The Sokoto state government has reiterated its commitment to bring visible development to rural communities in the state especially in the provision of basic amenities such as electricity.
Commissioner for rural development in the State, Abdullahi Maigwandu, made this known while briefing newsmen on the activities of the ministry in Sokoto.
Maigwandu said that a total of 172 transformers of various capacities were recently distributed to different communities across the 23 local government areas of the state.
He added that the State government also intends to install a further 100 transformers to complement existing ones as part of efforts to enhance access to electricity supply in remote locations before the end of 2017.
According to the commissioner, the 172 transformers were supplied at the cost of N623 million, while N103 million was spent on supply and installation of electrical equipment in different parts of the state.
“The categories distributed include 500 kva, 300 kva and 200 kva. Some local government areas got five while others got three depending on request.
“Our plan is to enhance access to electricity in many areas that hitherto had no power supply at all. The benefits of such endeavour cannot be overemphasised,” Maigwandu said.
The commissioner added that his ministry is in talks with the federal government to ensure that more communities are connected to electricity supply.