The News: Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang has launched the World Bank-initiated Agro-Climatic Resilience Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project in Plateau State with a renewed pledge to ensure value for money on all projects and programs being executed in the state. He stated this during the launching of the program on Thursday, July 27 at Crispan Hotel Jos.
The Governor promised to complete all World Bank projects in the state irrespective of where they are sited in line with his administration’s resolve to positively make a difference in the improvement of the living conditions of the people.
Why it matters: Mr Mutfwang expressed optimism that when the projects are completed, they will generate employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state. He explained that the social register of the underprivileged people in the state would be revisited to capture people from rural communities who genuinely deserve the government’s assistance.
Hence, He thanked the World Bank for financing the projects even though it is a loan, he promised that it will be paid back and urged the Project Coordinators to make good use of the resources at their disposal to execute projects that will stand the test of time.
Know more: The World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chaudhuri expressed the Bank’s readiness to support the Plateau State Government in financing projects that will have a positive impact on the people.
He said the World Bank is willing to make life better for Nigerian citizens and to make the country more resilient in addressing issues of climate change, insecurity, land degradation, and water scarcity among others.
In addition, The Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba called for more collaboration between the government, Traditional rulers and citizens in addressing environmental issues that affect the state.
He said there is a need for synergy between the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Land and Survey and the Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) in tackling the issues of environmental degradation in the state.
What now: The Governor promised to complete all World Bank projects in the state irrespective of where they are sited in line with his administration’s resolve to positively make a difference in the improvement of the living conditions of the people.
He appeals to the Coordinators of these projects to ensure that they get value for money wherever these projects are cited. Stating that the (ACReSAL) project is about refilling the land to make it serve mankind.