We’ll fast-track the release of $110m Islamic Development Bank loan – Masari
Gov Masari secures $110m for Katsina, hope for more from Islamic dev’t Bank
Governor Aminu Bello Masari says government will Fast track the release of the facility granted by Islamic Development Bank-IDB for an all inclusive healthcare delivery in the state
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari was speaking during a courtesy visit to the Regional Hub Manager of Islamic Development Bank-IDB, Dr Mayero Niang in Abuja.
The Governor told the Bank officials that Katsina state had been left behind in benefitting from the activities of the bank but noted that it was not the fault of the bank.
He assured that the state government will speed up efforts to catch up with other states in the projects being finance by IDB.
Apart from the facility on health for katsina state, Alhaji Aminu Masari explained that he and some other members of the executive council were at the bank to look for other windows for projects that are rural based.
This, he said was why he created a new ministry of rural development because Katsina is still a rural State.
He told the bank officials that Katsina state was recently affected by banditry and other forms of insecurity, saying it was largely caused by neglect of rural areas.
The Governor further explained that climate change too had affected the livelihood of the ruralites, which made forests not able to support their lives.
Alhaji Aminu Masari revealed that Government is trying to address the problems holistically through revival of provision of education and agriculture with emphasis on the livestock sub sector.
Government, he said will intervene in Qur’anic schools, adding that a headcount is now being made on the Almajirci system to ascertain the number of indegenes, those from other states and the pupils from neighboring Niger Republic.
On agriculture, he said livestock Development was at its lowest ebb as water points have silted as a result of the climate change.
Alhaji Aminu Masari announced that the state used to have a diary in Runka of safana local government where milk was then being send to secondary schools and the excess send to Kano for sales.
The Governor expressed the hope that the bank will come in and support Katsina state government to rehabilitate the Diary and establish new ones.
Responding, the Regional Hub Manager Dr Mayero Niang told Governor Aminu Masari that the federal ministry of finance had vetted the facility to be granted to Katsina state on health projects.
What remain, he said was for Katsina state government to make feasibility study on the projects available to the bank.
He said apart from the present facility, the bank is interested in supporting Katsina state government in the education and livestock sub sectors to overcome armed banditry and integrate Almajirai to become active members of the society in which they lived.
Dr Mayero Niang told Governor Masari that they hope to replicate Kano Agriculture project in Katsina state as they have the same terrain.
He agreed to share documents with Katsina on water projects to be finance too on rural communities, adding that community driven approach will be adopted in Katsina on capacity building for the agriculture sub sector.
On his part, the Assistant Regional Hub Manager for operation, Dr Mahmoud Kamala had spoken at length on the facilities available and the performance of the bank in Nigeria.
He announced the granting of the one hundred and ten dollars facility to Katsina state for healthcare projects in the State.
Both commissioners of health, Engineer Nuhu Yakubu and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Mahmoud kanti as well as the chief of staff Alhaji Muntari Lawal also added their voices during the courtesy call at IDB.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur
Government House Press Centre Katsina