Sustainable Development In Rural Communities: A'Ibom Govt Pledges Continuous Support To CSDP
The Akwa Ibom gov ernment has pledged to support the state Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) to enable it to record more success in facilitating the implementation of micro-projects across rural communities in the state.
The commissioner for economic development and Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon, made the pledge recently when members of board of directors of Anambra Community and Social Development Agency paid him a courtesy visit in his office recently.
Okon who quipped, “CSDP is making significant impact in the area of development of our rural communities”, said, “we are doing everything possible to have a very robust relationship with our development partners”
While attributing the success of CSDP to the support of government, hard work on the part of the ministry and that of the agency, the commissioner reiterated the commitment of the state government to support the agency to maintain its tempo of achievements.
He stressed that government was passionate about developing both the urban and rural areas of the state, adding, “that is why our governor does not play when it comes to issues of counterpart funding for us to access funding from donor agencies for the purpose of intervening in our rural communities”
Okon maintained that the ministry was working closely with the agency towards ensuring that their activities was in line with the five point agenda of the governor.
He thanked the members of board of directors of Anambra Community and Social Development Agency for finding it worthy to visit the state and intimated them of the giant strides of Gov Udom Emmanuel in the state.
The commissioner described Governor Emmanuel as a leader who is focused and wants development for the state, adding that he was working hard to ensure the rate of unemployment was brought down to the barest minimum.
According to him, “today we have industries that were not functioning that are functioning now. Since he came into power, we have about 17 industries functioning and offering employment opportunities for out people”
He expressed optimism that the visit will enable the state to gain a lot through exchange of ideas amongst them.
The chairman, board of directors of Anambra Community and Social Development, Igwe Rowland Odegbo said their visit was to enable them learn from the Akwa Ibom state Community and Social Development Agency, having been recognized nationally as one of the states that has performed well.
Odegbo who said they want to learn from the best because they want to be better than their present position, promised to work hard to compete with Akwa Ibom so as to share in their accolades.
While commending the state government for its giant strides in terms of development, the board chairman said “I hope our visit will give us opportunity to grow in this project.”
The general manager, Akwa Ibom Agency for Community and Social Development Project, Mr Ishmael Akpan, thanked the commissioner for granting them the needed support in their efforts to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in rural communities.
Akpan disclosed that the agency was presently facilitating implementation of CSDP in 89 benefiting communities across the three senatorial districts of the state, adding that recently 10 more communities have been added to the fold with cheques disbursed to them by the commissioner.
He expressed the hope that the visit will provide them the opportunity to compare notes, practices and also share experiences which will help both agencies to chart a road map for improvement.
The delegation from Anambra were taken round the various projects sites to see things for themselves, and some of the communities visited include, Ikot Ondo in Essien Udim Local government and Itie Ikpe in Ini Local government area.
The general manager, Anambra State CSDP, Mr Chudi Mojekwu applauded Governor Udom Emmanuel for extending development to communities in the state.
Mojekwu commended the cordial relationship existing between the State Agency and the various communities
The CPMC chairman, Bishop Francis Essien who pointed out that monitoring was the best way to get things done noted that the three micro project including; health center, VIP toilet and water were completed within nine months under the supervision of CSDP officials.