Sokoto - Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, said the state government had concluded plans to explore its abundant crude oil deposits.
Wamakko stated this on Monday in Sokoto while receiving the Sultan of Sokoto, AlhajiSa’ad Abubakar III, who paid him Sallah homage.
"We will soon write the Federal Government on the issue with a view to complying with the necessary guidelines.
"The oil deposits, when fully explored and exploited, will certainly boost the socio economic status of the people of the state as well as the nation’s economy."
The governor promised that the state government would soon commence implementation of a new salary structure for traditional rulers in the 23 local government areas of the state.
"A committee set up to look into the remunerations of traditional rulers in the state had completed its assignment.
" We will soon come up with a white paper on the new salary for the traditional rulers and send a bill to the House of Assembly to legalise the package," Wamakko said.
He commended the traditional ruler for their unalloyed support and cooperation to the state government, adding that arrangements had been concluded to introduce a special irrigation programme to boost food production.
The sultan said the visit was to felicitate with the governor on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
He commended Wamakko for giving special attention to the traditional rulers.
"We are leaders representing the people, we must facilitate all efforts to further improve their living standard," he said.
The sultan commended the governor for providing new official vehicles to all the district heads and for the ongoing rehabilitation of their residences.