By Chinwendu Nnadozie-, Snr Correspondent, Minna
Niger State government has so far spent N1.7 billion to beautify Minna, the state capital and some other cities and towns as part of measures to make particularly Minna the state capital one of the livable cities in the world.
Part of the sum was utilized in the development of ultra-modern building materials shops and mechanics village to the tune of N350 million and N17 million respectively, the Focal Officer, Directorate Strategies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Niger State Urban Development Board (NUDB), Mallam Umar Kwalachi said in Minna.
Kwalachi also disclosed that over N54 million was spent on the development of the, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure ultra-modern market, western by-pass in Minna.
The focal officer also confirmed that out of each of the CCTVs so far mounted, only four are functional while the two that were burnt down during the fuel subsidy removal crisis has been duly refurbished.
Kwalachi blamed the delay in movement of building materials and furniture makers association to the new site on lack of electricity and some other social amenities expected to have been completed before the traders move into 240 shops so far completed in the new market.
Plans are on ground for the commencement of the allocation of the completed 240 units to registered members of the building materials and furniture dealers association, the statement further explained.
Against the backdrop of speculations that the government is allocating the shops through proxy, Kwalachi said the state government is collaborating with the leadership of the association to ensure transparency in the allocations.