Adamawa State Government got N77bn credits from World Bank. This was revealed by The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Umar Buba Bindir who was invited by the Adamawa state House of Assembly has on Monday alongside Commissioner of Finance and four other top official of the state government to appear before the House on Tuesday and explain some activities of the state government which the House seemed to have no adequate information about and to explain the whereabouts of N6bn that allegedly got into the accounts of the state.
Bindir throughout his explanations to the House, dodged talking about the N6bn in question.
“Mr. Speaker, I am happy to report to the house through you that we have eight projects through which Adamawa state gets resources from the World Bank. The first is RAMP (Rural Access and Mobility Project), for constructing rural roads”. Dr. Bindir Said.ADVERTISEMENT
“The money we get from the World Bank is a Credit and it is $50m at N360 per Dollar, it is equivalent to N18bn. RAMP is a unit implemented under a government agency in the ministry of Rural infrastructure.
The second is the credit drawn from the World Bank for implementing Primary Health Care project, which too, is a $50m credit, equivalent to another N18bn. And the PHC is under the ministry of Health” He added.
The SSG also mentioned the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA), Fadama Project and Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) which got credits of N1.08bn, N4.212bn and N6.48bn respectively.
Other World Bank’s projects according to the SSG include; State Education Project Investment Program (SEPIP), Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) and a sectorial program which also have credits of N8.3bn, N5.04bn, and N16.2bn respectively.
The sectorial program is a package from the World Bank dedicated for the three frontline states; Adamawa, Yobe, and Borno. And the share for Adamawa is $54m equivalent to N16.2bn. Explained the SSG.
“Now, all these packages are at various levels of implementation and that the World Bank’s Projects are not implemented the way we do our own here”. Bindir explains.ADVERTISEMENT
“They have a Project Finance Monitoring Unit (PFMU) in the Office of the Accountant General” who take care of how much is withdrawn, when and how much is left.
“I guessed Mr. Speaker I have to apologize; because of the time I was given to appear here, I was unable to get the PFMU to reveal details of how much was withdrawn and how much is left”.
The SSG also explained that the YESSO is aimed at empowering the youth beneficiaries with N7,500 monthly to which the state government will contribute N750 for each N7,500 paid.
The YESSO program has not been started because the state government is still planning of how to get the N750 it is required to contribute for each N7,500 to be paid according to the SSG.
In response to the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Rufa’i Umar representing Gombi constituency who said the PHC clinics are not in good condition and don’t even have laboratories despite the huge amount invested by the World Bank, the SSG said;
“Adamawa state is among the best states in the implementation of PHC projects in Nigeria”.ADVERTISEMENT
The SSG also disclosed that many of these projects are not initiated by the current administration.
“When we came in, RAMP was in operation, the PHC was in operation, NACA was nearly concluded, the Fadama project was in operation,…”
“Therefore again for the appropriation of these, Mr. Speaker I have to check the documentation with the executive Chairman of Planning Commission and the Commissioner of Finance to ensure that.
They are the ones who budget the capital receipts”. He added.
The SSG finally offered to the House to make available before them, the heads of these agencies and parastatals who according to him can give the required details of their respective projects and status of the funds.
The Speaker of the house ordered the SSG to provide the appropriate staff of these agencies before the Honorable House between Monday and Wednesday at 10:00am. “They should come with every detail of their agencies”. The Speaker added.