Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Niger to Spend Extra N1.7 Billion on MDGs

The Niger State government will spend additional N1.7 billion on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conditional Grant Scheme, (CGS) second track in four local government areas and special Conditional Cash Transfer for extremely poor households in Niger state.

The Director-General of the state MDGs, Joshua Bawa, who stated this in Minna yesterday, said that the CGS second track for the four local government would cost N800 million.

While adding that the special conditional cash transfer would be N300 million, he explained that the sum of N1.1 billion would be contributed at N550 million each by the state and the federal government.

He said that the second track MDG-CGS would focus on Edati, Katcha, Rafi and Agwara local government areas and 1,875 extremely poor households are to benefit from it.

Bawa said Niger state was among the 18 states in Nigeria selected by the MDG office at the federal level to benefit from the special cash transfer aim at improving the economic well-being of extremely poor households in Nigeria.

According to him the state was the first out of the states selected to have paid its counterpart funds to fast track the take-off of the scheme, which would boost the state government's drive to alleviate extreme poverty.

He further explained that the state had paid its counter- part fund of N300 million for the 2011 second track of the CGS which 95 communities in three local governments, Lavun, Munya and Wushishi had benefited from.

The DG said the area of focus for the scheme would be Water, Sanitation, Health, Education and Governance investment.

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