States to ac­cess $500m W/Bank health fund

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

States the fed­er­a­tion would soon ac­cess the $500 mil­lion World Bank health fund meant for the de­vel­op­ment of health fa­cil­i­ties.

The chair­man of the Nige­ria Gover­nors Fo­rum (NGF), Ab­du­lazeez Yari, dis­closed this to State House cor­re­spon­dents yesterday af­ter the fo­rum re­ceived pre­sen­ta­tions from fed­eral min­istries, de­part­ments and agen­cies as well as such in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment part­ners as the United Na­tions Pop­u­la­tion Fund and the World Bank.

Yari, who is the gover­nor of Zam­fara State, stated that the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Fed­eral Min­istry of Health hand briefed the fo­rum on how to

of ac­cess the fund.

He said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari or­dered the MDAs to make pre­sen­ta­tions to the NGF to know where the gover­nors ought to come in for the bet­ter­ment of the states.

He said the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), Em­manuel Kachikwu, briefed the fo­rum on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the cor­po­ra­tion, adding that other agen­cies would do same.

Ac­cord­ing to Yari, the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) will next month brief the gover­nors fo­rum on the is­sue of mul­ti­ple tax­a­tion.

Edo State Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole said with the pre­sen­ta­tion the

by NNPC GMD on the on­go­ing re­forms in the cor­po­ra­tion, the NGF now has a re­newed con­fi­dence that the cor­po­ra­tion would run “like a busi­ness out­fit, good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and trans­parency.”

Oyo State Gover­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi said:

“We must first and fore­most com­mend the pres­i­dent for the ini­tia­tive in bring­ing us to­gether to in­ter­act with var­i­ous com­pa­nies that is NNPC, in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment part­ners who are show­ing us all the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for each state to lever­age upon.”

Ogun State Gover­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun said the pre­sen­ta­tions re­ceived would set the tone for to­day’s meet­ing of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil (NEC).

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