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Rural Access Roads: World Bank to collaborate with Bauchi Govt

Christiana Gokyo, Jos

The World Bank, in collaboration with Bauchi state government, is to construct about 1,000 rural access roads across the state.

Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, made this known during a dinner organised for the executive of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) in Bauchi recently.

The governor assured that, all arrangements had been concluded between the state government and the World Bank to construct the roads across the state.

The rural access roads, he said, will enhance economic activities and development among the citizens and also improve the internally generated revenue of the state, and will also ease commercial movements and access from one rural market to another and movements to urban towns across the state.

According to him, the state government has already paid its N800 million counterpart funding to the World Bank, adding, the bank was working out the modalities towards starting the project.

Governor Abubakar also revealed that his administration had paid the counterparts fund religiously, considering the importance of the projects to the citizens and the development of the state.

He further assured that the state government has taken necessary measures to ensure sanity in the payment of gratuities to its retired workers.

“We have inaugurated a committee saddled with the responsibilities of payment of gratuities to retired workers, and it is also mandated to invite all beneficiaries to come out for physical verification and table payment,” the governor stated.

“This measure became necessary, in order to block all leaks in payment,” the governor stated, and assured that his administration had sustained the payment of salaries and pensions.

He explained that, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state has increased to 34 percent with the adoption of technology, and there is improvement in the revenue collection.

 

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