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CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

CSDP Concludes Environmental and Social SafeGuard Training (ESSG)

To build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards

Apr 21, 2020 2814 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) carried out a workshop to build the capacity of staff on environmental and social safeguards. The workshop was carried out between 16th and 21st of March, 2020 and the participants were divided into 2 batches

The workshop for batch 1 held from 16th to 19th of March, 2020 and included participants from Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Benue, Anambra, Bayelsa and Imo States; while Batch 2 held from 19th to 21st of March, 2020 with representatives from Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Kogi, Oyo and Cross River States in attendance.

The objectives of the workshop were to

  • Inform and discuss recent environmental and social concerns relating to the project;
  • Provide trainees with capacity for identifying potential adverse environmental and social impacts as early as the project design stage;
  • Provide trainees with capacity for identifying appropriate time and cost-effective mitigation measures for identified negative environmental and social impacts; and
  • Build the capacity of staff to effectively monitor implementation of environmental and social mitigation measures as it relates to their MPs.

Upon completion of the workshop, the capacities of the trainees were enhanced particularly in identifying potential adverse environmental impacts, grievances and the use of the new VLD Protocol. There was evidently a clear understanding of how to systematically identify potential negative impacts as well as how to proffer cost effective and timely mitigation measures.

The participants were clearly energized and expressed their desire to start incorporating mitigation measures into their project designs while ensuring proper documentation of land donations and grievances.

There was also a clearer understanding on how environmental health and safety affects the poverty level in communities and how all these are related to CSDP’s PDO. Lastly, there was clearer understanding on how mitigation measures incorporated during the project design stage can contribute to reducing poverty.

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FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

FPSU Switches to Fiber Optics

Another Giant Stride by the National Coordinator

May 12, 2020 1603 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

A person sitting at a tableDescription automatically generatedThe National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, in his bid to face the new technology realities posed by the Novel COVID-19 Pandemic, has initiated a Fiber Optics Internet in the entire Federal Project Support Unit of CSDP, which now gives a clear and fast internet connection sufficient for hosting Virtual Meetings, live Webinars, online Monitoring and Evaluation and even Interviews.

With this new achievement, the entire CSDP Operations including remote monitoring is now easily achievable online.

The National Coordinator listed the gains that will be associated with the upgrade of the Internet Facility, our Geo-Information systems will become more reliable and Remote Monitoring can be carried out with ease, he stressed.

On the COVID 19 crises that have engaged Organisations to seek other ways of keeping afloat, the NC confirmed that CSDP has been fully involved in the ongoing Response program of the Federal government against the Virus pandemic, and then switching to Fiber Optics means more leverage on the Video Conferencing platform of Microsoft SharePoint Teams and Webex Applications respectively.

The National Coordinator, Dr. Obaje was more emphatic on the mandate of CSDP concerning the Poor and Vulnerable. In his words "the fate of the Poor and Vulnerable at this time is our singular concern, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian, Disaster Management and Social Development, National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO) Nigeria has deployed our structures nationwide, over 10,000 staff trained in Social Safeguard and Psychosocial support have been put in a state of Readiness to assist in the ongoing COVID 19 Response in Nigeria. What we are initiating, is a Coordinated Strategy called Disconnecting COVID 19 Community Transmission. CSDP has developed a formal Community Response Plan to cater for different Communities with Cultural and Traditional Diversities, with a database of Community Assets that can be converted and utilized for COVID 19 Community Transmission Phase."

CSDP has been on SharePoint Online Technology for some time now, with the installation of our Fiber Optics, which is the fastest available conduit for Data transmission; connection with the state offices will be seamless and without bottlenecks of connection breaking or latency.


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CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

