Event date: 12/3/2018 - 12/25/2019 Export event
The World Bank, in collaboration with the Federal Government and the Ekiti State government, has spent $9 million on poverty eradication and rural development in the last nine years.
The General Manager of Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency (EKSCDA), Mr. Stephen Bamisaye, stated this yesterday at a workshop on partnership building for the maintenance of communities’ micro projects.
Bamisaye said the huge fund was facilitated into the 133 communities in the state to provide facilities that would be beneficial to the masses at the grassroots.
The agency chief noted that the prudent management of funds provided by the World Bank, the Federal and state governments earned it accolades from within and outside the state.
He said: “The Federal Government sourced for $5 million from the World Bank as grants to communities to carry electrification, civic centre, construct bridges and other communal facilities.
“But because of the way we managed the money, the Federal Government decided to facilitate another $4 million additional financing loan from World Bank for Ekiti to begin another phase.
“These projects began in 2009 in Ekiti. This workshop is targeted at making the community leaders and associations take ownership of these projects that have been abandoned, they must not be allowed to decay.”
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi urged the towns not only to take ownership of the projects but to also key into the developmental strides of his administration to banish poverty.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, regretted that the projects executed through such partnership were abandoned by immediate past government.
He said: “The World Bank has spent a lot on these projects; we must protect them and make them sustainable. So, EKCSDA must organise the community associations into groups for them to be responsive to the task of making these facilities functional.
“The four pillars of our government, which border on knowledge economy, human and infrastructural development, rural and agricultural development and health, are designed to make poverty history in our dear state.”
The lead consultant handling the project, Prof. Olaniyi Okunlola, said the World Bank will continue to support the implementation of community and social development projects at the grassroots for better sustainability.