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World Bank, Kogi set aside N850m for community projects

The World Bank in collaboration with  he Kogi government is to spend  N850 million on the execution of some community projects in different parts of the state. Mr James Odeba, General Manager, Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (KGCSDA) disclosed this on Sunday in Lokoja.

He said that the World Bank would contribute N750 million to facilitate the execution of the projects.He said the government had already paid the required counterpart fund of N100 million, to enable it draw from the $200 million the World Bank has set aside for the execution of some community projects in Nigeria.

He said that the projects which would be executed between now and 2010, would cover education, health, water, electricity, rural roads, establishment of skill acquisition and development centres, civic centres and orphanages. Odeba said part of the money would also be used to execute any other projects that were capable of uplifting the quality of life of the people in rural areas. He said that people would be allowed to determine projects to be located in their communities, adding that benefiting communities would be required to make 10 per cent counterpart contribution to the project.He also said that the various local government councils in the state had critical role to play in the execution of the projects as communities wishing to benefit would have to come through their respective councils.

Odeba said that the agency was not making any financial demand on the local councils, adding that it was incumbent on them to set machinery in motion for the passage of what he called local government review committee bye-law.

He explained that the enactment of the bye-law would give legal backing to the establishment of an eight-member committee in each of the 21 local government councils in the state.He listed Ankpa, Kabba, Yagba West, Yagba East and Mopa-Moro local government councils as the only five local governments in the state that had set up their own committees and urged the remaining council areas to emulate them.

He said that the defunct Kogi State Agency for Poverty Reduction (KSAPR) which he headed, spent N1.5 billion on the execution of 309 projects in various parts of the state 2001 and 2005.Odeba explained that the success recorded by the KSAPR which he described as a pilot project, was what encouraged Gov Ibrahim Idris to establish the KGCSDA in April this year. According to him, the agency was charged it with the responsibility of handling the new N850 million World Bank-assisted community projects.


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