March 14, 2024

World Bank provides water, hospitals, schools, roads for 83 communities in Nasarawa

World Bank

World Bank

…Expended N13bn as Nasarawa ranks first in project execution

By David Odama, Lafia

Over 83 communities in Nasarawa State have been provided with water, schools and hospitals by the World Bank in its social interventions programme in rural communities across Nasarawa state.

The interventions cover 76 schools, 89 primary Health Care micro projects as well as 73 water projects spread across the 13 LGAs of the state.

State Coordinator of NG Cares programme in Nasrawa State, Umar Ibrahim Ayero said over N13 billion has been expended in the intervention Programmes in Nasarawa state.

He disclosed that NG care carried out the reconstruction of a primary school abandoned since 1975 amongst other school projects as its set target to bring education to the rural communities.

This is even as the intervention has earned the State a national top spot in the distribution of funds for key projects in Nasarawa state. 

According to the NG Care State Coordinator, Nasarawa State got ten percent, amounting to over N13 billion of the grant distributed to all the States of the federation in the World Bank-assisted programme. 

He said, “Nasarawa State emerged first because of the result we have achieved, first in the country and also first in the North Central region. 

“We came first because what we did for the rural economy in this seven-point programme is more than that of every state. So, normally, in this World Bank programme we are running a P for R financing mechanism. 

“There are independent verifiers that went to every state to look at what you have done and then quantify your volume of achievement based on the amount that is given to you or allocated to each result that you’ve earned. After that exercise, Nasarawa State came first. And the result was converted to naira which amounted to 13.6billion naira”.

He said the feat and award earned by the State from the Federal government through the Ministry of Budget and Planning also earned the third assessment undertaken out of the four assessments associated with the programme.

“I was optimistic that the State will still perform well because of the enormous work put into achieving the set objectives”,  Umar said.

Umar noted that the effort put into the third assessment supersedes that of the second which fetched the state a plum sum as the best in the Federation. 

The NG Cares boss said testimonies from users of rural roads have shown that the construction of such access roads has been the most impactful of all the programmes, even though all of them are a proportionate great impact on the end-users.

“We have impacted on the vulnerable members of the society through financial start- off adding that the World Bank provides the funding, for the projects while the state government owned the projects by agreement with the global bank with the Federal government,” he stated.

The state, he said takes care of the implementation of the programme whenever achievements are recorded are credited to the state government and then the World Bank for the provision of funds for the execution of the projects through the Community-Driven  Development approach.