By Ahmed Ajikobi
The Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWSCSDA), has disbursed over 1 billion naira to communities in the state for execution of micro projects.
Hence, about 340 projects have so far been completed while 41 are still ongoing across the state.
This was disclosed by the General Manager of the agency, Engr. Oluwatoyin Amamat Haruna, last Thursday at a two-day sustainability workshop organised for 48 benefiting communities, in Ilorin, the state capital.
She further disclosed that a total sum of N1.7 billion has been drawn since 2016 till date for execution of world bank assisted projects for communities and groups in the state.
Haruna said the Community Driven Development concept is fast becoming a veritable tool for development globally, in which Nigeria, especially Kwara is not an exemption.
According to her, the Agency need to train and sensitise the representative of communities on maintenance and sustenance projects, so as to ensure that the projects serve the purpose in which it is meant for.
Earlier in his remarks, the state Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq had restated its commitment to eradicate poverty in the state through Community and Social development plan.
The Governor, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Finance and Planning, Mrs Oyeyemi Olasumbo said the communities in the state have benefited from the programme through the Agency, since last administration.
Governor AbdulRazaq said his administration had paid counterpart funds to various International and donor agencies for the continuation of the programme.
The workshop was aimed at sensitising members of the benefiting communities on the need for sustainability of completed and in-use community Micro-projects.
Cross section of participants who spoke to newsmen at the event commended the state government and charged the governor to continue the programme to accelerate more development in the state.