By Isiyaka Wunti
Participants at the Review of the implementation of Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme IBSDLEIP have been challenged to come up with a framework that will facilitate effective utilization of the two years project extension in Bauchi and other Northeastern States.
The African Development Bank supported programme in Collaboration with Federal Government was designed to support the Northeastern Sub region devastated by activities of insurgency to promote peace through improving quality of lives of people.
The two years extended project has three major components to include improving provision of healthcare services, Education Support as well as Technical Assistance towards the economic recovery and poverty reduction.
The ongoing construction of modern primary and secondary schools at Dagauda at Dambam local government, Duguri, Alkaleri local government and Mashema Itas-Gadau local government Communities which reached over eighty percent level of completion in addition to provision of Water Sanitation and Entrepreneurship Development are part of the project being executed in Bauchi State under the programme.
Declaring the occasion open at Yankari Games Reserve, Governor Bala Mohammed who expressed commitment in supporting the implementation of the project, emphasized the need for establishing a strong monitoring and evaluation framework towards the attainment of the desired goals.
Represented by Secretary to the state government Ibrahim Mulhammed Kashim, Governor Bala Mohammed appreciated the federal government and African Development Bank for the initiative and promised to complement the effort.
The Representative of African Development Bank Mr. John Sifuma disclosed that the bank has provided soft credit facility worth over two hundred and fifty million dollars for implementation of the project in five Northeastern states of Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba and Borno.
Also speaking the Coordinator Recovery and stability programme of Northeast Development Commission NEDC Mulhammed Danjuma while stressing the significance of the project noted that aside the insurgence activities, the Subregion was greatly affected by economic challenges brought by Covid-19 Pandemic.
The participants are expected to use the opportunity to inspect some of the ongoing and completed projects as part of the weeklong review programme.