In fulfillment of its mandate toward the reduction of poverty among communities in Yobe state, the agency for community and social development has from 2016 to date, executed 74 micro projects at the cost of N320.7 million in the provision of social amenities ranging from water supply, education, health, rural electrification and transport among others in Yobe state communities.
The General Manager, CSDP in the state, AlhajiGoniBabagana stated this yesterday while briefing journalists on the project report of the agency in the implementation of micro projects in the state, within the year under review.
He however, pointed out that the agency only acts as a facilitator, while the selected and affected communities are the executors of their variously selected and approved projects with the aim to train and improve the capacity of the communities’ project management teams to be able to manage the project for sake of sustainability.
He pointed out that within the year under review, the agency has approved a total number of 116 micro projects out of which 74 has been completed at the total cost of NN320.7 million, 23 are ongoing worth N89.1 million and 19 are yet to commence which would cost the sum of N61.4 million.
The agency, he said has also approved group development projects in the community housing sector consisting of construction of units of room apartments with toilets for settler and returnee IDP groups in Gujba local government and in Damaturu, the state capital respectively, all worth the total sum of 38.7 million.
Out of these projects, five have been completed while three are on-going all aimed at reducing poverty among those vulnerable groups seriously affected by Boko Haram insurgency, to enable them gradually, to live an improved lives.
He commended the state governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam for his determination to improve the living standard of his people through the provision of social amenities for the people, and to sustain these world bank funded projects in the state, has released the total sum of N600 million naira to the agency within the year under review.
The seven approved sectors in the community and social development project includes, education, environment and natural resources, health, rural electrification, socio economic, transport and water supply.