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World Bank, CSDA Support Communities’ Growth in Oyo

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By Adams Akorede
The World Bank through the Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) in some communities of Oyo state have supported projects ranging from construction of bridges, health centres, classrooms and sinking of boreholes to lift their status and engender quality wellbeing for the people.
The benefitting areas are; Idi-Emi in Sepeteri, Saki East Local Government where the agency provided them with three motorised borehole and two motorised borehole at Isale-Odo Community, Irepodun Local government.
Also, the Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) installed 500KVA transformer and extended electricity in Kishi area of the state.
It also completed a community hall, and made available two motorised borehole at Isale-Odo community, Irepodun Local Government, area of the state.

Others are: Bridges at Elegbo Community in Atiba Local Government, Sooro LCDA, Health Center at Surulere Community, Sakilap, Wewe LCDA, a Block of Science Laboratory at Community High School, Oosu, Ayigbiri, transformer and electrification also at Ayigbiri, 2Unit Motorised Borehole and Health Center at Surulere Community, Sakilap, Saki West Local Government, Examination Hall at Baptist Grammar School, Ajawa in Ogo Oluwa Local Government, bridges, installation of transformers, community hall, drainage, construction of roads at Anuoluwapo and Ogbere in Ona Ara local government areas of Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

The General Manager of the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) Mr. Adewole Babatunde who led some select group of journalists to the spot of the projects implemented by the communities through the support of the Agency of the Oyo State Government, CSDA with the world Bank assisted fund across the state described the intervention as timely for the people of the affected areas.

Babatunde said many communities across the state have benefited from the gesture and the agency wish to do more for development of the rural communities in the state. He explained that usually, the communities set up a committee called CSDP,  headed by an elder in the community and appoints chairman, secretary and treasurer to oversee the project.
“What we does was to provide financial support for the communities. We asked them to provide 10 percent of the overall cost of the project and we raised the balance to fund the it. It is a counterpart funding by the Oyo state government and the World Bank to bring development to those rural communities.”
Chairmen CPMC in various communities commended the state governments and the world bank for their supports in ensuring that development is spinning up in the rural communities.
The Secretary of CPMC in Sepeteri area of the state,  Nofisat Adebola said “Before this project was put in place, our people used to fetch water from a river called Akindi. The steam was contaminated because it is the same place our people dump refuse and defecate to, but since the intervention of CSDP, our problem has been resolved.
“The water project has resolved the issue of diseases contacted by the people through the conterminated water they were consuming but now, our people are now living a healthy life,” she said.
Another resident,  Mr. Kehinde Ojerinu, said “we suffered water a lot in this community, the water we consumed before CSDP come to our aids was full of germs due to the dirty and refuse our people dump to the stream. We now have quality water supply at our door step through the intervention of CSDP.
Also, another resident,  Mr. Tajudeen Ogummodede, Chairman Kajola Community in Idi-Emi, Sepeteri, Saki East local government area of the state said: “over 30 houses have been benefiting from this water project and our people are very happy to have this project in their midst because it has alleviated their suffering.”
To pastor Lawrence Bamgbopa, Chairman Saki-lap CPMC, the gesture was commendable. He said “we conveyed a meeting and we resolved that we need adequate Health Centre. Initially, we requested for three project which was an health center, electric poles and a motorised borehole, all these projects is amounting N10.2million which we only contributed N200,000 being the 10 percent of the total amount.
“We have a problem of an health center, the one we are using before was not adequate enough, and it’s location is very far and that is why the community requested for another one.
“We rented an apartment which serve as our health center before, and there is no enough space to admit patient because the place is not convenient compare to here.
“Our people have benefited immensely from these projects. Those who used to work along distance to receive treatment don’t go anymore before the health center is now close to them.
“As community, we contributed certain amount of money when ever we have a meeting for the maintainance and to repair these project when ever the needs arises.”
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