ADB cancels 80 percent projects in Nigeria 2003-09-01 02:00

  ABUJA, Aug. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Overwhelmed by complaints of failed water projects in Nigeria, the African Development Bank (ADB) has announced the cancellation of 80 percent of the projects in the most populous African country.

  ADB Vice President Bisi Ogunjobi made the announcement at the national workshop to draw up a policy on the new water initiative of "water for people, water for life" held in Abuja at the weekend.

  He acknowledged that most of the projects had been abandoned because of corruption and misdirection by benefiting state governments in the country.

  He denied that the bank meddled with the implementation of the projects and accused state government officials of trying to obtain gratification on some of the projects.

  "We know the problems we have with the projects," he said. "I promised to put Nigeria on intensive care. All non-functional projects have been canceled."

  Almost all states in the country have reportedly failed ADB-assisted water projects. Enditem


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