Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) on Wednesday said it has expended over N40 million on community micro projects in Kabba-Bunu Local Government of the state.
Mr James Odiba, General Manager of the Agency disclosed this at the inauguration of Olle-Bunu community health centre, by Governor Idris Wada.
Odiba said that the agency spent the money on 13 commmunity-Driven Developmment (CDD) Projects micro interventions in Health, Education, Erosion control, Water and Markets in the council area between 2009 and date.
The General Manager said that the inaugurated health centre project with 15-bed capacity and three wards for male, female and children was executed with N6.9 million.
According to him, the centre is equipped with a generating set to power the cold store for storage of vaccines.
In his inaugural speech, Gov. Wada said community development projects midwived by the agency were by the people, for the people and cost-effective.
“If this were a direct government project, it would have taken not less than N12 million to execute this job”, he said, adding that government would continue to partner the agency to execute projects at minimal costs.
“Everybody is a winner when you go through the community and social developmment agency”, he said and thanked the community for its 10 per cent contribution as he presented the project certificate to the community leaders.
He said that the CDD approach of the CSDA afforded the communities ownership and management of the projects to the advantage of the people.
Earlier at the palace of Olu-Bunu of Olle-Bunu, Oba Joseph Ikujumoro, Wada said the essence of the tour was to express his appreciation to the people for giving him the mandate to serve.
The tour he added, afforded him to assess the projects executed under the administration with a view to exploring ways to serve the people better.
Oba Ikujumoro appealed to the governor to reconstruct Kabba-Eluke road and connect the area with electricity.