A total of 252 communities in Osun state have benefited from the state government micro projects through its Agency for community and social development project (OSUN CSDP).
This is in a bid to improve access of the poor to social and natural resources management as well as infrastructural services for human development in a sustainable manner.
The General manager Osun CSDP, Mrs Funmi Abokede who stated this while speaking at a press conference in Osogbo, the state capital, also that disclosed 311 micro projects have so far been completed across all the local government areas of the state.
“311 gender sensitive and socially inclusive multi sectoral Micro Projects (MPs) have been completed andv are functional in 252 communities. Emphasis is on results-based outcome performance. With the completion of these functional Micro-Projects, we have been able to synchronize with the good intentions and objectives of our state government through its six Point Integral Action Plan.”
“There is high acceptability of Community Driven Development (CDD) in the state of Osun, hence the demand for project intervention by communities across the LGAs of the state. These 252 communities were empowered to plan, part-finance, implement, monitor and maintain sustainable and socially inclusive multi-sectoral micro-projects.”
While explaining that the CSDP is co-funded by the World Bank and the state government, Mrs. Abokede stressed that Osun government has contributed a total of 650million between the year 2009-2015 as its counterpart funding, while the world Bank has provided about 5million dollars loan between the year 2009-2014, noting that another 4million dollars loan for 2015-2018 is currently being processed.
She lauded Governor Aregbesola’s doggedness and un-relented efforts at developing communities and making life bearable for the grassroot dwellers, especially in the face of dwindling revenue.
”CSDP is being funded through a concessionary no-interest loan from the World Bank as well as the annual contribution of the government of the state of Osun. Let it be on record that the Osun Government has been contributing regularly its counterpart funding since inception of this project.
She pointed out that the next phase of the project would focus on women and physically challenged people in the state.
“In our next phase of project, we will focus attention on gender and people living with disabilities, because they are more vulnerable than the rest of us. And I will like o appeal to our men to stop exploiting women, especially the physically challenged”
Earlier in his address, the chairman, Osun CSDP, Alhaji Abdul-Rahaman Musa noted that the state government is committed to reducing poverty to the barest minimum through its Agency for community and social development project.
Alhaji Musa while commending the governor for consistently pursuing he project development objective of increasing access of poor people to social and natural resources infrastructures, by ensuring regular payment of annual government contributions.
“Osun State Government has through its Agency fpr community and social development project has a very clear priority in its agenda that is, reducing poverty to the barest minimum. This is a commitment of partnership strengthening that goes hand-in-hand with improving peoples’ lives.”