Gov. Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State said on Tuesday that more than N11 billion had been spent on various MDGs projects across the state from 2007 to date.
Yuguda stated this at the launching and disbursement of the MDGs Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) under its 2012 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) at Gwaram, Alkaleri, Local Government Area of the state.
He said that out of the amount, the Federal Government had contributed more than N5.8 billion, while the state government contributed N5.1 billion.
“The MDGs/CGS programme was a collaborative effort between the Federal and the state governments aimed at meeting the eight goals globally agreed to, among other things, eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education and reduce child morality.
“The programme is totally aligned with the overall goals of my administration.
“There are presently over 1,200 operational primary health centres in the state.
“Work is also ongoing at the new ultra-modern 300-bed specialist hospital in Bauchi; 110-bed general hospital at Zaki; 60-bed cottage hospitals at Yuguda and Bununu, as well as other numerous primary health centres all over the state.
“These have been achieved through the MDGs scheme under a joint funding arrangement between Bauchi State and the Federal Government.”
In the education sector, Yuguda said that 65 secondary schools had been renovated and upgraded, while under the basic education programme, more than 1,120 classrooms were constructed and 416 renovated.
The governor also said that in its efforts to alleviate poverty, the state government had through the skills acquisition and economic empowerment programme, trained and empowered over 50, 000 youths and women across the state.
Earlier, Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, the chairman, Bauchi State Implementation Committee of the CCT scheme, said that N375 million was approved for the 2012 scheme under a 50 to 50 funding arrangement between the state and federal governments.
He said that 2,250 poor households had been selected from five benefiting local government areas of the state; namely Alkaleri, Ganjuwa, Jama’are, Toro and Warji.
He said that each household would receive N5,000 monthly for 12 months and would be trained on a particular trade or vocation within the period.
“At the end of the 12 months, the beneficiaries would be provided with a capital of N70,000 to start a trade, but on the condition that their children, especially girls, will be enrolled in schools.
“And also their pregnant women and children would attend clinics and receive required immunisations.”
Also speaking, Mrs Precious Gbeneol, Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on MDGs, commended Yuguda for his prompt payment of counterpart fund for execution of MDGs projects in the state.
She said that 56,000 poor households would benefit from the 2012 CCT scheme across the country.
“At the end of the day, over 224,000 basic school age children who were in danger of dropping out of school would have been prevented from doing so,” she said.
She called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to improve their lives and that of their households.
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