From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has reiterated the determination of his government to sustain the World Bank assisted Community Social Development Project (CSDP) despite the expiration of its intervention.
Governor Bello gave the assurance when he received on a courtesy visit the CSDP National Coordinator, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje in Government House, Minna.
He explained that the intervention of the donor agency has contributed immensely to the growth of the state, adding that the state government would continue to support its course in order to allow for project continuity, and development in the state.
“In order to sustain CSDP in the state, we have to provide funding for the continuation of the project which means they will have to be under the Ministry of Planning so that it can take sponsorship position and allow the project to continue.
“We will work with the agency by contributing our quota to ensure that the projects are completed so we can make positive impacts in lives of the people by meeting with their demands” he stated.
He advised CSDP to increase its publicity in the state as most people have little or no knowledge of it’s activities in the state. He also called for proper documentation of the project in the state.
Governor Bello further assured the CSDP of the state government assistance in the areas of structures, funding and logistics in order to allow it carry out it activities in the growth and development of the state.
In his remarks, the CSDP National Coordinator, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje said that the visit was aimed at reviewing its performance in the last quarter and is implementing its additional finance in the tune of US $250 million which all the 30 participating states are going to benefit from.
Dr Obaje stated that the agency’s priority is now to focus on the poorest local government areas in the state said that 6 local government areas in Niger state are to benefit from the intervention between now and the year 2020.
He further stated that the state agency have so far contributed about N 775 million used to support 255 projects which covers roads, water and sanitation, provision of educational and healthcare facilities among others however applauded the effort of the state government thus far in its projects.