressed disappointment on an 11Km as only 2Km were accessed.

The Commissioner then ordered the Director Works of the LGA to meet Director Works of the Ministry to make proper assessment to obtain what is truly in the Bill of Quantity of the project.

The team also inspected a construction of a N23M Slaughter house at Doro town, which the Commissioner instructed the Director Works of the local council to ensure proper provision of water and other provisions to tally with the Bill of Quantity of the project.

An electrification project of high tension installation from Eka Village to Dakwale Village in Bindawa LGA, was also assessed, where the team observed that only one 200KVA Transformer instead of two was installed contrary to the approved two 300KVA and the number of electric polls fixed were not enough as contained in the Bill of Quantity of the project.

The Commissioner therefore called on all the local Councils Chairmen to come up with Projects Implementation Committee to guide them on the projects so far done so as to allow them assess the quality of the projects and bowed to leave no stone unturned on the trust bested on him by Governor Dikko Umar Radda.

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