By Najem Francis, Sokoto
The committee set up by Sokoto State Government on the sale of government quarters to deserving public servants has recommended the sale of about 1500 houses in various locations in the state.
The Chairman of the committee and state Commissioner of Lands and Housing, Alhaji Bello Abubakar Guiwa, stated this when he presented the report of the committee to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
“According to our verification, a total number of 1,497 houses have been identified as belonging to the state government located within and around the metropolitan city. The houses are mostly located around Guiwa, Bado, Arkilla, Nasarawa, Runjin Sambo, Eastern and Western GRA areas,” the chairman said.
He said in order to ease the burden faced by many of occupants some of who are retired civil servants, the committee advised the government to sell 90 percent of the houses at a minimum of N1 million to N6.2 million.
Guiwa said in deciding those who should benefit from the sale of the houses, priority should be given to Sokoto indigenes working in the state civil service or unified local government service of the state
In addition, he said that special consideration should also be given to Sokoto indigenes working in the federal government or non-Sokoto indigenes who are working for the state government.
Speaking after receiving the report, Governor Tambuwal said that the state government would reinvest proceeds from the sales in the completion of the new estates under construction in the state capital.
He thanked the committee members for a job well done and assured them that the report would be presented to the state executive council for deliberation and necessary approval.