Seven billion naira, or 17.3 million euros and 11.3 billion CFA francs. This is the amount that the state of Zamfara in northern Nigeria intends to mobilize to build the governor’s residence. For the sake of « modernization ».
The announcement was made by the Secretary General of the Zamfara Provincial Government. According to Alhaji Bala Bello, in the 2020 state budget, provision is made for the mobilization of seven billion naira to build the residence of the governor occupying a temporary residence since 1996, the date of creation of this state in northern Nigeria.
The governor’s future home should therefore meet the same standards of modernity as in other states. « We need a modern house of government to integrate into the country’s modern state league, » said Alhaji Bala Bello.
Pending the release of funds and the completion of the project, Zamfara like the other states of Nigeria faces a real infrastructure deficit.
But the West African country is also riddled with corruption. As evidenced by the 148th place in the world (36th in Africa) in the 2017 corruption perception index of Transprency International.