From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has concluded training of 84 members of Community Project Management Committees (CPMC) to boost self-help projects across rural communities in the state.
Malam Dauda Momoh, General Manager of the Agency disclose this at the end of the two-day training for the CPMC members held in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital over the weekend.
Momoh said that the training of the 84 members drawn from 13 communities was aimed at equipping the participants with necessary skills and competence to manage and deliver the projects on time and within budget.
The General Manager who stressed the need for capacity building in every endeavour said, “Training is part of the mandate of the Agency. Before the implementation of any of our projects, the community must be trained.
He said that the capacity building for the CPMC members was in view of the importance the Agency attached to the projects, moreso that they were expected to commence execution of projects in their various communities and groups immediately.
“Because we will not compromise on quality and timeliness, the Kogi State CSDA has deemed it necessary to equip you with the necessary skills and competence to be able to deliver your projects on time and budget”, he said.
Earlier in an interview with Our Correspondent, the General Manager said the CSDA would spend over N220 million on 26 community development projects in the 13 communities by June, this year
He hinted that the Additional Financing of the World Bank Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) being implemented by the state through the CSDA would wind up in June.
According to him, the Agency’s work plan from January to June consists of the 13 Community Development Plans (CDPs) and three Group Development Plans (GDPs) to be executed before the expiration of the Additional Financing (AF).
Momoh said that 12 Community Development Projects in six communities were flagged off in January while 13 from seven communities in Dekina, Okene, Okehi, Olamaboro and Kogi LGAs would be flagged off as from Friday, this week.
Ogwu Samuel, from Olowa Community in Dekina Local Government, one of the trainees, said the training provided them the opportunity to acquire skills on the best practices in the management and execution of the projects.
Umar Abdulrahman, CPMC chairman, Iruvucheba Community in Okene, in his remarks, commended the agency’s efforts at ensuring improved living standard for rural communities through the community-driven intervention projects.