Take Community Development Seriously, Wada Tells LG Chiefs

By The Rainbow

Gov. Idris Wada of Kogi has directed the authorities of the 21 local government areas in the state to adopt Community-Driven Development (CDD) management strategy to fast-track development.

Wada gave the directive on Saturday while inaugurating two micro projects at Ministry of Mercy Orphanage and a block of three classrooms constructed by the state Community and Social Development Agency at Anisha, Lokoja.

Wada said that he was convinced that the participatory approaches of the agency, through the CDD strategy in managing development, could be a dependable tool for the Transformation Agenda of his administration.

The governor, who commended the commitment and prudence of the agency, said the CDD approach was “a process where beneficiaries of development actions are themselves the initiators and drivers of the development processes''.

He said that the event was a demonstration of his administration's commitment to the emancipation of the poor and down-trodden people from poverty, ignorance and disease.

“This government strongly believes in the restoration of the dignity of man which can only be achieved by stamping out the causes of poverty, diseases and ignorance,'' he said.

Wada said his administration was committed to prompt payment of the state's counterpart obligations to donor and funding agencies.

Speaking earlier, Mr James Obiba, the General Manager of the agency, said some local government staff members had been trained to mainstream the CDD strategy in their development management.

He, however, expressed regret that only Omala Local Government Area of the state had commenced the process.

Mrs Rose Igonoh, the spokesperson of the community, commended Wada for taking interest in the development plan of Anisha community.

She also pleaded with government to come to the aid of the community in the areas of infrastructure, water, electricity, health, employment and security.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the orphanage hostel facility was constructed with N5.6 million while the block of three classrooms with furniture, office and other facilities was constructed with N4.3 million. (NAN)