MDGs record successes in Nigeria – Operators

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ABUJA – Reports from various states across the country have shown that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have recorded tremendous success in Nigeria.

Alhaji Mohammed Yaro, the Director MDGs in Kano State, said the goals had constructed paediatric and maternity wards in 26 primary health centres in the state within the period.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Kano, the director said the state government provided boreholes, supplied drugs and other medical equipment in the centres.

“The projects were executed by the Federal and state government on the platform of MDGS programme in 2011.

“The state government invested in three of the eight agenda of MDGs namely: health sector, water and sanitation and primary education’’ he said.

According to him, the government has purchased and distributed ambulances to general hospitals in Bichi, Dambatta, Gwarzo, Wudil, Bagwai local government areas.

Yaro said the state government had also renovated and provided drugs to three other primary health centres in Gabasawa, Garun-Malam and Takai local government areas.

“In health and education sectors of the programme, Garun-Malam local government area got 160 projects, while Gabasawa and Takai got 159 and 149 projects respectively’’, he said.

In Katsina State, the Permanent Secretary In-Charge of MDGs, Alhaji Isyaku Dikko, said the goals had also been successful in the state.

Dikko said in an interview with NAN that the office, which was established in 2007, had impacted positively on the lives of people, particularly in the rural areas of the state.

“We have done something about poverty eradication, education, water supply, health and hygiene, among others,’’ he said.

Dikko said the MDGs had established 1,115 boreholes, six semi-urban water supply schemes and 80 maternal and child clinics across the state.

“Others projects include the construction and rehabilitation of 42 primary schools and provision of instructional materials to some selected primary schools in the state,’’ he said.

According to him, others projects are construction of latrines, training and empowerment of 300 Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) patients and supply of 33,000 treated mosquito nets to prevent malaria.

Dikko urged the benefitting communities to always imbibe maintenance culture in ensuring the durability of the facilities in their domains.

In Kwara, Mr Ope Saraki, the Special Assistant to Gov. AbdulFatah Ahmed on MDGs, said many communities in the 16 local government areas of the state benefited from various projects of MDGs.

According to Saraki, some of the projects completed are toilets, motorised boreholes, renovated health centres, medical equipment and instructional materials for schools, among others.

He said 150,000 insecticide mosquito nets were provided to communities in all the local government areas, while ultra sound scanning machines were given to 32 health centres in the state.

Saraki said 78 communities benefited from solar powered boreholes, while 13 general hospitals got the supply of modern medical equipment and 13 ambulances.

Nonetheless, Saraki noted that most of the MDGs projects had not been completed due to inadequate release of funds.

Mr Garba Ajiya, the MDGs Focal Person in Taraba, said the MDGs office in the state, had provided healthcare units and maternity clinics in each of the council wards in the 16 local government areas of the state.

“This is to address the three health related goals which include; reduction in child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases,’’ he said.

Ajiya explained that the major area of concern was inadequate manpower in the health sector in the state.

He said the office had constructed classrooms, boreholes and trained women and youths in various trades. [eap_ad_1] lateau, the state government said it had achieved 92 per cent success in MDGs implementation.

Mr Peter Gai, the Project Coordinator, Project Support Unit of the MDGs in Plateau, said in an interview that the achievements were made in the areas of poverty reduction, provision of healthcare services, provision of potable water, sanitation and primary education.

“We have been able to train people in various trades; for instance, we have recruited and trained people as village health workers who receive N15, 000 monthly.

“So far, we have empowered 12 cooperative groups with a grant of N500, 000 each to enable them improve their businesses,’’ he said.

Gai said 2,250 rural poor persons were being paid N5, 000 monthly for a period of one year to enable them to send their children and wards to schools on the platform of MDGs Conditional Cash Transfer.