CSDP in Readiness as COVID 19 initiates Community Transmission

State Agencies trained in various Mitigation and Preparedness Procedures

May 17, 2020 1754 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus
Towards the race against time, to prevent the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic from making its was into the Vulnerable communities, CSDP has strategized on how best to tackle the Psychosocial component of Disaster Management at the Poor and Vulnerable level in the Communities.
Consequently, the National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje has authorized all the State Agencies (CSDAs) under CSDP to carry out Psycho Social Support (PSS) activities during the Community Transmission Phase of the Pandemic
To buttress this fact, the Federal Project Support Unit, Headquarters of CSDP have arranged several online Refresher training for all Project Officers on Gender & Vulnerable (G&V) starting on Friday, 15 May, 2020.  
The Management of CSDP has proposed a toll free helpline service for all the State Agencies, the idea is that each Agency needs a single toll free help line to respond to enquiries not only on Psychosocial Support but on overall project activities.
What is Community Transmission?
In explaining why the Community Transmission stage is crucial, the National Coordinator detailed; “there are four stages of the pandemic. The first stage is people who are affected have a foreign travel history which they have been to an affected country. 
The second stage is the local transmission stage, meaning the people who have it through a foreign travel history and contracted the Virus gets transmitted to other people who do not have a travel history; usually families and friends. Note that this stage is very easy to trace and quarantine the affected people. 
The third stage are people who do not have any travel history and have not come in close contact with a confirmed infected person. This source of infection is usually untraceable, and it is very difficult to control. This is the Community Transmission stage, happening at the communities where the poor and vulnerable people live.
The final stage is simple, the virus has entered a community and the sources are untraceable and its impact is uncontrollable
CSDP is committed to providing Mitigation efforts at the Community Transmission stage through Advocacy/Sensitization, and Preparedness through providing critical assets of CSDP for use by the officials charged with the responsibility of Containing, Isolating and treatment of infected persons.

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CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

CSDP PARTNERS NAPTIP on Psychosocial Assistance

Deployment of helplines in the state agencies to provide psychosocial support on COVID-19 and other crisis

May 17, 2020 1755 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is partnering with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to provide technical assistance on psychosocial support at community level.

National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje stated the readiness of the CSDP to collaborate with NAPTIP when he led management of the CSDP on a courtesy visit to the  Director General of  NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, at the Agency’s head office in Abuja.  

Obaje told the DG that psychosocial support is a major component of the CSDP and that the project has the capacity to provide psychosocial support to victims of rape, kidnap and other depression induced situation which the mandate of the NAPTIP also covers.

“the CSDP psychosocial support team in all the thirty (30) participating states and the FCT have been trained by the International Organization on Migration (IOM) in detecting various early warning signs of depression in vulnerable people and other psychosocial support activities”

“With 8,200 Community Project Management Committee and Group Project Management Committees in localities where CSDP is operating, the pro-poor project is rooted to assist NAPTIP reach out to the core communities where victims of trafficking in persons resides. Already, arrangements have reached top gear for the deployment of helplines in the state agencies to provide psychosocial support on COVID-19 and other crisis” Obaje assured.

He added that the CSDP with its experience in the North East, providing psychosocial support to Internally Displaced People/Children and those conscripted to fight for the terrorists would be added advantage when the partnership comes into fruition.

Responding, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli commended the National Coordinator for having brought together such robust infrastructure in the 30 states and the FCT and the provision for psychosocial support to the Poor and Vulnerable people at the community level.

She listed five (5) ways that CSDP and NAPTIP Collaboration can bring in psychosocial  support to assist victims of Kidnap, Rape, child sex trafficking, and other vices and also enlighten the vulnerable group through education.  How to identity abductors and their characteristics, channels of reporting any suspicious persons, and raising awareness.

NAPTIP, an agency established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2003 to tackle human trafficking and other related matters has in her mandate, component that deals on providing awareness to the general public and Psychosocial support for Victims of Trafficking, who are mostly Vulnerable people with Gender bias.

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CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

CSDP Ahead of the Curve in Fighting COVID-19

The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria. BY SULEIMAN ODAPU

May 29, 2020 1576 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

At times of emergencies, national assets are mobilized to be part of collective struggle to tackle various crises, this President Muhammadu Buhari knows very well, thus his call for the mobilization of National assets to contain the novel Corona Virus or COVID -19 was loud. At the drop of the hat, the National Coordinator of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Dr Abdulkarim Obaje swung into action. He mobilized the CSDP human and material resources for this national assignment with tripartite impact; local, national, and global. The aim is to reduce the pandemic’s life span in Nigeria. 

CSDP has the capacity to join forces with other organizations to chase out COVID -19 in Nigeria.  In the words of Dr. Obaje, “the CSDP has many Health Centres and Community Halls that could be used as Isolation Centres or where palliatives can be delivered to poor and vulnerable citizens while maintaining social distance”.

One of the aftermaths of any crises is depression. Like war, individuals that encounter health crisis experience one form of depression or another, which if not well managed, could lead to another crisis. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), believes that Primary Health Care provision and Community Health Revitalization can do the magic in events of depression and the CSDP has answers to these.  The CSDP is in fact in a vantage position to assist in this area. So far, the CSDP has facilitated the construction and equipping of 1,980 Primary Health Care Centres that has been providing basic health needs for people in the communities.

Already, CSDP Programme Officers (POs) Information, Education, Communication and Training; and the POs Gender and Vulnerable have been assigned to operate the CSDP helplines purposely created to provide veritable information and psychosocial support to citizens during this period and beyond in states where CSDP is operational. Now, many State Agencies have activated the psychosocial support with community counselling.

