From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State north zone has called for the State Government to consider the constructions of dams, roads and rehabilitations of markets across the 4 local government areas comprising Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji, Zurmi and Shinkafi.
The observations were made by representatives of the 4 benefitting local government councils of the zone during town hall meeting organized by the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.
The town hall meeting as according to the Director and Economic Planning, Hamza Salihu who, represented the State Commissioner, Ibrahim Jibo Magayaki, said the aim of the meeting was to inform the zone on the planned projects to be executed for their wellbeing.
“Part of the reasons for organizing the town hall meeting was to read out the list of projects marked by the State Government for the zone, and on the other hand, to listen to them whether they may suggest another important project that was not captured in the 2021 budget.
“Being first of it’s kind in the state, the town hall meeting on the budget was aimed at providing enabling environment for the teeming beneficiaries to take part in the budget decision where they could either support the planned projects or replace them with more important ones”, Magayaki has said.
In his remarks, the sole administrator of Shinkafi local government council, Sani Galadima Shinkafi, has pleaded with the State Government to consider the construction of Zangero-Badarawa-Kware-Kurya about 60 kilometer road that linked Zamfara with some parts of Katsina and Sokoto states.
Galadima further said, “There were 4 densely populated wards out of ten in the local government along the said road with over 600,000 inhabitants whose only source of living was nothing apart from farming. The road is not motorable enough to transport out their farm products, and for security personnel to answer distress calls”.
Also speaking on behalf of people of Zurmi local government, the Chairman Zurmi Initiative Forum, Suleiman Babayo Zurmi, advised that, the State Government need to come up with projects that would improve it’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
“Renovations of markets in the zone will no doubt help provide opportunities to secure jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, and by so doing, there would be self reliance among them, while the rate of criminal activities will be reduced to the barest minimum”, Babayo insisted.