By Ibrahim Obansa, Lokoja
Kogi State Government in partnership with the World Bank has identified seven local government areas in the state for special intervention in the areas of social and infrastructural development, particularly the Gender and vulnerable group.
The General Manager, Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, Mallam Momoh Dauda disclosed this on Thursday in Okene during a two-day Sensitisation/Training programme for stakeholders on Group Development Plans (GDPs) formation and implementation.
Mallam Dauda who listed the benefiting Local government areas as Okene, Okehi, Ibaji, Ijumu, Kogi, Olamaboro and Ajaokuta noted that the introduction of Gender and Vulnerable Groups (GVGs) like widows, orphans, people living with disabilities into Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) has become imperative because their interest were not fully integrated in previous arrangement.
“If there is abundant of infrastructure and people’s lives are in misery, the development goals of the government may not be fully actualised”, he said.
According to him, the training was designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for gender consideration and improve access to available social and natural infrastructural services.
On his part, the Acting Board Chairman of Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, Engr Emmanuel Audu said the multi-sectoral intervention of the agency underscores the need to building partnership with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), private sectors, community-based organisations and Non Governmental Organizations.
Engr Audu added that the Vulnerable Group Investment (VGI) would ensure access to social and livelihood support services by an increased number of vulnerable people and to give voice to the poor and most disadvantaged people in the communities.