Gombe commits to secure $2.3m World Bank Projects

Abdullahi Idris, Gombe

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The overseeing officer of the Gombe State Water Board Eng. Abubakar Bappah reveled that, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yaya would pay 230,000 dollars counterpart funding for the benefit of Gombe state towards World bank Projects.
Bappah said many States across Nigeria were enjoying the World Bank program and some states were in the process of executing second Phase of the project.
Gombe State on the other hand was lagging behind because the immediate past administration of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo had been unable to pay the counterpart funding.
Gombe state government had chosen water supply projects at first stage even though the money was meant for many projects of choice of any beneficiary state, in the first Phase.
Bappah said: “the water projects includes Staff training on various stages, and purchase of working tools, those tools were purchased currently with the State Liaison officer.
Water projects alone will consume one million dollars, out of 2.3 Million Dollars allocated for the  projects in Gombe State, by the World Bank.
“Some are receiving training on Water Billing, also the organization received 2 Hellux van, 21 motorcycles which were distributed to Staff who working on water Billing.
World Bank is solely appointing consultants who would handle the training of Water Billing Staff, Enumeration, Mapping, and Engineering workers of the Gombe State Water Board, while the State government supervises the project execution. 
The counterpart funds will be paid in batches, as agreed by the two parties.”
The state government in the main time will appoint engineers who will work with consultants appointed by the world Bank to implement the projects.
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