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SDGs gives N24bn conditional grant schemes to 23 states, FCT

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs), Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire Thursday disclosed that 23 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have received N24.4 billion from the Conditional Grant Schemes as incentive to invest more of their resources into areas of national development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)/Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs).

The fund, according to the MDGs boss, disbursed from 2015 till date, was introduced in 2007 with a 50 percent marching grant from the federal government and 50 percent from the participating states.

Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire, announced this while during the Ministerial Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She explained that the grants were targeted at education, health, water and sanitation projects “and aimed at executing pro-poor projects in a consultative manner with the beneficiaries.”

The MDGs boss said that the money was spent on the implementation of 732 water and sanitation facilities; 494 health facilities (new facilities and renovation/rehabilitation); 616 education facilities (new construction, renovation/rehabilitation of block of classrooms; 1,150 women and men were empowered/trained in vocational skills, such as sewing, knitting, detergent & pomade making among others.)

There were special intervention projects across the geo-political zones, an initiative, she affirmed, that was aimed at strategic investment to fast-track the achievement of the SDGs in Nigeria, she said.

Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire: “Between 2016 and 2021, a record number of projects have been implemented, aimed at providing essential services to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, by ensuring no Nigerian is left behind.”

“In the education sector, 8,008 classrooms were constructed and 305 renovated with furnishing to strengthen basic education across the country.

“A total of 4,845 Desktop and Laptop Computers have also been supplied to schools across the country for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training.

“In the health sector, 195 Health Centres, comprising Primary Healthcare Centres (PHC) and Mother and Child Centres (MCC) were constructed, complemented with the supply of 199 Intensive Care and Rural ambulances. About 257 incubators and 7,464 regular and automated hospital beds were supplied across your health facilities.

“In other cross-cutting sectors, OSSAP-SDGs constructed 66 Vocational and Skills Acquisition Centres; supplied 1,294 transformers; provision of 19,266 solar-powered streetlights; 300 Housing units for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Borno State; and 925 Solar Boreholes, in addition to several other interventions”, she added.

Orelope-Adefulire also spoke on some findings from 2020 voluntarily national review, indicating that from Nigeria’s 2nd Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2020 on SDG-3, while the country faces challenges on health outcomes, such as high rates of maternal mortality, there have been significant reduction in the under-five mortality rates (from 157 to 132).

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