KTSG to partner CISLAC for health programmes

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By; SULAIMAN AHMED MISAU, Katsina.
Katsina State Government said it would make financial provision in the next year’s budget to access funds under the health programme of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC).
Governor Aminu Bello Masari disclosed this during a three hour interactive session with 13 representatives of Development partners led by the state chairman of civil liberty organizations, comrade Bashir Usman Ruwan Godiya at Government House, Katsina.
According to the governor, the state government would provide 180 million naira needed as counterpart funds to access the sum of 820 million naira set aside by CISLAC under UNICEF funded programme.
The Governor urged donour agencies to make disclosure of their funded projects to avoid duplication between them and the state government.
He also revealed that a directive had been given for the establishment of an office in the ministry of health to coordinate activities of donour agencies in the health sector.
AMasari disclosed that last year, the sum of 100 million naira was spent for refuse clearance in major cities across the state.
The Governor urged donors agencies to focus attention on reducing breeding of mosquitoes in cities through evacuation of heap of refuse.
He drew the attention of development partners on the need to inculcate communal ownership of projects.
Alhaji Aminu Masari pointed out that in view of financial challenges, it was resolved that all staff on contracts would receive their July salaries by cash to identify their actual number for sustainability in the payments.
The Governor assured the development partners of the government’s readiness to maintain an open door policy to attract the desired development to the state.
Earlier, the state chairman of coalition of civil society organization, Comrade Bashir Ruwan Godiya suggested that the interactive session be convened on quarterly basis.
Godiya expressed appreciation for the open door policy
initiated by Masari led administration as that would allow people to remain informed on key areas of education, health, agriculture, water supply and security, which are the top priority of the APC led administration in the state.

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