The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in Osun State has charged the managers of the local government councils in the state to fast-tract development in their various local government areas by adopting Community Driven Development (CDD).
The General Manager of the agency, Mrs Aderomke Oluwafunmilayo Abokede gave the charge at a one day strategic workshop organized by Osun CSDP to intimate the council managers on operational procedures of the body to stimulate and enhance community development in the state.
Abokede said the workshop became necessary given the critical roles of the Local Government Authority (LGA) in the implementation of developmental projects in various local communities across the state. CSDP is a World Bank assisted programme.
She observed that since the local government authorities as the third tier of government is the closest to the communities, they are expected to work with the people of the grassroots to improve their welfare and better their life by maximizing resource in executing meaningful projects for the people.
She explained that, “There is paradigm shift in development now. As against the top-down supply approach that has been discovered to be responsible for past project failures, CSDP prefers the Community Driven Development approach which is bottom-up and demand driven.”
“CDD gives control of the resources and the decision to the people of community based on their need. With this, there is focus on the ownership and sustainability of the projects because of the active community participation.”
Abokede urged the council managers to abide and adhere to the laid down procedures of CSDP implementation. She disclosed that Osun State Government has paid its counterpart fund and commended the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola for his commitment to development of local communities in the state.