Niger govt revokes agreement on Madalla housing estate, plans reopening of schools

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello:

Niger state Government has announced the revocation of the agreement it entered into with a private firm and the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB) for the construction of a housing estate at Madalla in Suleja Local Government Area of the state.

 Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mary Noel-Berje, said in a statement made available to SummitNews, that the cancellation of the agreement was announced by the state  Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Barrister Muhktar Nasale,  while briefing journalists on the resolutions of the   Executive Council meeting in Minna, the state capital.

According to the statement, Barrister Nasale explained that the agreement was between the state government, a private construction firm and the Federal Mortage Bank, adding that the project has lasted for more than 17 years without completion.

Barrister Nasale said that the three parties involved have agreed to waive the investment that had hitherto been committed into the project, and that the state government will engage a competent firm that would buy-off the project with the view to completing it for the benefit of the citizens of the state.

Also briefing journalists, the Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, disclosed that efforts are in top gear towards ensuring that the ministry meets up with the Federal Government recommendations and the laid down protocols on COVID-19 for the reopening of schools.

She said several meetings on the planned reopening of schools, have been held with critical stakeholders, especially the ministry of health at the instance of the state governor

Barrister Nasale announces the revocation while briefing journalists

According to the education commissioner, meeting up with the Federal Government’s recommendations and the COVID-19 protocols are necessary so as not to endanger the lives of the pupils, students and their teachers.

She revealed that the sum of N86m was approved by Governor Sani Bello, for the repatriation of Almajirai to their states of origin in compliance with the agreement reached amongst the Northern Governors.

The commissioner further said so far a total of 806 Almajirai were identified and quarantined out of which 557 have been successfully reunited with their families after undergoing all routine checks of COVID-19, and given the best humane treatment.

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