The sum of N1.1billion has been approved by the Kwara State Government for construction of a new state secretariat.
This among others were part of decisions taken at the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House and chaired by the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The intention, according to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Babatunde Ajeigbe who briefed newsmen on outcome of the meeting in Ilorin, is to create enabling environment for workers as the engine room of the government.
He added that the project which will commence in July, is expected to be completed within 36 weeks.
He explained that the new Secretariat when completed would house the Ministries of Energy, Commerce and Cooperative, Water Resources and Planning and Budget Development.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr Muideen Akorede, said the council also considered a report on a localised cholera outbreak in two Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that the council also praised the state delegation on the cholera outbreak for its prompt responce to the situation.
The governor’s aide also told newsmen that the council received commendation letters from the World Health Organisation(WHO) and National Centre for Diseases Control for its efforts at containing the spread of cholera in the state.
He also added that the council also directed the state Ministry of Environment and Forestry to step up advocacy in order to prevent flooding in the state.
Akorede said that the council mandated the ministry to immediately embark on desilting of drainages across the state.
He also explained that the council also deliberated on low compliance on the payment of land charges in the state and directed the Bureau of Land and the media to step up advocacy to ensure total compliance.