Osun Completes 280 Micro Projects

No fewer than 280 gender sensitive and socially inclusive micro-projects have been successfully implemented and functional while 65 others are on-going by the Osun state Community Social Development Project {CSDP}.

Osun state CSDP General Manager {GM},Mrs Funmi Abokede noted that the World Bank assisted project has the capacity to enhance rapid development of the country if properly executed in view of its immense contribution to the upliftment of rural communities in the state.

Abokede, who canvassed this position while presenting the activities of the agency to reporters in Osogbo,Osun state at the weekend said since its inception in 2009,the agency had assisted in the realisation of the government’s six-point Integral Action Plan to banish poverty, hunger, unemployment, restore healthy living, promote functional eduction and enhance communal peace and progress.

The GM noted involvement of communities in the execution of identified projects coupled with close monitoring activity by the agency have contributed to the modest success attained in the scheme.

Giving details on how the agency conducts its affairs, she explained, “Communities provided on the spot information about their critical needs to ensure that these specific needs are met through appropriate intervention strategies with active involvement of community members. As such, community members are not just beneficiaries of community development programmes but they are also actors”.

Some of the projects completed for the benefit of rural dwellers cut across different sectors including education, water, health, rural electrification, environment and natural resources, transport, socio-economic, gender and vulnerable groups.

She attributed the achievemnents recorded by the agency to effective resource utilisation and the support received from governor Rauf Aregbeola who increased the state counterpart funding from N100million to N200 million.

According to her, Osun state came second after Cross River state in access to the World Bank facility among the 26 participating states in the scheme in the federation due to its commitment to the project.

“A total sum of $7,732,076.10 million (N1,191,721,373.65 billion) was accessed from the World Bank instead of initial $5,000,000 million (N750, 000, 000 million) as a result of good performance”, Abokede said.

She noted Osun CSDP was unique because the agency gave voice and decision making responsibility to women and other vulnerable groups which led to the formation of a group called “Women In Development {WID} network comprising 253 women treasurers in the 253 CSPP communities.

She said as at February this year, the agency had executed 280 gender sensitive community micro projects that have impacted positively on the populace while 65 others were still on-going.