The partnership between the Federal Government, State Government and the World Bank in Kogi state in the area of rural development has drawn over 3.2billion since its inception. This money was expendedoncritical sectors in rural communities with a bid to reducing the poverty situation in rural communities in a sustainable manner using the Community Driven Development approach.
The sectors of intervention include Water provision, Education, Health care, Electricity, Social Economy, Environment and transport.
This was made known at the 2-day training for members of the Community Project Management Committee of some benefiting communities across the Eleven (11) focal LGAs of the state by the General Manager of the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, Mallam Momoh O. Dauda who was represented by the Mrs. Ebunola Berida, the Ag. Finance and Administration Manager.
The training was put together by the Agency to train the CPMC members on elementary knowledge of project management and basic book keeping principles to ensure the community project are implemented in line with the Community Development Plan.
According to the General Manager, the Agency also fund specialised intervention for Gender and Vulnerable Groups. The Gender and Vulnerable Groups component is designed to ensure that Gender and Vulnerable groups are mainstreamed in the activities of the community especially as it relates to Community development plans. The main objective of the Gender and Vulnerable component is to give voice to the voiceless in the community and the society at large.
The General Manager in his opening remarks congratulated the benefiting communities, he urged them to ensure sustainability of the project after completion. He also explained the need for the domestication of the CDD policy in all level for rapid development at affordable cost. He also posited that the Expression from communities is daily increasing but only twenty percent of such request have been so far attended to.
The GM lauded the support of stakeholders of the project which have continuously informed the success of the project in the State.
He applauded the support of the State Government to the project. He informed participants that as demonstration of this support the State Governor recently approved the release of 200million as the state Government contribution for the 2018 and 2019.He advised communities to reciprocate governments commitments by maintaining the micro-projects when completed to the greater good of the communities.