Covid-19: CRSG activates multi-sectoral approach to covid-19 intervention; releases #79M for 21 micro projects across the State

Cross State Government has commenced the disbursement of N79Million (Seventy-nine Million Naira) to activate the implementation of 21 micro projects across the benefiting communities in the State.

The communities are Atakpa Community, Calabar South; Ebuafen and Ayikang Iye, Bekwarra; Abijang and Agbokim Mgbabor, Etung; and Okweriseng, Ashikpe, Betukwel and Bebuawhan in Obudu Local Government Area among others.

The World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is under the State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), which the Ministry of International Development Cooperation (MIDC) Coordinates.

The micro projects includes the renovation of classroom blocks with motorized borehole and Improved toilets equipped with ventilations within these communities, the provision of 1.5KVA hybrid solar electricity and panoramic solar street lights, the construction and equipping of health post, and the construction of solar powered borehole as well as culverts across these nine communities.

The State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, while presenting cheques to the benefitting Communities, urged them to hasten the implementation of the projects with emphasis on standards and specifications to meet global best practices and to further reduce poverty and unemployment in their domain.

Asibong told the beneficiaries the efforts of the state Governor, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade, who paid the required counterpart funds as a requisite to earn the World Bank’s support at the critical time of need for lockdown in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the event, the Ag. Manager of Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Mr Fidel Udie, explained that the micro projects were identified by the communities as necessary interventions to alleviate poverty in the identified areas.

He said the project will directly pull the State and Federal Government closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called for the judicious use of the funds to meet the set objectives.

Some of the community leaders who took turns to express their gratitude to Governor Ben Ayade led administration for the quick interventions during the lockdown, promised to take full ownership of the projects for overall Sustainable Development, Poverty reduction and employment generation for the People of the State.

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