Federal government has disclosed that seven states, comprising Bauchi, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau are to benefit from the first tier of the World Bank $700 million loan for specific water projects in the country.
Minister of water resources, Sulaiman Adamu, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential communications team.
According to him, the states will access between $50 or $60 million having met the criteria set by the World Bank to do so.
He said, “Some certain criteria were set up by the World Bank and us. And the states had to meet this eligible criterion. And the projects are submitted into tier one and tier two. Tier One is for those that will get a substantial amount, maybe $50, $60 million for the urban schemes.
“For the P-WASH (Plan-Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Action Plan, is the rural component and it is going to the state specifically. Some are going as a grant while some of it is going to some specific projects. And like I said, there are eligible criteria that states ought to have met. It is not all the 36 states. There are conditions attached on which basis that this money is going to be disbursed.
“So the whole thing has not been finalised yet, but what we have is an approval in general from the World Bank specifically for this, there’ll be some realignments here and there and that’s something that we’re going to be working on between our ministry, Ministry of Finance and the World Bank.”
The minister said the federal government is working on 116 ongoing and abandoned projects in the ministry. He added, however, that 38 irrigation, 458 water supply schemes and 37 dams and reservoirs have been completed.
Adamu also said the federal government has declared that the days it was Father Christmas in terms of providing water projects in states are over.
He announced that the maximum commitment to states henceforth will be 30 percent as it has been discovered that some states are deliberately laidback and unwilling to do their parts in maintaining projects in their state.
He mentioned the case of Bayelsa State where a N6 billion Otuoke water project meant to serve 13 communities of 120,000 people, was locked up by the state government because it claimed it cannot afford the N2 or N3 million a month to provide diesel, pay for staff and chemicals.
Adamu said: “Well, normally when we are planning projects, what we call project justification, the document of the project tells you how many people will enjoy the water facility, in most of the memos that we present to council we also provide that information.”