Unfortunately, COVID -19 has entered community transmission stage in some locations in Nigeria. However, the assuring news is that CSDP is deeply rooted with structures at the community level to contain the virus from spreading basically through awareness and providing structure for delivering palliatives. The project’s structure has committees that manage its implementation at the community and group levels. CSDP is thus bringing to the table, eight thousand, two hundred (8,200) Community Project Management Committees (CPMCs) and Group Project Management Committees (GPMCs), elected by community members and can serve as agents for awareness creation on COVID -19. These committees can also serve as points of palliatives collection and distribution. These are existing committees that are not ad-hoc and can be contacted at any time to provide records of activities. So, when it was very urgent for the Federal Government to provide a quick Palliatives to Lagos, FCT and Ogun states, CSDP structure came handy and did not disappoint. 

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) COVID-19 protocols include strict hygiene, regular washing of hands from running water amongst others. The question would be do we have enough clean water? We may not have enough but the CSDP has assisted communities and groups with over 4000 hand pump boreholes that supply clean water to poor communities and vulnerable groups thereby increasing source of clean water in Nigeria, this has a subtle way of driving the COVID 19 virus away. 

CSDP vehicles from the coordinating office, the Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) and the 30 participating states and the FCT have been deployed to either deliver on logistics or other activities that aims to support the fight against COVID-19. If FPSU Head Driver, Paul Musa is not driving to Maiduguri sighting the fringes of Sambisa forest, then Otaba Ignatuis of Cross River State Agency is doing same manoeuvring through the Obudu Ranch to deliver logistics.    

By the time the nation is free of COVID 19 pandemic, which we earnestly pray and a review of how we did it as a nation is rolled out, the name CSDP would be amongst organisations who dropped the hat to bring the pandemic to its knees.

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CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

CSDP host Online WebEx Meeting for the Draft CDD Policy Review

Promoting Community Driven Development approach in Nigeria

Jun 1, 2020 1484 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Due to the lockdown, a virtual meeting has just been concluded as regards the Draft Community Driven Development (CDD) Policy Review Document. The meeting was held at about 12:30pm on the 1st of June, 2020.

The document is aimed at promoting Community Driven Development approach in Nigeria. Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, the National Coordinator or CSDP reiterated that the CDD Policy is a key deliverable of CSDP. The engagement of the stakeholders is to critically analyse and review the Draft CDD Policy document prepared by Federal Project Support Unit.

This stakeholders’ engagement is centered on generating appropriate actionable steps that would engender effective policy design, development and administrative framework for its operation in Nigeria.


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World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

World Bank Post COVID-19 Intervention Grant: AKSG Inaugurates Committee

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES)

Jun 9, 2020 1907 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Akwa Ibom State COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (State CARES) for Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus Programme (NIGERIA CARES) has been inaugurated.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Chairman of COVID-19 Management Committee and Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the Committee is expected to work out modalities that will enable the State benefit from the World Bank's  Post COVID-19 intervention programmes  as directed by the National Economic Council. 

Dr. Ekuwem expressed confidence that the crop of persons in the committee are capable of providing the necessary services to enable the state benefit from the grant. 

The committee, the SSG said, is saddled with the responsibility  of coordinating and delivering systems to scale up emergency support, regulating guidelines to support effectiveness and sustainability of livelihood and food security activities; capacity building and necessary guidelines to enable the state achieve the Seven  Disbursement Link Indicators (DLIs). 

Chaiman of the AKS CARES  Team is  the Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, while  the Director of Economic Planning in the Ministry, Mrs Enobong Okpongkpong serves as Secretary.

Other members of the committee include Commissioner  for Agriculture and Women Affairs (Dr Glory Edet), Commissioner for Finance(Mr Linus Nkan), Commissioner for Labour and Manpower Planning( Prof Victor Inoka), Commissioner for Trade and Investment(Prince Ukpong Akpabio) and the Special Adviser, Bureau of Rural Development and Cooperative, (Hon Ekemini Umoh) .

Also, other stakeholders are the State Accountant-General (Pastor Uwem Andrew-Essien), Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport( Mr Effiong Ekpenyong), General Manager, AKSACSD (Mr. Ishmael Akpan) and the State Project Coordinator,FADAMA (Mr Richard Sam), among others.

Responding on behalf of the Committee Members, the Chairman, AKS CARES, Mr Akan Okon thanked Governor Udom Emmanuel for setting up the committee and  pledged to work assiduously to  ensure that  Akwa Ibom meets all the requirements that will enable the state to participate fully and benefit in every post COVID 19 activty of the Federal Governemnt as sponsored by the World Bank.

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Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

Nasarawa CSDA applauds communities for patronage

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years.

