WORLD BANK has expressed commitment to sustain its partnership with Nasarawa State government through its assisted community development project to provide social amenities to improve the living standard of the rural populace in the state. The Task Team Leader, TTL, World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Project, Professor FolusoOkunmadewa made the commitment on Thursday during a meeting with representatives of the Nasarawa state government in Lafia, the state capital. Prof.Okunmadewa, who was also the head of mission to the state, explained that the team’s visit was aimed at interacting with the state government and identifying the challenges confronting smooth implementation of the project in the state, with a view to addressing such bottlenecks in line with the directive from the World Bank country director. He revealed that the bank was particularly touched by the story of a rural communities in the state, YelwataWuji, televised on Channels Television, which exposed the total absence of social amenities in the area, including a dilapidated primary school. “The World Bank was touched with what was televised on Channels Television concerning the plights of the people in YelwataWuji community of Nasarawa state” “We were worried initially at the seeming lack of interest on the part of the Nasarawa state government towards this partnership but good enough, the state Deputy Governor was in our office in Abuja the following day of the story of YelwataWuji community was televised
with the commitment to revive the partnership.” Earlier, leader of the Nasarawa State government team and Commissioner for Planning, Ibrahim Othman who restated government’s commitment on the partnership, pointed out that the state government was considering appointing government employees to fill the vacancies existing in the State Community and Social Development Agency to safe cost in view of the current economic downturn. “Government is also considering a downward review of remuneration of internal staffers of the state agency in line with the current economic situation,” the commissioner informed. Nigerian Pilot reports that the World Bank team was later led to YelwataWuji community by the state commissioner for planning to assess the living condition of the inhabitants of the community.

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