No fewer than 87 rural communities in Kwara State have been presented with cheques of various sums of money for the implementation of micro projects in their respective domains.
The benefiting communities described the gesture as timely as it would in no small measure improve the wellbeing of the people.
Community leaders from Gbale, Yawu, Kpilegi Wodata and Akuo Gaa in Edu and Moro Local Government Areas of Kwara State, stated this during the cheque presentation to another set of nine communities through Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCSDA), Ilorin.
Earlier in his remarks, the state Commissioner for Planning and Economic Development, Alhaji Wasiu Odewale reminded the communities that the money disbursed is for their project implementation, which should not be mismanaged or misappropriated, adding that the project must be implemented to specification.
Represented by the Acting General Manager, KWCSDA, Ilorin, Alhaji Yahaya Ahmed, the commissioner advised the beneficiaries to make transparency and accountability their watchword.
“History will not forgive erring community members, who mismanage the project fund during implementation, as money misused will be refunded by the community,” he said.
He however appreciated the government for the zeal towards the development of rural communities in the state at large.
Responding, the Chairman of Gbale Community Project Management Committee (CPMC), Abubakar Mohammed said the project when executed would improve the standard of living of the people.
In the same vein, the Etsu Yankpa of Kpilegi, Alhaji Muhammed Goshi appreciated government for the assistance and promised that the committee would work assiduously to make the project a huge success.
At Wodata, also in Edu Local Government Area, the Etsu Yankpa, Alhaji Alhassan Sule, said his community has been in existence for long without electricity. He added that with the development, Wodata stand the chance of experiencing population increase.Also, the Baale of Akuo Gaa, in Moro, Alhaji Muhammed Aweda, promised to expend the money judiciously on the project and to also maintain it after completion.
… flags-off distribution of 2m mosquito nets, today
By Olanrewaju Bello
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed will today flag-off the distribution of 1,997,000 Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLNIs) in the state.
The ceremony, which will take place at the Kwara State Banquet Hall, Government House Ilorin, will have other top government functionaries in attendance.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed on Special Duties, Evang. (Mrs.) Modupe Faremi, made the disclosure during an interview with journalists, said the flag-off at various local government areas will hold on Friday, 29th September, 2017.Faremi said the ceremony would mark the beginning of the free net distribution following the just concluded household mobilisation across the 15 Local Government Areas of the state adding that the pilot scheme had earlier been conducted in Oyun Local Government Area.
Faremi, who doubles as the Chairperson of a 3-man committee set up by Governor Ahmed to ensure the smooth running of the exercise, explained that the global campaign for mosquito net replacement is funded by the Global Fund and jointly supported by federal and state governments through the state Ministry of Health and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).
The Governor’s aide hinted that the collaborating agencies had since last month begun training and net card distribution exercise in the state as preconditions for the free net distribution scheduled for September 29 – October 3, 2017.
Faremi said the ongoing exercise is recording huge success with 95 per cent coverage in Kwara North and Kwara South senatorial districts while some houses are yet to be captured in Kwara Central.
She assured that all households captured would be provided with the treated nets and advised that only women are allowed to come with their net cards for collection.
Faremi further stated that a woman can come with maximum of four net cards.
She explained that strategic locations have been earmarked as distribution points in each ward for easy accessibility by people.
She appealed to Kwara residents to seize the opportunity afforded them and to sleep inside the net for prevention of malaria.
According to her, the net itself is medically treated to kill flies, bedbugs, spiders and others even as she warned against the idea of selling the nets, usage as window blind or fish net.
Also speaking, the Secretary of the committee, Deacon Elijah Adewoye, expressed satisfaction over the percentage captured in Kwara South and Kwara North.
Adewoye who admitted that Kwara central was not well covered, called on the state government to address the issue specifically in Ilorin West, Ilorin South, and Ilorin East local governments due to the large population.