The Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Mr Kunle Ige, said this at the disbursement of 2013 Grant-In-Aids to Community Development Association (CDA) Ile-Ife on Friday. Ige said the present administration had concluded arrangements with Grooming Micro-Finance, Lagos, to give loan of N400 million and the state would add the balance of N200 million.
Ige said 600 women would access the loans from the local government, and enjoined the associations to organise their women into cooperatives to enable them to benefit from the facility. The aide said this would confirm the commitment of the current administration both at the local and the state levels toward an overall development of the state.
He said that their local grant-in-aid would increase from three million to five million Naira in 2014, and urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of the fund.
Earlier, Dr Taiwo Olaiya, the Chairman of the council, said that the seriousness of the council’s CDA was commendable. Olaiya said the CDAs had embarked on different self-help projects such as building of community hall, lock up shops, culvert, drainages, maternity centre and electrification projects, among others.