Jun 9, 2020 1450 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Nasarawa State Community and Social Development Agency has commended Communities in the World Bank captured Local Government Councils for their patronage in the last 10 Years. General Manager of the Agency, Ahmed Saidu Ishaq gave the commendation during an interview, shortly after declaring open a one day sensitization workshop for LGAs, LGARCS (MDAs) Desk Officers on Monday at De Crown Hotel Lafia, the State Capital.

The General Manager who disclosed that a total of 500 expression of intentions have so far been received for execution of projects in the areas of water provision, building of Classrooms and other infrastructure, said 100 of such expressions have been carried out.

He said the Community development deriving Agency has done its best in bringing the social needs of the people to their door steps through partnership.

Ahmed Isaq who commended the State Government under the leadership of Abdullahi Sule for the show of concern and payment of the state Counterpart fund, assured that the Agency will continue to discharge her duties in accordance with lay down Principles of the World Bank.
Earlier, while declaring the Workshop open, the General Manager, Ahmed Saidu Ishaq, charged the participants to listen carefully and participate actively in every discuss.
Ahmed who explained that since the commencement of the Programme in the state in 2009, the Agency has been able to carry out projects in the areas of education, health and some other sectors of the economy, said “we don’t want the programme to fail”.
He called on the participants to count themselves lucky because only Six out of the 13 Local Government Areas in the state have been captured by the World Bank.
Our Correspondent reports that participants were drawn from Awe, Keana, Wamba, Doma, Nasarawa and Lafia Local Government Councils.

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Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

Head of Operations of CSDP in Nassarawa State on a Fiduciary Resolution Visit

FPSU Verification team lead by CSDP Head of Operations Mr. Adewale Fabowale, Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat

Jun 9, 2020 1132 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

Nassarawa State Community and State Development Agency (CSDA), General Manager Ahmed  Saidu Ey-Shaa received the Head of Operations and his team from the Federal Project Support Unit, the headquaters of CSDP, the Head of Operations   Mr. Adewale Fabowale, followed by the Head of Admin, Mrs. Gadzama Fati and Projects Finance Officer, Mrs. Zubair Ramat  met with the Staff of the NSCSDA.

Other staff of NSCSDA on hand to receive the team from the Headquaters were Operation Manager, Hajiya Maimuna Usman, Finance and Admin Manager, Abdullahi O. Yahaya and Monitory and Evaluation Manager, Dr. Dahiru M. Kabiru during the briefing.

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Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

Gombe Govt provides N600m for community projects

To implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

Jun 10, 2020 1707 Views 0 Comments FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle Plus

The Gombe State Government has provided N600 million to communities and groups in the state to implement 256 micro projects of critical needs.

Alhaji Abubakar Kumo, General Manager of the Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development (GMCSDA), disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Wednesday. GMCSDA was established in 2009 to empower communities in the state by supporting them with grants and building their capacities for projects implementation and supervision.

Kumo said the 256 micro projects undertaken in 64 communities cut in the 11 Local Government Areas of the state are to benefit about 480, 000 people. He said that the support was given to the communities and groups to implement various projects in their communities in line with agency`s mandate to galvanise development at the grassroots.

Kumo said that the projects cut across eight sectors of education, health, water, socio-economic, rural roads, electricity, environment and Gender and Vulnerable.

He added that they are targeted at poor communities, vulnerable groups and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The general manager said the support from the state government was attracting resources and attention from different developmental partners especially World Bank because “when you are not giving counterpart as a state government, they won’t give you resources. “The communities and groups plan the projects, they draw up the cost estimate while we vet the cost estimate; they do everything and elect leaders while ours is to monitor, supervise and then fund the projects.

“The communities are contributing 10 per cent while groups contribute five per cent. In a nutshell, we have disbursed N600 million in last one year under the present administration of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State. “We have 256 communities/group micro projects implemented across the state and the bulk of the projects are in water, health and education but we have a lot in electricity, skill acquisition centres and environment,’’ he said. Kumo said that in line with the maintenance culture of the governor, about 2,560 community members across the state were trained on maintenance and sustainability of these projects and on conflicts resolution.

The agency`s boss stated that the impact of these projects from assessment carried out in 2019 were ‘marvelous’ having achieved a lot in acute health issues leading to a reduction in maternal deaths. He said that it was very difficult for most communities assisted by the agency to access healthcare services especially during the raining season before the intervention projects. “In education, there were lots of communities where their children were not attending school before but now they are attending schools. For water, we have reduced the long distances children walk to get water,’’ he said.

He commended the state government for prioritizing project interventions in communities.

Kumo charged the benefitting communities to continue to maintain these projects for maximum benefits of their communities.

Story by Sunday Francis

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