Niger to invest N1tr in infrastructure
Nigeria State Government is set to invest N1 trillion in infrastructure development in the next two years. Governor Mohammed Bago disclosed this, yesterday, while declaring open a workshop on the Minna-Bida road project, co-financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), at the Government House, Minna.
The governor, who described the state as a gateway connecting the northern and southern parts of the country, maintained that developing the state’s infrastructure would be of immense benefit to the state and the country at large.
He appreciated the IsDB and ADFD for agreeing to co-finance the project. Highlighting the huge potential in the state, from its size to the presence of four hydro dams and eight national and international borders, he expressed concern that despite all the potential, insecurity and infrastructural deficit bedevil the state.
Bago called on development partners to support the state in the areas of security, health, education and agriculture, for it to attain an enviable height of development, adding that counterpart funds are available.
He had directed the Commissioner for Communication Technology and Digital Economy, Suleiman Isah, to engage telecommunication companies on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which would improve online education in the state.
The Team Lead, Alagi Basiru Gaye, disclosed that $163 million had been earmarked for the project out of which IsDB will provide $86.64 million, ADFD $44.76 million, while the state government provides $31.6 million.
Permanent Secretary, the state’s Ministry of Works, Hassan Etsu, commended the governor for his commitment to the continuation of the project as well as prompt payment of counterpart funds to development partners in the state.
In his opening remarks, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Abubakar Usman, had said the workshop would serve as an opportunity for participants to come together to understand how best to execute the Minna-Bida road project, describing the project as a significant milestone in development of the state.
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