The Department for International Development, DFID has increased the number of Local Government Areas benefitting from its projects in Benue State North Central Nigeria, from seven to ten.
DFID says the decision to increase the number of benefiting Councils followed the commitment and collaboration shown by the Benue State Government.
The Head of Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria, SHAWN, programme of DFID, Mr. Saaondo Anom confirmed this in a telephone conversation.
Mr. Anom said the counterpart funding provided by the state government had resulted in the provision of over two thousand boreholes, primary health care centres and toilets in different communities across the state.
He noted that the addition of the three Local Government Areas to benefit from the SHAWN programme was an indication that the entire state will soon be covered.
Mr. Anom said the programme is anchored in collaboration with the Benue State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (BERWASA).
Benue State Government recently approved about N200 million to be released to DFID for the execution of more SHAWN projects in the state.
Early last year, DFID and other international support organizations had suspended their partnerships with Benue State citing non payment of counterpart funds by the State Government as reason for their action.
Source: Voice of Nigeria