From Andrew Ajijah, Jos
Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has launched the World Bank initiated Agro-Climatic Resilience Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project in the state with a renewed pledge to ensure value for money on all projects and programmes being executed.
Governor Mutfwang stated this during the official launch of the project in Jos, Plateau State capital.
He promised to complete all World Bank projects in state irrespective of where they are sited in line with his administration’s resolve to positively make a difference in the improvement of the living conditions of the people.
“I wish to appeal to the coordinators of these projects to ensure that we get value for money wherever these projects are sited. The (ACReSAL) project is about refilling the land to make it serve mankind.
“Without water, we cannot survive, therefore, we will ensure that water is appropriately channeled to places where there is no water so that we can have water to drink and for irrigation. There will be synergy among government ministries to ensure the proper delivery of these projects.”
Governor Mutfwang expressed optimism that when the projects are completed, they shall generate employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths of the state.
He applauded the World Bank for financing projects that have improved the nutrition of children and assisting the girl-child in the state to realize their dreams in life.
The Governor thanked the World Bank for financing the projects, even though, it is a loan that would be paid back and advised the project coordinators to make good use of the resources at their disposal to execute projects that will stand the test of time.
On his part, the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Shubham Chadhuri expressed the Bank’s readiness to support Plateau State Government in financing projects that will have positive impact on the people.
Mr Chadhuri said the World Bank is willing to make life better for Nigerian citizens and the country more resilient in addressing issues of climate change, insecurity, land degradation, and water scarcity among others.
Major agricultural products being produced in Plateau State were displayed at the event.