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Fadama III, a success story - World Bank

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The World Bank, on Monday, in Abuja described the implementation of the Fadama III programme in Nigeria as a success story.

The bank's Fadama Task Team Leader, Dr Abimbola Adubi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the programme had created job opportunities, boosted rural infrastructure and enhanced conflict resolution.

He said the World Bank Country Director, Mr Onno Ruhi, was delighted with the implementation of the programme in the 36 states and the FCT.

"In the area of physical achievements, implementation of various sub-projects across the 36 states and FCT includes construction of 48 numbers of 174 km rural roads and 15 feeder roads," he said.
He added that 17 small bridges, 67 culverts and two dams were constructed.

Two dams, he said, were rehabilitated, while 129 agro processing items were purchased.

Adubi urged all stakeholders involved in Fadama III to be more committed to the full implementation of projects in order to attain the objectives of the programme.

He said that the total financial outlay for implementing the Fadama III in Nigeria was $450 million.

Adubi said out of the amount, the bank had so far disbursed $250 million, while $14.7 million had been accessed by benefitting states.

"In my view, the draw down is encouraging because some states have started disbursement and the submission of the study groups indicates that the states are spending the money in the right direction," he said.