The state executive council presided over by Governor Darius Ishaku has earmarked the sum of forty-eight billion naira, 48bn, for the construction of Jalingo CityGate and Mararaba to Baisa road projects.
According the commissioner of Agriculture Dr David Ishaya who along with his colleagues in Science and technology Alhassan Hamann and Education commissioner Joannes Jingem briefed journalists, he stated that the council after deliberations, awarded the sum of thirty billion naira for the constitution and dualization of the 13km Jalingo Citygate road in pantinapu to the citygate road at Jauro Yinu to mersers RCC Nigeria limited.
He added that the council also awarded the 85km Mararaba to Baisa road project at the sum of eighteen billion naira.
“The Mararaba to Baisa roads project which is valued at eighteen billion Naira will be formally signed by the the three contractors who were awarded the job.
As you are aware, the supplementary appropriation budget for the funding of the job has been passed by the state House of assembly”.
In his remarks, Commissioner of Science and Technology Alhassan Haman revealed that Governor Ishaku has rewarded the two indigenes of the state who participated and won prizes at the NNPC competition with sum of two million naira.
He said Auwal Osama from Takum local government area and Abdulaziz Usman who both prizes in the the 2017 and 2018 competition’s were each rewarded with one million naira each.
“The essence of the award is to encourage the young lads and it is a sign of the laudable achievement the Governor has made within the period he has been in office to date”.
In his response, commissioner of Education Joanne’s Jingem stated that the ministry has made significant achievements in external examination from 2015 to 2018.
He revealed that in the WAEC examination, Taraba state has been ranked as the best in the entire northern Nigeria and this is due to the massive support from the Governor to the sector.
“In 2016 the percentage passmark was 56.5%, 2017 67.3%,2018 75.7%.
With this development, it is important that the public should know the significant inroads this administration has made in the sector through the engagement of three thousand teachers which has added value to the system and the improved performance we are witnessing”.
Similarly, on the time frame set aside for the road construction, Dr Ishaya noted that no time limit was given to the contractor for the completion of the project but was urged to complete the job in good time.
While fielding questions, Commissioner of Education stated that the bursary issue has been resolved. He revealed that the scholarship board has just submitted the cost implications of the payment of scholarship to our students.
We are calling on our students to exercise patience as usual. It is our hope that His Excellency will look into the bursary of our students”.