Lagos: Residents express fear as World Bank plans to suspend slum development project - disnaija.com
By Citizens platform
The Residents of some slums in Lagos State have expressed fear over purported plans by the Nigerian office of the World Bank and the state government to suspend the funding of the Lagos Metropolitian Development & Governance Project (LMDGP) worth $ 200million (N3.2 billion).
The project was designed to upgrade the low level of the human, social and infrastructural base of the communities such as Amukoko, Ajegunle, Agege, Badia, Ijeshatedo, Iwaya, ilaje, Bariga and Makoko.
However, the coalition of civil societies under the auspices of Centre for Public Opinion Monitoring (CENPOM) and Conscience Nigeria were received by the Lagos state House of Assembly to discuss the status of the project amidst alleged moves by the World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie Nelly to stop the funding of the project.
According to the representatives of the Coalition Comrade Tosin Adeyanju and Affez Abiodun, while the Lagos state Government ,the beneficiary of the loan and the Federal Ministry of Finance which executed the loan agreement of the project had supported the continuation of the project through extension for another 18 months ,a move said to be supported by the Internal Task Team of the Bank, the Country Director has blocked the extension, preferring to transfer the remaining funds in the project to another one.
The World Bank was said to have hinged its planned withdrawal on the slow disbursement and the recent demolition of illegal structures by squatters carried out by the Lagos state Government on Badia area of the state, insisting that the state Government must compensate the affected persons.
Submitting the Communique of their meeting to the Management of LMDGP, the group under the auspices of a Coalition of Civil society groups in Support of Slums Rehabilitation in Lagos urged the Governor Raji Fashola to engage the World Bank for purposes of extending the project beyond its expiry date of September 2013.
Receiving the group, the Communication Consultant to the Project Mr. Michael Ilesanmi pledged to pass the message of the civil society groups to the Management and allayed fears of any abandoned project. He said the project was still implementing its mandate in the slum areas.
Source: Citizens Platform
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