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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

World Bank donates N190m for HIV/AIDS development project

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World Bank logoBy Doyin Ojosipe

Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretariat, Doctor Demola  Onakomaiya  has  disclosed the donation of over N190 million to the HIV/AIDS programme development  project by the world bank.

At a consultation with the management staff of the Agency for the control of Aid (FACA), Demola explained that the world bank has never slacked in its donation towards HIV/AIDS program development project.

He reiterated of how the world  bank had supported towards the execution of the development project in 2010 while revealing that the world bank and federal government of Nigeria had signed an agreement in February 2011, to fund HIV/AIDs response in Nigeria, for the period of five years with the sum of $225 million.

The secretary added that world bank HIV/AIDS program development project 2 (HSDP2) is already being implemented in 36 states of the federation including the FCT and National Agency for the control of Aids (NACA).

Demola also stated that, the world bank had also made the move to provide grants to Civil Society Organisations to carry out HIV/AIDs prevention in FCT through FACA in 2013, by placing the adverts in three dailies which gave about 97 Civil Society Organisations the opportunity as they submitted their expression of interest.

However, the Project Manager, FCT Agency for the control of Aids, Dr. Uche Okoro, expressed displeasure over the actions of few civil society organizations who were unlucky to secure the world bank HIV/AIDS grants and have since taken to the media to blackmail or dent the image of the agency.

Okoro said that the Agency will not be intimidated by such actions but “will continue to discharge its mandate in an unbiased, fair and equitable manner with high degree of professionalism in attending zero new HIV infection in FCT.”

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