From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Zamfara State government has entered into partnership with UN-Africa with a view to assess the needed support to restructure the major cities of the state.
Governor Abdul’azeez Yari Abubakar declared this while in an interactive session with the 10-man delegation that was in the state for scooping mission to some strategic areas of the state.
The governor was in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya last year to explore areas of collaboration and mutual interest between the state government and the agency in supporting some sectors of human development in the state.
According to him, they are to support the state in the area of environment, refused dump, waste disposal, housing and shelter as well as structures improvement, adding that since his assumption as the executive governor of the state, he had giving priority to developing infrastructures as critical to sustainable development.
He said as at now, the state government has engaged over four billion naira for the payment of compensation to illegal structures erected by the people which cost the state government huge financial burden.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Osun State son of the soil, Professor Oyebanje Oyeinka, said UN-Africa in collaboration with the Chinese government are making effort to construct six million houses under the mortgage arrangement in Nigeria, among which Zamfara will be part of the benefiting states.
He said, they have conducted an assessment tour to so many areas where they observed there were opportunities the state government could benefit.
Prof. Oyeinka further explained that, the partnership will also support the state government in the mining sector, saying the issue of lead poisoning will also be addressed and the state will be adequately supported in that regard.