The Gombe State Executive Council, presided over by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has approved the payment of external examination fees for twenty three thousand, six hundred and eighty final year students of secondary schools across the State.
The Commissioner of Education, Dauda Batari Zambuk disclosed this to journalists at the close of the 23rd session of the State Executive Council Meeting held at the EXCO Chamber.
He said the State Executive Council expeditiously granted approval of over four hundred and thirty five million, two hundred and Seventy two thousand, nine hundred naira for the payment of WAEC, NABTEB and NBAIS examination charges.
In the same vein, the Commissioner of Works, Engr. Abubakar Bappah also told journalists that council approved the construction of six roads across the State.
The road projects, which are part of the network 11-100 initiative, included the 17 KM Tashan magarya- Lamba – Zange-Bappah Ibrahima- Luggerewo- Jauro Bello- Papa to link with Pindiga Road in Akko Local Government Area, awarded at the cost of four billion, two hundred and thirty six million, seven hundred and eighty five thousand, five hundred and thirteen naira, fourteen kobo with a completion period of twenty four months.
The 40 KM Tappi-Kalajanga-Bomala-Alagarno-Dinawa-Dundehe-Damba Barde-Abuja/bula-Girgam-Shongo Sarkin Yaki through the Gombe western by pass was equally awarded at the cost of eight billion, five hundred and twenty five million, eighteen thousand, seven hundred and seven naira, eighty one kobo with a completion period of twenty four months.
The Filiya-Gwandum-Keffi-Yaburo-Gurwa-Shakram-Daja to Gundale road was also awarded at the contract sum of five billion, three hundred and ten million, one hundred and seventeen thousand, two hundred and fourteen naira with a completion period of twelve months.
Other roads approved for construction by the State Executive Council include the 10 kilometres Bojude to Dirri, awarded at the cost of two billion, one hundred and ninety six million, four hundred and ninety two thousand, eight hundred and thirty naira eighty eight kobo, the 10 kilometres Nafada link road at the cost of 2.55 billion naira and the 27 kilometres Kuri-Nasarawa lambam-Gelambam-Dasa junction to Tallasse awarded at the cost of eight billion, three hundred and eighty eight million, eight hundred and fifty four thousand, one hundred and fourty one naira, six kobo with a completion period of twenty two months.
The Gombe State Commissioner of works added that the State Executive Council has approved 20 percent mobilization fees for all contractors to mobilize to site.
Equally at the briefing, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo said the State Executive Council approved the procurement of 13 hilux vehicles valued at a contract sum of four hundred and thirty four million, three hundred and forty three thousand naira.
According to the Commissioner, the vehicles will be distributed to all the 11 Local Government Areas of the State to further boost the security of lives and property in the State.
The Commissioner of Information and Culture, Julius Ishaya Lapes who coordinated the press briefing, reaffirmed the commitment and determination of the Inuwa Yahaya- led administration to bequeath a legacy that will bear all the hallmarks of economic viability and social stability.