Caption: President Goodluck Jonathan during the visit
President Goodluck Jonathan has in Katsina State inaugurated the new Government House which the governor, Shehu Shema, said cost the state N8 billion.
The Government House complex includes the Governor’s Office, Governor’s lodge, office complex for the governor’s wife and additional offices for principal staff of the governor.
The edifice also includes a presidential lodge and chalets for presidential aides, 200 capacity banquet hall and an indoor games and fitness centre.
Performing the inauguration ceremony as part of the activities lined up for his two-day official visit to the state, President Jonathan said that the completion of the edifice about a year to the end of Shema’s eight year administration was a demonstration of selfless service and committed leadership.
Jonathan said he was impressed with the quality of work and commended Shema for leaving an indelible blue print behind.
He also hailed the governor for his efforts in the education sector and development of infrastructure in the state.
Earlier, Shema had said that the concept behind the project was that politics should be about service to humanity and not about self aggradisement or personal interest.
He said that the N8 billion used in constructing the edifice was sourced neither from federal allocation nor internally generated revenue, but from interest accruing from bank savings of the state.
According to him, proceed from the interest was also used in constructing the N400 million government house in Abuja.
Beside the edifice, Shema said his administration had constructed 200 secondary schools, 38 new primary schools while education from primary to secondary schools is free in the state.
He said his administration had also sent 600 students to study specialised courses like medicine, engineering, environmental sciences in universities abroad.
In the area of agriculture, Shema said the state had provided tractors, irrigation equipment, fertilizer and seedling to farmers.
The governor added that the state built 2000 houses which were sold to indigenes at 50 per cent discounted rate with 15 years instalmental payment.