Bauchi to spend N2.2bn on renovation of four emir palaces


The Bauchi government has approved the renovation of four emir palaces in the state, with a total budget of N2.2 billion.

The palaces include those of the emirs of Bauchi, Jama’are, Ningi, and Dass.

The Commissioner for Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ahmed Sarki Jalam, announced the decision after the State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.

He said the renovation aims to create a conducive environment for traditional institutions, enabling the smooth discharge of duties by the traditional rulers.

Additionally, the State Executive Council has given the green light for the renovation of 16 strategic roads and two flyover bridges, totalling N100 billion, to enhance traffic flow and beautify the city centre.

Commissioners for Works and Transport, Ibrahim Galadim, and his counterpart at Special Duties and Rural Development, Faruq Mustapha, said the projects have been awarded to competent contractors in line with the developmental initiatives of the Governor Bala Mohammed-led administration.

The project comprises two flyover bridges at the busiest areas of Wunti Market and Central Market roundabouts to beautify and decongest traffic in the city centre at a cost of N20 billion.

The execution of the road project has already commenced with the construction works on the dualisation of the 11-kilometre Ningi-Gudduba road in Ningi township for a whopping sum of N10.3 billion.

Some of the road projects that are part of the 200-kilometre construction across the three senatorial zones include the 29-kilometre Boi-Gambar-Sara-Marti-Lere road at a cost of N11.3 billion; rehabilitation of Dindima-Yashi-Maina Maji road; 5.2-kilometre dualisation from Emir’s palace in Azare to Setraco roundabout; dualisation of 7-kilometre road from A.D. Rufa’i College to Misau town; construction of 2.6-kilometre Gwallameji-Doka-Rafin Zurfi-Dass road; 4.5-kilometre Sabon Kaura-Birshi Gandu-BRC road; construction of 1.1-kilometre Bayara township road; construction of 4-kilometre Zango-Gwallagan-Mayaka access road.

Other constructions are Shari’a Court of Appeal; 22-kilometre Darazo-Gabciyari road; 2.6-kilometre internal road at Bauchi State University Gadau; 29-kilometre Adamani-Disina road in Jama’are Local Government Area; and 42-kilometre Geljaule-Lame road.

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