Following the successes of the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in the North East, governments of the region are advocating for the continuation of the project which they say is impacting on the lives of their people.
The state governments of Adamawa, Taraba and Borno states want the Federal Government to put in motion, machinery that would lead to the immediate take off of the new CSDP as soon as the current World Bank funding of the CSDP comes to an end in June 2020. The state governments separately made the appeal when the National Coordinator of CSDP, Dr. Abdulkarim Obaje, paid them a courtesy visit.
Adamawa State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri said the state government and its people are beneficiaries of the CSDP and are thankful to the Federal Government for initiating the community Driven Development project. He added that despite security challenges in the state, the project was able to implement 447 micro projects even in areas worst hit by insurgency.
“We found the CSDP project to be very laudable and in consonance with the development idea and projection of our government and will therefore support the Federal government to extend the project. According to the Governor, the North East and indeed Nigeria will benefit if the Federal Government continue the CSDP, adding that the poor and vulnerable people benefit more from the intervention."
Fintiri added that the state government which recently created the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs would do all that is necessary to support the continuation of the CSDP project.
“My government will go out there to ensure that we sustain this development tempo at the grassroots and that is why I support the CSDP and appeal to the Federal government to continue the project” Fintiri said.
In Borno state, the government rated the CSDP as impactful and one of the successful government projects. “Borno State joined the CSDP only two years ago yet, it is touching the lives of people in nooks and crannies of the state despite the security concerns” The State Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur said.
Kadafur expressed the state government’s satisfaction with the performance of the CSDP in the state, adding that the state government alone cannot address the problems of development. The Deputy Governor also called on the Federal Government to continue the CSDP because of its enormous benefit. While reiterating the government’s position to partner with the Federal Government, Kadafur called on the Federal Government and the World Bank to start a new CSDP immediately after the close of the current CSDP.
In Taraba State, the Deputy Governor, Engr Haruna Manu expressed satisfaction with the CSDP which he said was in line with the vision of Gov Darius Ishaku's administration. He expressed concerns that some communities that need similar interventions may not benefit if indeed the Project closes by June 2020 and there is no successor.
He appealed to the Federal Government to come up with a bigger project that would succeed the CSDP and assured that Taraba state will key into the new project. Manu reiterated the Taraba state government’s desire to continue funding the CSDP in Taraba state even after the World Bank funding ends in June 2020.
In all the states visited, the National Coordinator, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje told the governor and deputy Governors that the implementation of CSDP, which is community driven is in line with the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next ten (10) years.
Obaje called on the state governments to complement the efforts of the Federal government by replicating the principle of Community Driven Development (CDD) in their states and local governments so as to bring development closer to the people. He urged the all CSDP participating states to ensure prompt and regular payments of Government Contribution.
“CDD is demand driven and therefore assures sustainability and ownership of projects, both of which are key in project management for the benefit of poor communities in Nigeria” the National Coordinator said.
The National Coordinator expressed satisfaction with results of the Project from the North East despite the security challenges in the region. He commended the state governments of Adamawa, Taraba and Borno for supporting the project in their respective states.
The CSDP aim to increase access by the poor people, and particularly by the internally displaced and vulnerable people in the North East, to improved social and natural resource infrastructure services in a sustained manner throughout the country.
National Information and Communication Officer, CSDP