The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been urged to continue the World Bank partnership for the provision of social infrastructures in the rural areas.
This was made known by the people of Aseni Community in Kogi local government area of Kogi state through the Chief of the community, HRH, Alhaji Muhammed Yakubu, the Ona of Aseni during a pre-commissioning field monitoring visit by the General Manager of the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, Mallam Dauda O. Momoh.
The Ona of Aseni lauded the State Government for sponsoring the Renovation of one number classroom in the secondary school in the community and the provision of water through the construction of a motorized deep well. He lamented the lack of water in the community as the major problem the community was faced with as the borehole water in the community contains high level of ferrous.
The Ona was quoted as saying “potable water was our major problem in this area before the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency’s intervention. The intervention did not come easy, we drilled seven borehole pits before this breakthrough, this is because our land here is a loosed one and the only location that is firm underground contains ferreous which is dangerous for drinking. It even makes our cloth reddish when it is used for washing.
The field monitoring visit by the General Manager of the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, Mallam Dauda O. Momoh was part of the arrangements for project commissioning across the twenty-one Local Government Areas of Kogi state. The General Manager was visibly happy by the resilience of the community in ensuring successful completion of the project. He took time to lecture the students of the community secondary school in chemistry.
He lectured them on the naming of some chemical compounds using the IUPAC naming format. He also promised that the Agency would look into the new request of the community which is the provision of improved facilities in the Secondary school and also the provision of more sources of water. Aseni community is one of the six communities that benefited from the Agency’s intervention in 2019/2020.
In a chat with the cross section of the community, he told them of the State Governor’s approval for the state to participate in the COVID-19 ACTION RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC STIMULUS (NG-CARES) PROGRAMME. The GM added that under the Result Area 1 of the intervention, the programme is aimed at supporting the scaling up of existing safety net interventions at the state level.
The NG-CARES safety net interventions to be supported by the PforR will expand the coverage of social transfers; Labour Intensive Public Works (LIPW) opportunities in the social sectors; livelihood grants; and social service infrastructure microprojects he said.