• A new planning template will guide housing construction in Sokoto
  • 1,962 plots of land to be allocated for housing development
  • Four city terminals to be constructed to ease traffic congestion
  • Over 40 township roads have been rehabilitated or constructed
  • The government aims to ensure transparency and accountability in housing allocation

From Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

The Sokoto State government is committed to creating a modern and sustainable planning template for landowners to use in redesigning and constructing houses in the state.

The State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Barrister Nasiru Aliyu Dantsoho, stated this during a press conference organised to highlight the current administration’s achievements. The event was organised by the State Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy.

The Commissioner explained that the Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration is poised to leave a legacy in Sokoto State at the end of its tenure.

To this end, Dantsoho said the state government, through its renewed initiative, made 1,962 plots of land available for allocation to provide modest shelter for people in the state. He added that the essence was to further expand the city and ensure structural modernity, as obtained in other cities in Nigeria.

“We will strictly go by the guidelines, requirements and procedures of allocating land and developing it according to plan and design,” he said.

He also disclosed further arrangements by the state government, through his ministry, to construct four city terminals for certain categories of vehicles, tricycles, and Okada riders. This initiative, according to the Commissioner, is to decongest the metropolis of traffic jams and minimise accidents, similar to the pavement fence provided along major roads.

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“We will have terminals for Okada riders, truck drivers, tankers, and other articulated trucks,” Dantsoho said.

While explaining the drive to provide roads, Dantsoho disclosed that no fewer than 40 township roads had been either rehabilitated or constructed since the inception of the APC-led government a year ago.

“We have in that direction constructed numerous link roads at Tudun Wada and also put back into shape all the roundabouts that we inherited with potholes due to the neglect of the immediate past government.”

He said, in order to avoid repeating the deliberate mistakes of the past government of former Governor Tambuwal, the state government has designed a purposeful method for allocating the 136 houses procured from the Federal Government.

“We are working out realistic and beneficial criteria, as it will also apply to other housing unit projects completed and under construction at Wajeke and Kalambaina, on an owner-occupier basis.

“The previous government of the PDP, which failed to construct a single house, sold houses constructed by former Governor Wamakko quickly without proper records of transactions, including proceeds.

“We were able to recover some of our properties in Kaduna alleged to have been purchased in the name of the state. These are some of the deliberate mistakes we are working to avoid in the interest of our people, the state, and due process, which we respect,” he pointed out.

The Commissioner added that reconstruction and rehabilitation work was being carried out at the metropolitan Alu bridge connecting Maiduguri-Ahmadu Bello Way-Abdullahi Fodiyo roads.

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