The construction of Sokoto State University Teaching Hospital and Government Girls Science Secondary School in Kasarawa, a suburb of Sokoto, has rejuvenated business activities in the area.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal awarded the N9.2 billion contracts to an indigenous firm in July, with a completion period of 30 months.
Hundreds of workers were seen on site on Monday during an inspection tour by members of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by its Chairman, Malam Isa Shuni.
Shuni expressed satisfaction at the progresses so far recorded and noted that the services of the teaching hospital would enhance health care delivery in the state.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr Umar Yabo, the Lead Consultant on the projects, said about 1,000 skilled and unskilled workers engaged in the projects were sourced within Sokoto State.
He also said that the building materials were procured in the state and neighbouring Zamfara and Kebbi States.
He said that six 96-bed general wards, laboratories, halls, water system and road networks would be constructed at the teaching hospital site.
At the Girls Science College, Mr Halilu Ladan, the architect overseeing the construction, said that ongoing construction works had been hitch-free and in compliance with best specifications and standards.
The State Executive Council approved the construction of the teaching hospital at the cost of N6.8 billion, while the school would cost N2.4 billion.
Other contracts awarded were the construction of two hospitals in Tambuwal Local Government Area at the cost of N1.8 billion and another one in Sabon Birni at a cost of N1.7 billion.