Gov Wada approves N400m for Kogi CSDA for community projects

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Governor Idris Wada of Kogi has said he had approved N400 million for the state Community and Social Development Agency KGCSDA to fund community requests for micro-projects in wada f

Wada disclosed this at the inauguration of two blocks of classrooms and motorized solar-powered borehole at Ichala-Ajode village in Ibaji Local government Area of the state.

The governor said government took the step in the bid not to stifle the agency as there was information to the effect that the International Development Association (IDA) had withdrawn its funding of CSDA states this year

“We have retained the status and structure of Kogi CSDA for 2014, a year we are informed will have little or no International Development Association (IDA) funding to CSDA States. We are therefore harnessing resources so that we commit at least N400 million to fund community projects.”

Wada commended the Community-Driven-Development (CDD) approach of the CSDA saying it was particularly appropriate as reliable instrument to adopt, especially in the rural areas where about 70% percent of our people live, but have access to less than 20% of the resources.

He said that on inception of his administration in the state, he noticed the “Concrete results emanating from the activities of CSDA” and decided to adopt the CDD to drive his Transformation Agenda.

“This government strongly believes in the restoration of the dignity of man, which can only be achieved by stamping out the causes of poverty, disease and ignorance”, he assured.

Wada also promised to construct a road to link the village, Ichala-Ajode, which shares his middle name (Ichalla), with Echabi junction on Idah-Onyedega road to ease the transportation challenges facing the community.

Mr James Odibla, General Manager of the agency, speaking earlier, said that the agency had so far received Expressions of Interest (EOI) from over 700 communities and carried out participatory Rural Appraisal in 170 of them.

The agency, he said, had so far drawn over N1.2 billion of the World Bank funds to execute community development projects in the state.

The State Government paid N421.5 million and recently directed the payment of N1 million as the state’s contribution to the Agency and also awarded contract of N47.5 million for the construction of the agency’s office building.

Odiba hinted that 260 Micro Projects were so far approved and N751m disbursed directly to the communities as at end of March, 2014 with 226 of the micro projects completed.

He said that the construction and reconstruction of the two blocks of classrooms each and the motorized Solar-powered took about N9.1 million