Following the successes of the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in the North Eastern part of Nuferia, governments of the region have advocated for the continuation of the project which is to end in June 2020.
The state governments made the appeal when the National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, paid them a courtesy visit in the region.
In all the states visited, the National Coordinator, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje told the governments that the implementation of CSDP, which is community driven is in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next ten (10) years.
The CSDP aim to increase access by the poor people, and particularly the internally displaced and vulnerable people in the North East, to improved social and natural resource infrastructure services in a sustained manner throughout the country.
According to a statement signed by National Information and Communication Officer of CSDP, Suleiman Odapu, Dr Obaje called on the states to complement the efforts of the Federal government by replicating the principle of Community Driven Development (CDD) in their states and local governments so as to bring development closer to the people.
He urged the all CSDP participating states to ensure prompt and regular payments of Government Contribution.
“CDD is demand driven and therefore assures sustainability and ownership of projects, both of which are key in project management for the benefit of poor communities in Nigeria” the National Coordinator said.
Dr Obaje while commending the states government expressed satisfaction with results of the Projects from the North East despite the security challenges faced in the region.
The Governor of Adamawa ,Ahmadu Fintiri appreciated the Federal Government for initiating the community Driven Development project.
He said that despite security challenges in the state, the project was able to implement 447 micro projects even in areas worst hit by insurgency.
“We found the CSDP project to be very laudable and in consonance with the development idea and projection of our government and will therefore support the Federal government to extend the project.
Fintiri added that the state government which recently created the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs would do all that is necessary to support the continuation of the CSDP project.
“My government will go out there to ensure that we sustain this development tempo at the grassroots and that is why I support the CSDP and appeal to the Federal government to continue the project” Fintiri said.
In Borno state the Deputy Governor,Kadafur expressed the state government’s satisfaction with the performance of the CSDP in the state.
“Borno State joined the CSDP only two years ago yet, it is touching the lives of people in nooks and crannies of the state despite the security concerns”
He said the projects have been impactful adding that the state government alone cannot address the problems of development.
In Taraba State, the Deputy Governor, Haruna Manu also expressed satisfaction with the CSDP which he said was in line with the vision of Gov Darius Ishaku’s led administration.
He appealed to the Federal Government to come up with a bigger project that would succeed the CSDP and assured that Taraba state will key into the new project.