Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State has said that his government paid more than N300 million as compensation to property owners for the construction of roads in Jega Town.
The governor made the declaration while inspecting the construction of five kilometres of township roads in Jega where he trekked for over three kilometres amid applause by residents.
Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Yahaya Sarki, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in a statement issued in Birnin Kebbi, yesterday.
Bagudu assured the residents that government would give a premium to people-oriented projects that impact on the social and economic wellbeing of the people.
The governor addressed the residents in the company of the Chairman, Jega Local Council, Shehu Marshal, and the Majority Leader, Kebbi State House of Assembly, Faruk Nasarawa.
Also, in the audience were the Sarkin Kabin Jega, Alhaji Arzika Bawa-Jega; the Special Adviser to the Governor on National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and Scholarship Matters, Alhaji 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 sustainable infrastructure development.
“My administration cherishes development that will facilitate comfort and ease of movement for the people; women can go to the hospital with less difficulty, children too can happily go to schools.
“We have a mission to better the lives of our people. Jega means a lot to this All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration; it has a lot of dynamic young people who have supported the realisation of APC,” he reportedly said.
The governor 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, Bawa-Jega appreciated the governor for the road project and commended him for embarking on it, even with the prevailing hardship in the country.
“At a time 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 stopped over at Maiyama where he inspected cassava farms for biofuel production and visited rice processors at Andrai.