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World Bank completes 102 micro-projects in Bayelsa

04 February 2014, 12:03

Abuja - The Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), a World Bank-assisted programme, has completed 102 micro-projects in Bayelsa State, the project manager has said.

Oyintonyo Oboro, the General Manager, Bayelsa State CSDP Agency, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

She said the projects had been achieved within a five year period from 2009 to 2013 with the World Bank’s credit of five million dollars (or N800 million).

"We’ve been able to fund 60 communities translating to 60 community development plans.

"Out of these 60 communities the request we had was for 122 micro projects.

"Out of these, 102 are being completed and are functional; these are micro-projects in different sectors - education, health, transport, environment, and so on."

NAN recalls that the CSDP, a five year programme, effective from 2009 to 2013 is geared towards grassroots development and poverty reduction.

The Federal Government had obtained a 200 million dollar credit (N32 billion) from the World Bank on loan to 26 participating states which are mandated to establish agencies by law and pay 100 million naira as counterpart funding annually.

Participating states are given five million dollars each for onward disbursement to interested communities which meet the criteria for the funds.

Interested communities are encouraged to apply for projects and are mandated to pay 10 per cent counterpart funds either in cash or kind, to establish ownership of whatever projects they choose to do.

While commenting on the need for governments to remit their N100 million counterpart funds for the programme, Oboro urged governments’ increased political will towards the programme.

She said, "The most important thing is that all the state governments should be able to pay their counterpart contribution.

"Mine still has some outstanding but I know that we made a request and I’m sure that our request will be granted by the governor."

NAN reports that although the programme has exceeded its initial five-year period, the World Bank has indicated interest to extend it for another two years.

The decision was made to accommodate the execution of micro projects in the FCT and Akwa Ibom which joined the programme in 2013.

Names of other states to benefit from additional funding from the two-year extension programme are yet to be announced by the World Bank.

-  NAN


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