By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government has said that it has reached 95% implementation of projects being founded by her development partners in all sectors of its economy.
Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Muhammad Sani, disclosed this at a coordination meeting with all the state’s development partners organized by his ministry.
According to him, “major donor funded projects in the state moved from an average implementation of 30% to 95% as a result of a committee put in place by the state governor to ensure smooth implementation of donor funded projects, in order to clear every challenge/constraints that may mitigate our partners in supporting us.
“This can clearly be seen with the completion of the Zaria Water Project which was commissioned on the 27th May, 2017.
“In order to ensure budget credibility and improve citizen’s confidence in governance, this government has improved capital budget performance from a dismal figure of less than 30% to an appreciatable level of over 69%, the first in the history of the state.”
The commissioner noted that despite the fact that the administration came at a time when the National Economy is faced with myriads of challenges and low revenue, the state was able to achieve more than the era of economic boom in the previous years.
He explained that the reason for the coordination forum is for all the partners to meet and discuss on how to achieve concrete results and avoid duplication of resources.
He therefore, commended all partners, including United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for their firm commitment in supporting the state, adding, “UNICEF has done well for us as well as other development partners.”
Other Commissioner who were also in attendance unanimously applauded the development partners for torching virtually every sector of the state especially the Health sector which is currently enjoying about 70% of donor funds coming to the state.
They said, as a result of donor funds, the Primary Health Care (PHC) system is significantly doing well, which has led to the current staff recruitment of health workers that will man the 255 PHCs in the state.
In his response, Dr. Idris Baba, HIV/AIDS Specialist with UNICEF Kaduna, who also represented all UN donor Agencies at the meeting, reiterates UN’s commitment to continue to support the state.
Dr. Baba, noted that Kaduna State has place itself ahead of other States in the country in the implementation of donor projects and prompt releases of counterpart funds.