By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Thursday said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS) projects have contributed to improving of healthcare provision in Kaduna State.
The Governor expressed this when his Deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex represented him at the Official Commissioning of MDGs 2014/2015 Grants Conditional Scheme Project (GCSP) held at Primary Health Baking Kasuwa, along Kaduna-Abuja expressway, Kaduna state.
The Governor said, “the Kaduna State Government acknowledges the role and importance of the presiding Millennium Development Goals towards accelerating progress on our social development indicators.
“We are implementing the MDGs towards comprehensive sustainable development of our economic social and environmental dimensions.
El-Rufai stated that, “the projects help to meet the requirements for a reliable sustainable and improved provisions of primary healthcare in the state, it is helpful in our thrive to reduce the rate of matanal mortality in our dear state.
He explained that, “the Kaduna State Government in 2016 under the Conditional Grants Schemes, (CGS) received a grant in the sum of 600m, from the MDGs Abuja, the state equally provided 600m matching grants, thus the sum of 1.2 billion was provided in Kaduna state 2016 approved budget, today’s programme mark a milestone in human development and social welfare in Kaduna state.
The six critical projects being commissioned, has spread across 6 local government areas, Chukun, Igabi, Ikara, Kachia, Kubau and Kaura, to address the problems of vulnerable communities that avenge diseases, the projects were conceived during the MDGs days.
They consist of upgraded of primary healthcare facilities, construction of perimeter wall fence, construction of solar power boreholes, construction of toilet facilities, construction of staff quarter.
“The commitments of Kaduna state government in successful delivery of this projects involved their decision in providing 600m as matching in the 2016 budgets.
He commended the Senior Special Assistant to the President Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adetulire, for her personal understanding and support towards to the Kaduna State in completion of this projects in Kaduna state.
The major objective of the scheme is to support state and local governments areas to invest in pro-poor projects in order to accelerate progress on the MDGs goals.
Kaduna State has estimated population of 8.1 in 2016 projections from the 2006 census, an annual growth rate of 3.2% with 44% of the population under the age of 15 years and about 21% of the total population comprises women of reproductive age.
Piqued by the low health in Kaduna state, the new leadership in the state conducted a house survey, which was undertaken by the State Bureau of Statistics (BOS) on the need to ensure urgent and positive intervention in the health sectors.
The result of the survey shows an alarming rate of maternal deaths and therefore the need to ensure appropriate intervention in that regards.
Senior Special Assistant to the President Mohammadu Buhari, Mrs Adejoke Orelope Adetulire, and Deputy Governor of Kaduna state Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex commissioned the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2014/2015 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) with some Senior Government Officials.