Katsina to spend $110m IDB loan on 136 health cen­tres

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Katsina State Gov­ern­ment said it will spend a $110 mil­lion Is­lamic De­vel­op­ment bank (IDB) loan on con­struc­tion of 136 health cen­tres in the 34 lo­cal gov­ern­ments of the state.

It will also build a teach­ing hospi­tal for the three uni­ver­si­ties in the state, a nurs­ing school, an in­fec­tious dis­ease cen­tre among oth­ers from the loan.

De­fend­ing the loan re­quest be­fore the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mit­tee on debts man­age­ment yes­ter­day in Abuja, the state com­mis­sioner for health, Mariya Bala Us­man, said the loan agree­ment would be im­ple­mented un­der a 4-year pro­gramme.

“The pro­posed amount is equiv­a­lent to N34.5 bil­lion at the ex­change rate of N314 to a US Dol­lar,” she said.

She said if the state gov­ern­ment is able to im­ple­ment the loan agree­ment to the let­ter within the pe­riod, IDB would con­vert the loan to a grant, say­ing they have put ev­ery­thing in place to en­sure full im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“This loan will be used to fi­nance the Katsina State Health Sys­tem Pro­gramme, which is largely to ad­dress ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee chaired by Adeyinka Ajayi (APC, Osun) said from the presentation, it ap­peared the Katsina State Gov­ern­ment got its pri­or­ity right at a time when many states were bat­tling with health is­sues.

The panel also com­mended the Kaduna State Gov­ern­ment team led by the com­mis­sioner of fi­nance, Suleiman Ab­dul Kwari, for de­fend­ing the over N45.3bn for­eign loan pro­posal to be bor­rowed from the World Bank.

Mean­while, the panel asked the Ji­gawa State team led by the fi­nance com­mis­sioner, Umar Na­madi, to bring de­tailed break­down of how it in­tends to spend $32.4m, about N9.4bn, to be bor­rowed from the IDB.

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