Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Government and the World Bank have collaborated to alleviate the rate of poverty in the state through Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
The State Governor, Bala Mohammad who lunched the distribution of N377million grants to 21 benefiting communities from the (CSDP) said that N100million has been released as counterpart contribution for the implementation of the project.
Governor Bala while issuing the cheques in Bauchi yesterday, pledged the commitment of his administration towards implementing numerous programmes in line with the cardinal objectives of good governance.
He noted that, to compliment the World Bank giant strides, his administration is making deliberate attempt to provide infrastructures to critical sectors of the economy to ensure conducive atmosphere for the growth of small businesses amongst others.
He added that as a conscious effort to institutionalise sustainability plans, the project has provided 3 level initiative aimed at ensuring full ownership.
Bala added that the state government has entered into a strategic partnership with the World Bank to strengthen the capacity of rural communities and enjoined the beneficiaries of the micro grants to employ the ethics of sincere ownership and safeguard the unique investment for enhanced quality of life.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Aminu Hassan Gamawa pointed out that, the Community and Social Development Project is one of the areas of collaboration between the state government and the World Bank to reduce poverty through community participation in service delivery.
Dr Aminu Gamawa said the presentation of the cheques to the communities is a tandem with the present administration’s drive to reduce youth restiveness, unemployment, hunger and squalor by redirecting the scare resources for more productive economic gains.
He said that the Ministry had maintained its open door policy for the purposes of interaction with Civil Society Organizations to engender partnership, collaboration and joint monitoring and evaluation of the priorities for the year 2020 fiscal year.
Earlier, the General Manager, Community and Social Development Project, Sadiq Mohammed explained that the grants were for the 2018/2019 for the execution of micro projects at the grassroots.