The Kwara State government says it is willing to continue to partner with both the Nigerian Government and the World Bank in ensuring that poor communities in the state benefit from the Community and Social Development Project CSDP intervention.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi gave the assurance on Monday in Ilorin while declaring open a three-day 2019 Second Quarter Review Meeting of the Management team of the thirty participating States in the Project.
Mr Alabi said the State would meet its contractual obligations especially the prompt payment of the required Government counterpart contributions to the project.
“The achievements of CSDP in Kwara State are really overwhelming and we thank God for the initiative. This Government will therefore do anything possible to see to the continuation of the “pro-poor policy” of the project in the State” he said.
Mr. Alabi stated that the Kwara State Government through the Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency has so far drawn down a total sum of N1.3 Billion with over N841m disbursed to communities since 2016.
The Deputy Governor noted that 249 micro-projects have so far been completed and in use while 49 are on-going across the poverty focal Local Governments of the State.
He promised that the State Government would also not relent in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people in all sectors to make life meaningful and the state one of the best in the nation.
Providing a conducive environment
Also speaking, the National Coordinator of National Social Safety Net Coordinating Unit, Apera Iorwa represented by Mohammed Dikko Bala called on States to provide a conducive environment for the success of the project.
The Kwara State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Alhaji Tayo Oyelowo said the project had been of immense benefit to the state and the benefiting communities.
Alhaji Oyelowo urged the States to address key issues such as sustainability and ownership on the part of the Communities.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the Project National Coordinator, Doctor Abdulkarim Obaje commended the Kwara State government for its giant strides and assured that the Federal Government would not relent to complement its effort in making life bearable for the people.
Doctor Obaje called on the thirty participating States to be alive to their obligations so as to benefit fully from the project.