The Oyo State Government has set aside the sum of N732million in the Year 2021 Budget to cater to community development capital and recurrent expenditure projects, under the State’s Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
Governor Seyi Makinde stated this at the 6-day CSDP Management Retreat and Review Meeting which was declared open on Wednesday at the Premier Hotel in Ibadan.
Makinde, who was represented by his Special Adviser on World Bank Intervention, Mrs. Aderonke Adedayo, said the fund, as earmarked in the 2021 Budget, was to replicate the efforts of CSDP in Oyo State, alongside the COVID-19 Action Response and Economic Stimulus (CARES), in the State.
He maintained that the State has 175 community development plans that have been approved, with 788 micro-projects that were completed and functional, adding that the State’s Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has also recorded success in its projects, with support from financial institutions as well as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
The Governor noted that as CSDP is faring well in Oyo State, the State is already mainstreaming community-driven development approach strategy into the State government policy. Consequently, a sum of Seven Hundred and Thirty-Two Million Naira (NGN732million) has been considered for capital projects and recurrent expenditure for the State agency in the 2021 estimate.
Makinde stated, “This is targeted towards CSDP replication in the State, which is expected to be implemented simultaneously with the CARES programme. At this juncture, given the readiness of the government and high level of expectations of communities, I am reliably informed that over 500 Community Development Associations (CDAs) have submitted their Expression of Interest for them to benefit in the project.”
The National Coordinator, Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Dr. Abdulkarim Obadje, in his welcome address, appreciated the governors of all the states that have subscribed to the project in the country, especially Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, for his administration’s support towards the success of CSDP.
He said despite the recent nationwide lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, CSDP was up and running as it was implementing various micro-projects under strict safety protocols.
Obadje hinted that the outcome of an evaluation report submitted to the Federal Government and the World Bank, among which included 17,048 microprojects that gulped over N90billion, has revealed the impact of CSDP across the country.
He said, “Let me state that CSDP has come of age, our experiences and capabilities have positioned us well to contribute immensely to President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty in the next ten years, we are therefore equipped to work with other projects or implementing agencies to execute the CARES programme.”
“There can be no development where only the urban areas have access to basic services, that is economic growth, but where the poor and the vulnerable are catered for as it is with the CSDP and now CARES, that is sustainable development and it is what the President stands for,” Obadje noted.
While welcoming the visitors to Ibadan, the Chairman, Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency, Hon. Babatunde Eesuola, appreciated the choice of Ibadan for the year 2020 review meeting and assured the national office of CSDP and the other States that Oyo State was faring better than other States in the implementation of strategic intervention projects.
He announced that Governor Makinde has approved that at least five projects should go to each of the 33 Local Government Areas of the State.
CSDP sectorial areas of intervention throughout the nation include education, health, rural electrification, water, transportation, socio-economic sector, environment, and natural resources, as well as gender and vulnerable groups (GVG).
The review meeting was attended by the coordinators of CSDP from the 32 States that have subscribed to the intervention programme like Oyo, Bauchi, Plateau, Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara, among other States, where members were afforded the opportunity to look back at the achievements of the project in the preceding years, discuss challenges and proffer amicable solutions to improving the intervention through experience sharing.