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Community projects funded by the World Bank, best FG- Kebbi Govt initiative



Community projects funded by the World Bank, best FG- Kebbi Govt initiative

By Salisu Sani-Idris

The government of Kebbi State has identified the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), launched by the federal government with support from the World Bank, as one of the best projects in the state.

Kebbi State Government Secretary (SSG) Alhaji Babale Yauri said this during the reception of CSDP national coordinator Dr Abdulkarim Obaje in Birnin Kebbi.

Obaje was represented by Mr. Niyi Oduneye, head of monitoring and information management, Federal Project Support Unit, on Thursday in the state capital of Kebbi.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that PSDC officials were in Kebbi for an assessment and to obtain feedback on the impact of the PSDC on the beneficiary rural communities.

The SSG said Kebbi’s government considers the CSDP to be one of the best because it touches the lives of rural populists.

Yauri, who said Kebbi is a rural state, added that any project focused on rural life is a project dear to the state government.

“If you go around the state you’ll find lots of signs pointing to different CSDP projects across the state.

“In fact, the PSDC project has boosted the morale of an ordinary man from Kebbi who now believes he can contribute to the development of his locality in particular and of the state in general.

“The CSDC is one of the projects that the government of Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State considers to be one of the best projects initiated by the federal government and in fact it has been fully supported by the governor,” said he declared.

SSG noted that the 10 percent that was provided by the community was very dear to them and this enabled them to protect the project to ensure its sustainability.

“Unlike other projects fully developed and funded by the federal, state or local government, the PSDC has been able to mobilize rural populists and measure their capacity to take on and lead a project.

“And, interestingly, the PSDC did not completely deselect the traditional institution. This is why he is able to succeed because most of the members of our traditional institutions, retired civil servants and former military officers have been enlightened and integrated into the initiative, ”he said.

Yauri said that in the concept of the administration of the Bagudu government, it was not the elite or the leadership that determined what people wanted, but rather the people who decided what kind of projects they needed.

He revealed that a department had been created to sensitize and mobilize people on the benefits of CSDP projects.

According to him, if a community rejects a project, regardless of its quality, it will not succeed.

Earlier, the representative of the national CSDP coordinator, Mr. Niyi Oduneye, said the project has had huge success in hard-to-reach Kebbi communities since its inception in 2009.

He explained that the mandate of the PSDC was to ensure the provision of social infrastructure in the communities, adding that this approach had been a development led by the community.

“We are not only building infrastructure, but we are also developing human resources. We are engaged in the training and retraining of our community project management committee, which anchored the implementation of our micro-projects and other projects on the ground, ”he said.

In addition, Alhaji Yakubu Yeldu, Managing Director and Managing Director of Kebbi CSDP, said that the PSDC has spent more than 2 billion naira to fund more than 669 micro-projects in remote communities in 20 local government areas in the state in over the past 10 years.

“As we speak, over 669 micro-projects have been completed and people are all benefiting. We don’t have a single abandonment of projects

“Right now, on our record, we have over 300 applications for new community projects and not just that we get phone calls every day,” Yeldu said.

He revealed that the portal’s water supply demands accounted for nearly 80 percent of every micro-project request from most communities in the state.

NAN reports that the PSDC project assessment and documentation team, which started the exercise in the local government of Gwandu, visited the Kalgo youth skills acquisition center, modernized and equipped by the PSDC in 2014. .

Center coordinator Zulkiflu Mohammed revealed that the center, affiliated with Usman Danfodio University in Sokoto, has graduated more than 1,000 people on different skills over the past 10 years.

Likewise, the team also visited a market where PSDC rehabilitated four open market stalls and built a Kulbate to control erosion in the community of Lani Maikasuwa, in the Koko local government area.

The district chief of the community, Alhaji Ibrahim Salihu, thanked the national and state leaders of the PSDC for their intervention which had a considerable impact on the lives of the inhabitants of the community. (NOPE)


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