CSDA DISBURSES OVER 238M TO 41 INDIGENT COMMUNITIES IN CROSS RIVER STATE
The Government of Cross River State under the able leadership of His Excellency Senator (Prof) Benedict Ayade has through the Cross River State Community and Social Development Agency (CRSCSDA) disbursed over 238 million naira as grants to 41 indigent communities in the State. The release of these monies is one of the various mechanisms of government to transform the State and bridge the gap between government and the governed. Specifically, the disbursement seeks to improve access of the poor and vulnerable to social and natural resource infrastructure services and a conscious attempt by government to strengthen the fight against poverty and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The CRSCSDA is an Agency of Government established by law of the Cross River State House of Assembly to implement the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) which is a partnership between the States and the World Bank and currently operates in about 30 states of the federation. The Project uses the Community Driven development (CDD) model that puts the targeted beneficiaries on the driver’s seat of their development with opportunities take ownership for sustainability through part-financing, inclusive planning and self-implementation of the micro projects in their development plans for their common good.
Constructon of solar powered borehole and health post with furnishing and equipping Nwarranty community, Yala LGA
Construction of open market stalls at Kakubok Irruan community, Boki LG
Narrating the impact of the intervention, the General Manager Mr Victor Ovat noted that the intervention consist of 94 micro projects in multi-sectors of education, health, water, transport, rural electrification and environment. Out of these, 68 micro project have been completed and in use. By this intervention, an estimated 35,000 persons now have improved access to social services such as access to formal education, access to improved health care services, access to potable water and more across the intervened communities.
Renovation of hostel accommodation at Mary Knoll College Okuku communit, Yala LGA
These have far reaching effect on the fight against poverty and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the State. The CSDP addresses development challenges at both group and community levels. Vulnerable Groups and Communities can organize themselves and approach Agency for assistance.
Construction and furnishing of health post with solar powered borehole at Ikot Ekpo community, Akpabuyo LGA
In demonstration of her commitment to address poverty issues among this level of stakeholders, the CRSCSDA has budgeted the sum of 350million naira to be disbursed directly to communities and vulnerable groups as grants in 2918. Specifically, 250million naira was budgeted to address development challenges among the Gender and Vulnerable Group and 100million naira for interventions in Communities.
Construction of health post with furnishing and equipping at Benekaba community, Yala LGA
Meanwhile, Agency has approved and funded 10 Community Development Plans (CDPs) for 10 communities in the focal Local Government Areas in the State. Also, 5 Group Development Plans (GDPs) have been approved for funding for 5 Gender and vulnerable Groups (GVGs) in the focal LGAs in the State. Furthermore, request from over 40 GVGs are undergoing appraisal at various stages in the State.
Construction of mini-bridge at Bayayam community, Obanliku, LGA
In spite of these achievement, there are over 2000 communities and several vulnerable groups in the State looking for opportunities to bridge the poverty gab. As a result more funding to enable intervention in these vulnerable communities in the State would be required. State funding enhances the chances of higher drawdown from the IDA account. The higher the funding, the greater the spread of poverty focused projects and of course the lighter the burden of poverty on the poor and vulnerable.