Bauchi - The Bauchi Government on Thursday said it would disburse N10 million to 16 NGOs to help fight HIV/AIDS in the state.
Dr Abdulazeez Manga, the Chairman of the Bauchi State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria (BACATMA), disclosed this to media personnel in Bauchi.
Manga explained that the grant was for the HIV/AIDS development project going on in the state.
He said that N70 million was earlier disbursed as the first tranche to the benefitting NGOs to kick start activities of reducing the burden of the disease across the 20 local government areas in the state.
According to Manga, the second disbursement was as a result of monitoring and evaluation of activities to the NGOs.
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The chairman added that those that passed through the retiring process would receive another tranche to continue the project.
"The fund was divided into tranches; each NGO will retire what he was given in the first tranche before getting another one.
"The agency monitors and evaluates each NGO, as the first tranche amounted to N70 million, already some of them have completed and retired what they were given and the agency is satisfied with that, so they will get another one," he said.
Manga said that the project would run for two years, starting from 2014.