From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The General Manager of Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Mallam Momoh Dauda on Thursday said over 200,000 rural dwellers are to benefit from the Agency’s micro projects before the end of this year.
The General Manager disclosed this at the opening of a two-day training organised for Community and Group Projects Management Committees (CPGMCs) on project management in Kabba, Kogi State.
Dauda said that the Agency currently had 110 micro projects drawn from 55 Community Development Projects (CDPs) under the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) on-going in communities across seven Local Government Areas of the state.
“Over 200,000 rural dwellers are benefitting from from this project”, he said, adding that the benefitting communities were selected from the State Poverty Map.
To this effect, he said that the State Government had between 2018 and date, partnered the World Bank with over N550 million contribution to facilitate the Agency’s interventions across communities in the state.
He said that most of the projects would be completed before the end of the year adding that the terrain of some communities could really hamper early or timely completion.
He charged the trainee CPGMC members not to compromise on standard as he urged them to ensure completion of the projects on time saying, “There are other poor communities waiting to access this fund.”
Dauda said that the Agency had got approval from the state government to add four more Local Governments to the existing seven and extend the interventions to more communities but was yet to get approval from the World Bank.
Chief Raphael Okomoda, chairman Board of Directors of the Agency reminded the CPGMC members that the CSDP concept adopted Community-Driven Development approach where communities were given the latitude to choose their projects.
He urged the committees to be open, transparent and accountable saying that their activities should not be shrouded in secrecy to give room for suspicion.
The Obaro of Kaaba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, represented by Chief Nelson Adeyemi, the Obarowo of Oweland, urged the committees to utilise the resources entrusted in their care for the purposes intended and be able to give proper account at all times.