Local government chairmen in Taraba state on Wednesday commended the Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) in the state for consistently bridging the development gap in the rural communities with the timely intervention with people oriented projects.
The chairmen who spoke at a workshop in Jalingo organized by the CSDP to enlighten critical stakeholders on community project execution and projection of projects estimate and priority evaluation, said that CSDP interventions have helped to bring governance closer to the people at the rural areas.
Daniel Adi, the chairman of Wukari local government who spoke on behalf of other chairmen noted that “due to financial constraints and other bureaucratic issues, performance at the local governments is usually below expectation. That is why the complimentary role of the CSDP is so significant and important to us.”
The state general manager of CSDP Mr Iremia Ezekiel in his opening remarks said that he was impressed with the positive feedback coming in from the various communities and local governments and assured that the CSDP was poised to transform the rural areas in the state by bringing people-oriented projects.
He commended the state government for releasing their counterparts funding promptly to enable them to get the funding from the World Bank for the projects for the year in view.
“We are getting positive feedback from the communities on the impact of our projects and that is heartwarming. The CSDP is poised to bring positive rural transformation in the state. The good thing is that the government believes in us and has paid their counterparts funds and we have a lot of money in our bag for this year.
“That is why this workshop is aimed at broadening knowledge on the activities of CSDP in Taraba state.”
He highlighted some of the achievements of the CSDP which includes school blocks, boreholes, renovation of hospitals among others.