The federal government says seven states will benefit from the first tier of the World Bank’s $ 700 million loan for specific water projects.
The states are Bauchi, Delta, Ekiti, Imo, Katsina, Kaduna and Plateau.
Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, made this known Thursday during the weekly ministerial press briefing organized by the presidential communication team at the presidential villa, Abuja.
In May, the World Bank approved a $ 700 million credit facility which will help provide improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to 2,000 schools and health facilities, and help 500 communities achieve open defecation free status.
According to Adamu, the seven states will have access between $ 50 million and $ 60 million each.
“Certain criteria have been established by the World Bank and the government. And states had to meet the criteria. And projects are submitted to levels one and two, ”Adamu said.
“The first tier is for those who will receive a substantial amount, maybe $ 50.60 million for urban projects.
“For the P-WASH action plan (Plan – Water, sanitation and hygiene), it is the rural component, and it goes to the State specifically.
“Some go in the form of a grant, while others go to specific projects. And as I said, there are eligibility criteria that states should have met, not all 36 states. There are conditions on which this money will be disbursed.
“So not everything has been finalized yet, but what we have is blanket approval from the World Bank specifically for this, there will be realignments here and there and that’s something we’re going to be going on. work between our ministry, the finance ministry and the World Bank.
The minister said the federal government is working on 116 ongoing and abandoned water projects.
He added that 38 irrigation systems, 458 water supply systems, 37 dams and reservoirs have been completed.