Jigawa - The Jigawa State Government has awarded more than N1billion contract for rural electrification and water projects in the state.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babandi Ibrahim, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Thursday.
Ibrahim said that N954 million was approved for the electrification of 30 communities, adding that the contract was awarded to an indigenous firm.
He said that another contract for the procurement of 215 hand pumps and construction of 104 VIP latrines were also awarded at the cost of N150.5 million and N62 million, respectively.
The commissioner said that the projects would be executed in various communities across the 27 local government areas of the state.
``The projects were designed to electrify the communities, enhance access to potable drinking water and sanitation.
``This is part of the state government’s commitment toward improving the overall well-being of rural dwellers.”
According to Ibrahim, the state government has also awarded N361 million contract for construction of staff quarters, amenity ward and other structures at the Rashid Shekoni Specialist Hospital, Dutse and the School of Health Technology, Jahun.
He said that the state government had adopted effective measures to ensure completion of all the on-going projects on schedule. NAN