In Sokoto Perm Sec says Govt has allocated N4.3bn to Science and Tech

Idris further said that the state government has also approved the construction of improved pit latrines in selected schools.

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The Sokoto State Government has increased the annual allocation of the Ministry of Science and Technology from N1.6 billion in 2015 to N4.3 billion in 2016.

This is due to an additional mandate of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) given to the ministry.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Muhammad Idris, disclosed this during a news conference on Tuesday in Sokoto.

He also hinted that the state government has embarked on a lot of developmental projects aimed at improving science and technical education.

``These include the repairs and renovation of the structures damaged by windstorm in government science and technical schools in some of the local government areas in the state,'' said the permanent secretary.

Idris further said that the state government has also approved the construction of improved pit latrines in selected schools.

They are five each at the Government Girls College, Sokoto, and Government Girls Commercial Secondary School, Tambuwal, at the cost of N13 million.

He said that the gesture was in line with the administration's commitment to ensure a clean and healthy environment across the state.

Idris said that the state government has rendered assistance to the students of Ahmadu Bello Academy, Sokoto.

The students were affected by a recent fire incidence and their affected hostels were rehabilitated at the cost of N2.7 million.

He added that the rehabilitation of borehole and purchase of a medium plant generator were carried out at Government Girls College, Sokoto, at the cost of N760,000.

The project, Idris said, was to alleviate the acute water shortage encountered by the students, due to inadequate power supply.

He also said the government has planned to construct ICT/ media centres in all schools under the ministry.

Idris also said the government had paid all the outstanding feeding bills from March 27, 2015, to June 2016, amounting to N171.5 million.

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