By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The General Manager, Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development Project (Osun CSDP), Mrs.c said the has disclosed that no fewer than three thousand, five hundred and fifty seven (3557) gender and vulnerable have benefitted from the micro projects of the agency.
Speaking at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, platform tagged “News Point” in Osogbo, Abokede noted that the state government is very compassionate about People With Disabilities (PWDs), hence the efforts to improve their standard of living and ensure that they enjoy adequate treatment.
According to her, the agency has embarked on construction of conducive hostels and classrooms for the vulnerable people in the state.
She stated further that the development centre for the blind and the deaf to enable the PWDs use their skills is under construction.
She also disclosed that the agency has completed 478 micro projects in 396 communities in the state across sectors.
“There are 478 completed gender sensitive, socially inclusive functional micro projects cutting across different sectors in the state and these are immensely contributing to the achievement of the state of Osun development plan under the able leadership of Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
“396 communities are empowered to plan, part-finance, implement, monitor and maintain sustainable and socially inclusive multi-sectoral micro-projects,” Abokede stated.
She explained that over N3billion has been spent on the projects with over N813million contributed by the Osun state government since the programme started operation in 2009.
On the the funding arrangement, she said, ” CSDP is being funded through a concessionary no-interest loan from the World Bank as well as the annual contribution of the Osun State Government. Osun has been contributing regularly its counterpart funding since inception of this project.
“$5milluon loan from 2009-2014 from World Bank already accessed. N813,052,158.0m government contribution from 2009-2019, additional financing $4m loan 2015-2019 from World Bank.”
She said the project, once approved, is fully executed by the community to enable experts among them participate in the implementation of the project.
“The project uses the Community Driven Development (CDD) that gives control of decision and resources to community groups where Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) of the community needs is carried out and the community members in a democratic manner to manage the project.
“The actual implementation is done by the community while the agency only facilitate fund, supervise and monitor.
“To ensure ownership and sustainability, every participating community is required to contribute10% of the project cost. The community contribution can be in cash or kind or both,” Abokede added.