World Bank assists Nigeria’s poor communities with $320m

A World Bank funded Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) in Nigeria has said that the bank has provided about $320 million credit to assist the poor and vulnerable groups in the country.

Speaking at a meeting organized by the agency to adopt operational manual for the vulnerable groups in Ilorin, the Task Team leader of the CSDA in Nigeria, Professor Foluso Okunmadewa, added that the bank late last year, approved additional $75 million for the North-East region for resettlement of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) caused by insurgency in the region.

The CSDA’s task team leader said the project has gotten the support and endorsement of almost all the governors in the federation, she added that the state governments “have all put the structures, mechanisms in place to be able to access the funds”.

“As at about seven years ago a credit of $200 million was provided by the World Bank to the government of Nigeria and was used up until 2015 by 26 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). And this was exhausted and the then Federal Government requested for additional financing of $140 million.

“It was provided and became effective in 2016. All the 26 states that were in original project are now active in this new additional financing of $140 million. All the states have established agencies and are moving into the communities to do all the micro projects that the communities have put forward.

“I must say that as a result of the insurgency in the north-east and the desire by the Federal Government and the states in the region to have some more funds that can help in the resettlement and recovery of livelihood of people back in the rural areas. An additional request of $75 million was made by the federal government to the World Bank to put resources into this kind of project that seems appropriate to be used by these people as they go back.

“The $75 million was approved by the World Bank and Federal executive council was provided late last year. It will become effective any moment from now.  This additional $75 million is really dedicated to the north-east state and it will free more resources for the $140 million for the other states. If the other states were hoping before for instance, that they will have between six and seven million dollars from the $140 million, they can now have more funds.”

Prof Okunmadewa also said that “the project is one of the flagships of the World Bank in Nigeria. It is one of the projects that have achieved a lot of result and it has helped development in rural areas for poor and vulnerable groups in the country in the last couple of years.

“We were thinking that a state like Kwara noted to be very active and effective in the use of this mechanism, will benefit a lot from these resources and will benefit even more from this extra window that will be opened. This is a window that will provide resources for the vulnerable groups.”



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