From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The general Manager Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) Mallam Momoh Dauda on Tuesday in Lokoja stressed the readiness of the Agency to execute 40 Community micro projects before the end of June this year.
Mallam Momoh Dauda who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of a two-day training organised by the Agency for 72 Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) members said the project is under the World Bank Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
He said the 72 members were drawn from six CPMCs and sub-committees from five Local Government Areas benefitting from the intervention.
Momoh who was represented by Mrs Berida Ebunola, Acting Manager, Finance and Administration said each of the 40 communities from seven focal Local Government Areas in the state would have N10 million each for two micro projects.
He said that the micro projects cut across social and economic strata and included construction of classroom blocks, market stalls, community town halls, primary health centres and water projects among others.
Dauda said, “Each of the benefitting communities will have, N10 million for two micro projects and we are to support 40 communities that is about N400 million for projects intervention alone.”
On the training, the General Manager congratulated the six communities on the approval of their Community Driven Development (CDD) micro saying that the training was organised for them to learn skills for implementation of the projects.
The General Manager hinted that N60 million would be disbursed for implementation of the 12 micro projects in the six communities and they were expected to be completed within three months.
Also speaking, Mr Ayo Oludare, Acting Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in the agency said, CPMC members capacity would be developed to enable them implement the projects using the best practices.
On monitoring of the projects, Oludare said, “At the state Agency level, we have the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit that goes to communities at different times.”
He disclosed that the benefitting communities include Aya in Ibaji local government, Water and solar streetlight; Oganego, Olamaboro LG, classroom block and clinic; Ganaja, Ajaokuta local government area, block of classrooms and Science laboratory.
Others according to him are Iluhaga, Ijumu local government, school and clinic; Ukpogoro, Okene LG, Skills Acquisition Centre and town hall; Ahogede, Okene LG, motorised Borehole and public toilet respectively.