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World Bank ranks Anambra best

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Applauds state’s project implementation

WORLD Bank has ranked Anambra State the best in project implementation and execution in the entire South East and South-South geopolitical regions of Nigeria.

Country Director of World Bank in Nigeria, Rachid Benmessoud made this known yesterday stating that Anambra was rated overall best ahead of other states which had attracted even more funding by the global finance agency in the area of development project execution and implementation in both South East and South South.

According to him, the state came out tops from the current annual review of programmes by World Bank in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Finance aimed at appraising the success of its interventions in the country, noting that the bank committed over $10 billion in development projects financing throughout Nigeria.

Benmessoud also said that Anambra State was rated higher than some states which even benefitted more from World Bank interventions.

Welcoming Benmessoud and his delegation, Gov. Willie Obiano expressed his delight with the global finance agency’s rating of the state, lauding it for some of its interventions in financing special development projects in Anambra State and called for more World Bank assistance in the fight against erosion.

The governor made this known at Governor’s Lodge Awka while receiving Benmessoud-led World Bank team in the state as part of their Country Programme Portfolio Review in the South East and South South geopolitical zones.

According to him, the bank had intervened in the state development matrix by funding special projects in the education, agriculture and other critical sectors of economy, adding that World Bank is presently assisting in 12 anti-erosion work o out of a total 976 sites in the state.

The governor further disclosed that farmers in the state are now engaged in all-year, non-seasonal agricultural production due to World Bank support in irrigation projects, stressing that his administration works round-the-clock to ensure full realisation of vital objectives of global donor agency through judicious use of funds and project implementation.

Also contributing, Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mark Okoye, stated that the World Bank has been a fundamental partner to the state, contributing about 15percent funding to the annual budget of the state.

He also pledged the support of the Project Management and Monitoring Agencies of the state to assist the team as they embark on the assessment of projects.

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