President Goodluck Jonathan will today at the launch of the Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS) of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the State House Abuja, symbolically hand out N22.6 billion to 113 Local Government Areas drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Each of the councils will receive N200 million and more than 25 million people will benefit from the initiative. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, at a pre-launch Press Conference weekend, said that three LGAs will benefit from each state including Abuja.
She said the LGAs selected had the worst indicators in meeting all the eight goals of the MDGs and were selected from each of the senatorial districts of the state. The statistics used as yardsticks in selecting the councils was provided by the National Bureau of Statistics, she said. Gbeneol said the scheme was put in place to fast-track the achievements of the MDGs in specific areas, notably education and health. The presidential aide disclosed that out of the N2.6 billion, the Federal Government would contribute N11.3 billion while the states and the local governments would also contribute same amount. She added that the scheme is also to build a sustainable foundation for effective service delivery in local communities. Gbeneol assured of Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring the attainment of the MDGs by 2015.