Katsina spends N5.9bn spent on MDG projects- Governor Shema

Ibrahim Shema, Katsina State Governor

About 3,000 boreholes were drilled in Katsina under the MDG programme.

The Katsina State Government said it has spent a total of N5.9 billion on the execution of projects under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) across the state.

The state governor, Ibrahim Shema, stated this when members of the House of Representatives’ Committee on MDGs visited him at Government House in Katsina on Friday.

He explained that N3.1 billion of the amount was the counterpart fund from the state for the MDGs projects, while the rest came from the national MDG office.

Mr. Shema disclosed that the state government had released N528 million as the state government’s contribution for the MDGs projects for the year 2013.

“The state government has also spent N600 million to boost water supply, education and other MDGs-related projects in some selected local government areas of the state,’’ he said.

The governor also disclosed that a total of 68 health clinics were constructed and mobile ambulances introduced in rural areas, while 3,000 boreholes were drilled under the programme. He said other MDG projects executed included 257 VIP toilets, distribution of 33,000 treated mosquito nets and rehabilitation and resettlement of 200 VVF treated patients, among others.

Earlier, Alhassan Doguwa, the Chairman of House of Representatives’ Committee on MDGs, had said the committee was satisfied with the way MDG projects were executed in the state.

He expressed the committee’s appreciation of the state government’s efforts in the development of the education, health and poverty alleviation sectors.

Mr. Doguwa, who called on other states to emulate Katsina, assured that the committee would present the success of Katsina state on MDGs to an international forum on MDGs.

(NAN)


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