Nasarawa Govt. Partners World Bank To Assist Needy Communities

Nasarawa-World-Bank-Yalwata-WujiThe Nasarawa State government has restated its commitment to providing basic amenities for rural communities in dire need.

The state’s Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Othman Ibrahim, gave the government’s position on Tuesday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital in north-central Nigeria.

He was speaking when he led a team of some government officials and that of the World Bank to Yalwata Wuji, a community in dire need of basic amenities in the state.

The plight of the community, which has at least 1,000 people and has been in existence for over 60 years, was highlighted on the Community Report segment of Channels Television’s flagship programme, “News At 10” on August 31, 2016.

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Poor state of a bridge in Yalwata Wuji community
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Pitiable condition of residents in Yalwata Wuji community
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Residents decry lack of basic amenities
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A house in the community begging for reconstruction

 

The Commissioner described the report as a wakeup call to swing into action, not only in Yalwata, but also other communities with similar challenges.

The task team leader from the World Bank, Foluso Okunmadewa, also noted that the report had attracted the attention of the World Bank.

He said it necessitated the need for the bank to renew its partnership with the Nasarawa State government, which had been abandoned since 2013.

The World Bank official promised the residents of the community that a quick intervention to address their plights was underway.

World Bank Approves $140m For Nigeria Community Development

World-BankThe World Bank has approved $140 million additional support for community development in Nigeria.

Twenty six out of 36 states of the federation are to benefit from the project which will focus on the most vulnerable households in the country.

A statement by the Bank says the additional financing is expected to fund micro-project such as rehabilitation and construction of school class rooms, skills acquisition, environment, health, rural electrification, transport, water and rural market infrastructure amongst others.

Vulnerable groups that will benefit from the grants are internally displaced poor persons, marginalised or chronically poor households, widows and the physically challenged.

“This project will not only help vulnerable people including those in conflict-affected areas in the short term, but will also help build long-lasting partnership between local governments and communities.

“In addition, it will help integrate communities as well as make smart investments in people for the future,” the World Bank Task Team Leader for the project, Foluso Okunmadewa, said.

The first phase of the Community Social Development Project (CSDP) which benefited over 5,600 communities and about two million people in 26 states of the federation is to close in December 2014

The World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, said that a recent assessment of the Project showed that school enrolment, immunisation, and access to electricity and safe water had all increased in communities that benefited from CSDP.

“In this new phase, the project will focus mainly on the most vulnerable people, in line with the World Bank’s mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity,” Marie-Nelly said.  

The new phase of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) will end on December 31, 2017.

The grant is coming days after Nigeria was added to World Bank’s list of extremely poor nations of the world, a development that the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, insisted should not worry Nigerians.