Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The World Bank in Collaboration with Kogi State Government is soon to expend about N9.78 million on provision of a clinic and borehole for rural vulnerable group, Ihingeba-Ono-Bihu in Tuturu, Kogi Local Government.
The General Manager, Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Mallam Momoh Dauda disclosed this at the flag-off of the project for the vulnerable group including Widows, orphans and People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) in Tuturu on Monday.
Dauda said the micro projects intervention being executed under the World Bank Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) Additional Financing, would gulp N9,786,787.50k.
Dauda who was represented at the occasion by Mrs Berida Ebunola, Acting Manager, Finance and Administration of the CSDA said the Health Centre and water projects would take N4,848,102.00k and N4,938,675.00 respectively.
He hinted that the group approached the agency for the intervention projects in October, 2018 to address challenges encountered by the vulnerable in accessing health facilities adding that all due processes were followed before the approval culminating in the flag-off.
The group, according to him, is to contribute five per cent of the total sum and is to execute the project through its Group Project Monitoring Committee (GPMC) within a eight weeks.
Presenting a cheque of N1.3 million as first tranche of the N4.8 million for the health centre to the group, the General Manager said, “It will be a glorious thing for us to see the clinic in place at the end of the eight weeks.”
The GPMC chairman, Mr Sunday Okuegha promised to see to the successful completion of the project saying that accessing health facilities posed a serious challenge to the group hence the resolve to approach the Agency.
“The problem is that once anyone of us is sick or there is an emergency, the only place we can go from here is either Koton-Karfe or Lokoja and there are both a long distance from here considering our challenges.
“By the grace of God, we will build it and sink the borehole immediately after construction of clinic building, government will provide us with personnel to man the centre and we will be very happy”, Okuegha said.