The Katsina State Community and Social Development Agency - CSDP has been described as a body established by the government to execute community development projects in some selected local government areas across the state.
The General Manager of the Agency, Alhaji Rilwanu Muhammad Faralu stated this when representatives of Kwanki Community of Bakori Local Government Area paid him a courtesy visit at the Agency.
The General Manager who was represented by the Manager Monitoring and Evaluation, Associate Professor Yusuf Ibrahim El-Ladan said that increase in population, settlements and lean financial resources hampers effective execution of projects by the government.
This, according to him, informed the decision of the government to establish the Agency with the support of the World Bank.
The General Manager explained that the Agency assists communities to execute projects in electricity and water supply, schools construction, clinics, roads, drainages, combating soil erosion and enhancement of socio-economic activities among others.
He stressed that the Agency does not award contacts for execution of projects but communities are allowed to carry out the approved projects based on their expression of interest.
Professor El-Ladan highlighted that disbursements are done in public and copies of cheques are photocopied and pasted in public places for transparency.
He added that the Agency does not discriminate against gender and vulnerable groups, stressing that they even form part of the components of the Project.
He encouraged the physically challenged, orphans and those with vision impairment among others to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the Agency.
The Representative of the General Manager disclosed that the Agency is now on board and it would soon resume work. The Agency provides 90% of the total cost of a project in a community with a maximum allocation of 10 Million Naira.
The Operation Manager of the Agency, Alhaji Muhammad Dikko Abdul'aziz pointed out that Poverty Map is now a basis for prioritizing and selection of projects.
He explained that the map shows the poverty level of communities across the State.
The Finance and Administration Manager Alhaji Magaji Yusuf Bakori advised prospective beneficiaries of the Agency's projects to include female representatives as part of requirements.
The Procurement Officer, Alhaji Halliru Muhammad also shed more lights on the Agency's activities.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Reverend Dauda Bazai had said that they were at the Agency for a courtesy visit to the new General Manager and express their happiness over the approval granted the Agency to commence work.
He pointed out that they had since submitted their expression of interest for electricity supply in their area.
Reverend Bazai explained that even though electricity passes through their Community, but it is not connected noting that when connected, it would improve socio-economic activities of the people.