From  AMEDU JOSEPH,  Lokoja

The World Bank in collaboration with the Kogi State Government through the state Community and Social Development Agency (KSCSDA) is spending over N500 million on 38 community projects across the state.
Mallam Momoh Dauda, General Manager the Agency disclosed this while flagging-off the construction of a Skills Acquisition Centre and Borehole for group of People Living with Disabilities (PLWD) in Eganyi, Ajaokuta Local Government on over the weekend.
Dauda who was represented by Mr. Oladipo Bayode, Acting Manager, Operations, said the micro projects were being executed under the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) of the World Bank.
He said that nine vulnerable groups and 29 communities were benefitting from the projects in water, health facilities, social infrastructures, most of which were on-going and at various stages.
He said that the Agency through the intervention funds on behalf of the state government was out to assist vulnerable groups with infrastructures and provide livelihood support for them to reduce poverty situation in communities.
He asked the benefiting group to manage the project funds properly and guard against misappropriation, follow laid down rules and be committed to the successful execution with proper book keeping.
“This intervention provides you the opportunity to acquire skills in weaving, tailoring, hairdressing among others to help, assist and to empower you the more.
Miss Mopinre Akinola, Project Officer, Gender and Vulnerable Group with CSDA presented a cheque of N1.45 million being first tranche of N5,090.78 for the Skills Acquisition Centre, to the Group Project Monitoring Committee (GPMC) chairman, Umar Salihu.
In his vote of thanks, secretary of the group, Mr Barnabas Ahmed expressed gratitude to God and the agency saying that they hoped to complete the skills acquisition centre in time to start the borehole project.
Hajia Barikisu Musa Aka’aba, Gender Officer, Ajaokuta Local Government commended the agency for various interventions in the council area and promised to ensure proper monitoring of the project.

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