Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari has said that his state would require about N115 billion to address the challenges in the health and education sectors.
The governor said this at the weekend in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists after a visit to the World Bank Country office in Abuja.
According to him, the state would need a minimum of N45 billion to put infrastructure for primary and secondary education.
“Then, in the health sector with 22 hospitals and over 30 healthcare centres, without even talking about clinics, by our estimate, we need nothing less than N70 billion because the employment of a consultant requires a lot of money,” he said.
Speaking with World Bank executives, Governor Masari said he visited them in order to get their support in his bid to restore the lost glory of the state, noting that it is backward in many areas, including maternal mortality based on the statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
In his remarks, the new World Bank Country Director, Mr Rachid Benmessaoud, who resumed duty last week, acknowledged the willingness to assist Katsina State.
Mr Benmessaoud, who noted the governor’s passion for the state and the country, said the key areas he wanted to address were critical to reducing poverty.