By Aisha Wakaso
The Niger State government has concluded plans to commence the execution of its Millennium Development Goals conditional grant scheme (MDGs-CGS) of 2012 approved for 2013 fiscal year.
Director General of MDGs in the state Dr. Joshua Bawa who stated this yesterday at a news conference in Minna said that MDGs- CGS which is counter funded by the federal Government and the state Government will gulp the sum of N1.013billiion.
Bawa said the state has completed its projects for the year 2011 explained that both the federal and the state government contributed 50 percent each to the fund which invariably made it mandatory for each of the tier of government to contribute N506.7Million.
The DG further explained that MDGs projects were usually one year behind schedule as no projects were carried out on instructions from the Federal Level in 2010 but only evaluation and monitoring which according to him made 2011 projects to be carried out in 2012 while that of 2012 will be carried out in 2013.
He stated that the projects approved to be carried out in the state are on water and sanitation as well as the health sectors and education, adding that 75 communities would be benefiting in line with the mandate of the Millennium Development Goals.
Bawa listed the projects to be executed under the water scheme as drilling of 60 solar powered boreholes, rehabilitation of 5 water booster stations in Minna to improve water supply in the state said the water booster pumping stations to be rehabilitated were that of Bosso Road, IBB tank Booster Hill top, INEC booster station, Top Medical booster station and Dutsen Kura Booster station.
He stated that expansion of the rural hospitals at New Bwari and Muregi would be carried out while works will be carried out at school of Nursing Bida and school of Health Technology Tungan Magajiya.