Governor Idris Wada of Kogi on Thursday pledged to assent the bill establishing the state Community and Social Development Agency (KGCSDA) soon in view of the agency’s impact on rural development.
Wada who made the pledge at the formal inauguration of the newly constructed permanent office complex for the agency in Lokoja commended the CSDA’s community participatory approach to development.
The governor said there were various testimonies to the impact the agency’s interventions in community development had made in the rural areas using the methodology of Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach.
“I was impressed by the participatory approach in project identification, execution and monitoring where the communities determine and prioritizes what will make immediate and more positive impact in their lives
“That is why we make effort to support the agency in putting up this building in recognition of the impact they are making and the need to ensure that they remain a virile and productive institution to the benefit of our people in the rural areas.
“The essence of this building which as a permanent structure is to institutionalize the agency in Kogi State”, he said, adding that the bill providing legal backing to the agency awaiting his assent would soon be assented to.
Speaking earlier, General Manager of the agency, Mr James Odiba commended the governor for his favourable disposition to the agency saying the N55.57 million office complex being inaugurated was fully financed by the state government.
Odiba said that CSDA which took off at the expiration of the World Bank sponsored pilot Community-based Poverty Reduction Project (PRP) in 2008 had so far expended over N911 million on 287 community micro projects.
He said that 67 projects were executed in education sector; Water supply, 66; Health care facilities, 43; socio-economic, 46; rural electrification, 32; rural roads and transport, 20.
Others are Environmental and Natural Resources Management, 9 and Gender and Vulnerable, 4, adding that the achievements were made possible by the “Staunch support and encouragement” of the governor.
Odiba thanked governor Wada for providing the land, performing the ground-breaking ceremony of the office complex and financing the project to its completion.
Dr Samuel Abdullahi, chairman, Board of CSDA, also speaking at the occasion, commended the governor’s community development disposition as well as his support for the agency.
He urged the governor to assent to bill establishing the agency passed by the state House of Assembly and awaiting the governor’s assent saying that when operational, the would improve the financial position of the agency to do more.