By EZEKIEL DONTINNA
THE World Bank Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) Task Team Leader, Nigeria, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, has rated Plateau State high, describing it as the best in the country in terms of CSDP and stands the chance of benefiting from another round of the World Bank intervention.
He stated this yesterday, while on a visit to the Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency (PLCSDA) Jos, where he also with met eleven council chairmen implementing CSDP at the Board Room of the Agency in Jos, the state capital.
The Task Team Leader, who was visiting the state project for the first time since 2009, said, Plateau State has a very solid team and there was no point visiting a performing state like Plateau State which has been wonderful, and only states who have challenges.
He said, “I used the opportunity of seeing the best CSDA office in Nigeria. Plateau State on CSDA as of today has the best and well equipped offices, it is clear that the state is doing well and one area is the partnership with the local government. It is not usual or visible in other states seeing this partnership.”
“It is true that the credit that is supporting this work will close June 2020, but as you know, this an Agency of Government establishment by law. So, this agency is not going to close and the partnership with the World Bank is not going to close. The world Bank wants to sit with government and agree on another of support to the state agencies that are doing well which Plateau is one,” Okunmadewa assured.
The team leader commended Governor Simon Bako Lalong, for the commitment shown in the project and that, he was looking forward to expanding this projects to the seventeenth local government areas of the state so that more development would reach the rural areas.
Earlier, the ALGON Chairman of the state, Hon. Ezekiel Vulgap, thanked Governor for his prompt payment of counterpart funding and appealed to the World Bank to give them another round of the project to help reach their rural areas with such development as they would continue to contribute to the project.
On her part, the General Manager PLCSDA, Mrs. Felicity Gurumyen, expressed delight that the Task Team Leaders visited the agency and has rated the state high stressing that, the projects have touched the lives of communities in the state.
Mrs. Gurumyen prayed that, the other local government areas left in the state would key in subsequently.
Meanwhile, all the local government chairmen that attended the meeting unanimously agreed to meet and deliberate on how to further adopt the new strategic steps towards brining more development to their communities. Those present included that, Wase, Bokkos, Riyom, Mikang, Kanke, Pankshin, Barkin –Ladi and Langtang-North LGAs respectively.