01 January 2015, Abuja – Gombe State Government has said it had spent N558.6 million on the electrification of rural communities in Gombe, Billiri and Yamaltu/Deba Local Government Areas.
The Commissioner for Rural Development and Cooperatives, Mr Hassan Ahmadu, told journalists in Gombe that the electricity in the affected communities was upgraded from 3KV to 11KV at N125.349 million.
He said 23 villages were covered by the project in Billiri LGA at the cost of N341.9 million, while the scheme gulped N91.9 million in Kagarawal Local Government Area and adjoining communities.
Ahmadu said the provision of electricity in Kagarawal Village, described as den of criminals, would reduce the influx of miscreants to the area.
The commissioner said the provision of electricity would also reduce rural-urban migration.
“We also want them to feel and touch the dividends of democracy,” the commissioner said.