Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire revealed that Twenty-three of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory, or FCT, in Abuja, have each received N24.45 billion from the Conditional Grant Schemes as an incentive to devote more of their funds to the MDGs and SDGs as well as other areas of national development priority.
The fund, which has been disbursed since 2015, was established in 2007 with a 50/50 joint grant from the federal government and the participating states.
Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, revealed this yesterday at the Ministerial Media Briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. She added that the grants were intended for projects in the areas of water and sanitation, education, and health.
She claimed that the funds were used to build 732 water and sanitation facilities, 494 healthcare facilities (new construction and renovation/rehabilitation of existing facilities), and 616 educational facilities (new construction and renovation/rehabilitation of existing classroom buildings; empowerment/training of 1,150 women and men in vocational skills, such as sewing, knitting, detergent and pomade manufacturing, etc.).
The aide continued, “Between 2016 and 2021, a record number of projects have been implemented, with the goal of delivering essential services to hasten the achievement of the SDGs by guaranteeing that no Nigerian is left behind.
“Improving basic education across the nation, 8,008 new classrooms were built and 305 existing ones were restored and furnished.
In addition, 4,845 desktop and laptop computers for information and communication have been distributed to schools nationwide.
“However, 195 health centers, including Mother and Child Centers (MCC) and Primary Healthcare Centers (PHC), were built in the health sector, and 199 intensive care and rural ambulances were also provided. 7,464 normal and automated hospital beds as well as about 257 incubators were provided for the tour of medical facilities.
In addition to a number of other interventions, the OSSAP-SDGs built 66 vocational and skills acquisition centers, provided 1,294 transformers, provided 19,266 solar-powered streetlights, 300 housing units for internally displaced people (IDP) in Borno State, and installed 925 solar boreholes in other cross-cutting sectors.