Nigeria: insecurity blocks $ 150 million north-eastern water supply projects – Minister

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Hussein Adamu, blamed the delay in the execution of water projects in the northeast to insecurity.

The minister informed that the assistance of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to rural water supply and sanitation in the northeast could not be executed at the moment.

He revealed this while speaking in an interactive session with the House of Representatives committee on AIDS, loans and debt management on Thursday.

In a document presented to the Committee, the minister said the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) component of the program is funded by a loan of $ 150 million at the federal and state levels.

“The loan amounts for each of the project components are as follows: Federal Ministry of Water Resources, $ 5.9M, Adamawa State Government, $ 33M, Bauchi State Government, 29 $ Million, Borno State Government, $ 38 million, Gombe State Government, $ 16 million, Taraba State Government, $ 16 million, unallocated amount, $ 12 million.

“It should be noted that each state is directly responsible for the implementation of the program while the FMWR provides oversight and quality assurance.

“The whole program comprises the following three main components: service delivery, economic recovery and institutional strengthening”.

“The specific objective of the program is to improve the quality of life by increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable people to basic social services in water, sanitation, hygiene, health and education; livelihood opportunities, food security and a strengthened safety net system in affected states in the North East “.

He revealed, however, that although the implementing units at the state and federal levels are working tirelessly, they have not been able to meet the planned targets on time due to constraints. .

According to him, the first disbursement of funds was made eighteen (18) months after the signing of the loan agreement, which resulted in the delay of procurement activities.

He said another constraint was the lack of understanding of how the AfDB works initially, especially in states.

“The insurgency in parts of Borno and Adamawa states has made it difficult for service providers and program staff to access some LGAs and communities in both states.

“This should improve thanks to the recent government decision. Finally, without a doubt, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic is seriously contributing to delaying the implementation of the program,” he said.

The Minister further informed that the awarding of contracts for the provision of infrastructure had started in 2020 in the participating states and that the physical presence of the program was becoming noticeable and yielding the expected results.

“A series of procurement documents for the construction of additional facilities in the sector and participating states as well as for soft activities and livelihood support are currently under review by the AfDB”, a- he added.

Likewise, said the Minister, the Program for the Rehabilitation and Strengthening of the Resilience of Socio-Ecological Systems in the Lake Chad Basin (PRESIBALT) aims to reduce poverty in the region.

“This is a five-year regional program derived from the five-year investment plan of the Lake Chad Basin Commission drawn up after the round table conference in Bologna on April 4 and 5, 2014.

“The objective of the five-year investment plan is to improve the resilience of vulnerable populations who depend on the natural resources of the Lake Chad basin in Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Chad,” he said. he adds.

After the submission, the chair and committee members, Representative Dayyabu Safana (APC-Katsina) and other committee members congratulated the Minister on the submission.

The President reiterated that, the essence of the interaction was to verify and benefit Nigerians from where the approved loans are used.


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