The Sokoto State Government says it has received approval from the state government to spend N32 million on mass wedding for 100 couples this year .
The Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mani Maishinku, disclosed this in Sokoto on Friday while defending the ministry’s budget proposals for 2017 before the state House of Assembly’s Committee on Religious Affairs.
“The state government had since approved N32 million and inaugurated a committee to screen the beneficiaries across the 23 local government areas of the state.
“The allocation would be properly managed to ensure the success of the marriages and based on that, the ministry is awaiting the committee’s reports to commence the wedding,” he said.
The commissioner also assured the committee that all outstanding projects of the ministry would be completed within the stipulated time this year before embarking on new ones.
The Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Abdulwahab Yahaya (APC- Goronyo), pledged the assembly’s support to the ministry’s activities this year.
Also, the state Commissioner for Rural Development, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu, said the ministry would complete three outstanding road projects in 2017 while defending his ministry’s budget proposal .
Maigwandu who appeared before the Assembly’s Committee on Rural Development expressed the ministry’s commitment to complete all outstanding projects in the fiscal year.
“We are so much committed to ensuring all uncompleted projects under our ministry are completed this year including Dange Shuni, Fela and Bodinga roads,” he said.
The committee’s Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Achida (APC- Wurno), said that the assembly would ensure that all the needs of the rural areas were given priority attention.
Similarly, officials of the state Ministry of Information also appeared before the assembly’s Committee on Information to defend its budget proposal.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abubakar III, said that the ministry would train more of its staffers as well as provide modern facilities for the state-owned media outfits in the state.
The committee’s Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Randa (APC- Tureta), said that the Assembly would ensure more support for information dissemination in the state.