The Oasis Reporters
November 28, 2019
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The World Bank has expressed commitment to work with local government councils in Nigeria through the states’ Community and Social Development Agencies to alleviate poverty and bring development to the people at the grassroots
The Task Team Leader of the World Bank Community and Social Development Programme , Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa disclosed this in Jos, Plateau State capital, during an interactive session with Chairmen of the Eleven (11) Local Governments in the State that are implementing the Community and Social Development Programme, CSDP in the state.
Our correspondent reports that since the introduction of the programme in 2009, this is the first time the World Bank Team has visited Plateau State to reveal the performances and the implementation of the CSDP in the state.
Addressing the Council Chairmen during the interactive session held at the board room of the Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency, PLCSDA, Prof. Akunmadewa said the World Bank is set to round up the funding of the programme, but expressed optimism that it will continue to partner and Support Plateau State in view of the commitments the state has put in the programme.
“I have gone round the state and I can say that Plateau State is a trailblazer, because the project is doing well in the state. I have seen projects going on, some completed, and I saw one primary Health Care working well.
” I meet with local government Chairmen and communities who are happy with the local government, the Agency and the state government for taking steps to bring development to them.
“The World Bank is rounding up funding of the programme, but I assure you that, this project is run by the state government but the World Bank has discussions ongoing on for the next step on
credit support and I assure you that states that are doing well will get intervention”
He commended the state and local governments and the implementing partners for taking the lead in the implementation of CSDP in the State, saying “in Plateau State where the state government has found it useful, I see a long future for this intervention in the state.
Speaking, the General Manager of the Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency, PLCSDA, Mrs. Felicity Gurumyen said she is fulfilled to give testimonies that CSDP project which started in 2009 has significantly transformed many Communities.
The implementing local governments in Plateau State include; Riyom, Mangu, Jos-East, Bokkos, Wase and Kanke. Others are: Langtang-North, Mikang, Shendam and Bassa.