Enugu State in Focus – Rural Communities to Benefit from the World Bank’s N1.5billion Development Grant over the Next 3 years
The Enugu State Government has said that seven local government areas in the state are to benefit from N1.5 billion grant from the World Bank for execution of vital community development projects. The projects will be handled through the CSDP in the next three years.
General Manager, State Agency for Community and Social Development Projects, CSDP, Dr. Maximus Asogwa, made this known while briefing the State Executive Council during their meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on the progress of the partnership between the state government and the World Bank.
The state government has produced a “poor map” depicting real retched communities in the state in line with the demands by the World Bank.
According to Asogwa, the poverty map was approved by the global financial institution to identify the real poor communities requiring its intervention. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, said that the government will pay a counterpart fee of N100 million for the money to be accessed.
State Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, had earlier briefed newsmen at the end of the exco meeting attended by state executives such as Barr. Mrs. Olangwa Ezekwu, saying that the government had already approved the execution of the projects.
According to Anikwe, the councils where the projects would be executed include Isi Uzo, Nkanu East, Uzo Uwani, Igboeze North, Aninri, Awgu and Nkanu West. Two local governments were chosen from each of the three senatorial districts in the state while Nkanu West Local Government was included through a ballot by the exco. Anikwe said: “Other councils which have not benefited from the scheme will take their turns as the phases come on board in the remaining three years of the four-year programme of the World Bank.”
At the moment, the CSDP is executing on-going projects at Ovoko Agu and Ihakpu Awka in Igbo-Eze South council, Ibenda and Ohom Orba in Udenu council and Umuonu in Igbo-Eze North council.