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Information Minister Lai Mohammed lists around N300 billion loan from World Bank as Buhari’s achievement in 2021

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, listed the 100 achievements of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2021.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos on Thursday, Mohammed said that despite the challenges of 2021, the administration has made “enormous” progress in tackling insecurity and growing the economy.

He listed a $700 million (about N300 billion) credit facility from the World Bank as part of the administration’s achievements.

“Construction of 159 rural water supply systems in the northeast, camps for displaced persons and some federal institutions and establishments,” the minister said.

“Full implementation of Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) programs with the construction of 926 rural water supply systems in 12 states of Imo, Katsina , Jigawa, Plateau, Zamfara, Sokoto, Ondo, Osun, Delta, Bauchi, Kaduna and Gombe states.

“World Bank Guaranteed Loan for Sustainable Urban and Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene (SURWASH) Program in the amount of $700 million to be disbursed to eligible states.”

In May, the World Bank approved a $700 million credit facility that will help provide improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to 2,000 schools and health care facilities, and help 500 communities achieve open defecation free status.

The states are Bauchi, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau.

Mohammed added that despite the long list of achievements of the Buhari-led government, insecurity was a major challenge.

He however explained that the Nigerian Armed Forces have recorded some success using a combination of kinetic and non-kinetic operations, coupled with a review of strategies.

This, he said, led to the neutralization of more than 1,000 terrorists, the rescue of 2,000 civilians and the surrender of more than 22,000 terrorists, including their families, in the North East.

He noted that many weapons and ammunition were also recovered, adding that several bomb factories of the terrorists were destroyed.