The World Bank has earmarked N120 million for the execution of community development projects in Niger, the General Manager of Community and Social Development Projects, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar, has disclosed.
Addressing the maiden meeting of the board of the organisation in Minna on Monday, Abubakar said that only N38.7 million of the sum had been accessed by communities benefitting from 62 approved micro-projects.
He blamed the inability of communities to access the funds to non-adherence to the bank’s guidelines and slow execution of projects.
He said communities in Tafa, Gurara, Lapai, Gbako, Shiroro and Agwara local government areas were in the first phase of beneficiaries, while 17 other local government areas were scheduled to benefit in the second phase.
Abubakarsaid that in spite of the agency’s laudable achievements, it was facing many challenges, including councils not remitting their counterpart funds for projects.
He said such situation had led to the suspension of one local government from participating in the programme.
The board chairperson, Hajiya Indo Tanko, urged all staff to be proactive in the discharge of their duties, warning that the board would not tolerate indiscipline and indolence on the part of workers.
She directed the general manager to ensure that the staff restricted themselves to their schedules to avoid the overlap of responsibilities and unnecessary conflicts.
“With our motherly touch and because the project is to attend to the problems of the downtrodden, we will not leave any stone unturned to get the required results.’’