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EXTRA: Minister does not remember the states that benefit from the World Bank’s 500 million dollar project

Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Minister of Women’s Affairs, could not list the six pilot states where a $500 million World Bank project will be implemented.

Kennedy-Ohanenye was a guest on Arise TV on Monday, where she accused the past administration of mismanaging the first tranche of the loan.

He initiative called Nigeria Project for Women (NWFP) is a strategic commitment between the World Bank and the Nigerian government to improve the livelihoods of women in the country.

The NFWP was initially approved on June 27, 2018 with Financing of 100 million dollars. However, in June 2023, the World Bank approved a $500 million expansion.

The bank said the expansion will help ensure better economic opportunities for women and ensure better education, health and nutrition outcomes for families; while building the resilience of women and communities to climate change.

Kennedy-Ohanenye said the previous administration “lavished” the fund on meetings, advocacy and consulting.

“Fortunately, President Tinubu quickly made me come up with a new structure on how that money will be used,” he said.

The minister asked the women to applaud Tinubu who was dissatisfied because the previous results did not align with his “Renewed Hope” agenda.

“When I came in with the first $100 million, I wasn’t satisfied. It did not bode well for the new president’s vision of the Renewed Hope agenda,” he said.

“It was mainly used for promotion, meetings, consulting and that was it. They shared it between the states.

“But remember the project is called ‘Project Nigeria for Women’ and as I understand it, it was supposed to be used for projects.”

The minister assured that, under her mandate, allocations would be equitable in all states.

When asked to list the six states where the implementation of the project will begin, he said: “I will mention a few because I really don’t know everything…

“The six states are Niger, Abia…” she began, before being interrupted by Reuben Abati, one of the presenters of the program.

“Don’t you know the six states where the program will take place?” -Abati asked.

“I don’t know everything,” the minister responded, before continuing to stutter.

“Listen to me, my dear brother, please…

“The six states are not the problem for me. “All states is what I’m focusing on.”

The six pilot states of the project are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Kebbi, Niger, Ogun and Taraba, with one state representing a geopolitical zone.

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