The Gombe State Executive Council has approved the sum of seven hundred and fifteen million, seventy four thousand, one hundred and thirty five naira, (715, 074, 135) as fifty per cent counterpart fund for the 2021 Universal Basic Education (UBEC) intervention projects in the State.
The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Julius Ishaya Lepes, disclosed this to journalists shortly after the 18th SEC meeting presided over by Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
Ishaya Lapes stressed that the approval of the counterpart funding for the 2021 UBEC/SUBEB intervention project was in fulfillment of the Governor’s determination to further give impetus to the State of emergency already declared in the education sector his administration.
The Commissioner equally disclosed that SEC also approved the sum of one hundred and eighteen million, four hundred and thirty eight thousand, forty five naira (118, 438, 45) for the renovation and upgrade of the cottage hospital and Primary Health Centre in Kuri, a community in Yamaltu Deba local government area to give maximum healthcare services to the people.
“The renovation and the upgrade become necessary because of the level of dilapidation of the cottage hospital and the PHC; and some of you who are conversant with Kuri village know the community as densely populated commercial hub”, Hon Lepez stressed.
The Information Commissioner said Council also deliberated on the payment of compensation made to victims of the Billiri crisis and confirmed that over 90 percent of the claims by the affected victims have been cleared.
“At the moment we are waiting for individuals who have not come forward to make their claims, so the committee is still hanging on until all of them are attended to” .
He emphasized the need for citizens to maintain the peace so that funds meant for providing services and developmental projects will not be expended in crises management.
Speaking on SEC’s resolutions on land matters, the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Usman Jafun Biri said Council approved the sum of one hundred and Seventy seven million, seventy two thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine naira (177, 072, 999) for the payment of compensation to individuals whose lands have been allocated to Federal University of Kashere, Federal Polytechnic Kaltungo and the Golf Coast in Tukulma Village of Akko Local Government Area.
Another report was received from a strong team involving two commissioners sent to investigate and assess the true situation of one Mariyo Primary School in Kalshingi ward of Akko LGA which was in the news where it was reported to be in bad condition despite the huge number of pupils attending.
The team, according to the information commissioner, discovered the school to be a community-owned facility, established in 2017, accommodating 250 pupils (as opposed to more than 500 pupils reported by some media outlets) with little intervention from the local government. The commissioner expressed the readiness of the government to assist the community in their quest to provide better education for their children.