“Sokoto state govt will promote public-private partnerships on agric, economic ventures” – Governor Tambuwal

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto
State has pledged his administration’s commitment to promoting
agricultural and economic ventures in the state via public-private
partnerships. Tambuwal, who gave the
assurance at a parley with newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday, said that the
ventures were geared toward enhancing revenue generation and employment
opportunities in the state.

He listed such ventures as the Anchor Borrowers Scheme and other agricultural projects of the Central Bank of Nigeria, in addition to the schemes of commercial banks which were targeted at boosting agricultural production in the state.

He
said that other ventures were those relating to solid minerals
exploitation, tomato farming and processing as well as textiles and
agro-allied industries.

Tambuwal said that a mechanised cattle breeding and dairy farm was established by his administration through such initiatives.

In
the area of education, the governor said that students’ enrolment in
schools had increased appreciably, while efforts were underway to
upgrade the infrastructural facilities of the schools.

Tambuwal
said that a committee set up by the government had estimated that N47
billion was required to cater for about 2,011 schools.

He
acknowledged the dearth of teachers in the state and the low quality of
many teachers, adding, however, that the government would not sack any
teachers but it would rather retrain them.

He
stressed that his administration was committed to the judicious
management of resources, adding that for instance, funds accruing from
the Paris Club loan refunds were used to settle workers’ salary,
pensions and other entitlement.
On sports, Tambuwal said that the Sokoto United Football Club
would be repositioned for better performances with enhanced welfare
packages, adding that a new stadium would be constructed since the
current one was situated in the residential area.

He
said that the state’s laws would be strengthened to address criminal
acts like cattle rustling, kidnapping and other social vices.

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