Ebonyi CSDA Poised to Prosecute Defaulting Communities

By Madonna Nwani

 

The sledge hammer of Ebonyi State Community social Development Agency, CSDA, has fallen on Agalegu–Onuenyim Community in Izzi Local Government Area.

The General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Peter Mbam, announced the cancellation of electrification micro-project earlier approved for the community with the intention of recovering the amount so far ploughed into the project by the Agency.

Dr. Mbam who dropped this hint last Tuesday in Abakaliki during a terminal workshop for stakeholders to formally wind up the additional financing phase of the programme in the state vowed to have the community project management committee of Agalegu-Onuenyim in prosecuted for default.

Dr. Mbam who frowned at the shoddy job so far done by the community stated that the essence of the workshop on micro-project sustainability and CDPs/GDPs/MPs status review for CPMCs, GPMCs CDAs, facilitators, Local Government and MDA desk officers was to ensure that no single micro project approved by the Agency in Ebonyi State, was left unfinished by April 30, 2020.

He further announced that Ebonyi State has retained its position as the number one state in Nigeria in terms of draw-down of funds from World Bank among the 30 participating states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the cheering news was unveiled last week in Abuja during a meeting by stakeholders.

According to him, the agency would leave no room for a blight or black leg at the end of June 30 when the phase would formally wind up in Nigeria.

“We want to strategically prepare the state to end well in the World Bank rating,” he said, adding. All states’ agencies must ensure that all projects are completed and in use.

According to him, the workshop was an effort on their part to collectively ginger all benefiting communities to agree together on ways of ensuring that no project is left uncompleted.

Giving timeline and deadline for the project execution he said, “all roads/bridges/culverts and water micro-projects are to be completed by 31st of March this year.

While all other micro projects are to be completed by 30th of April 2020. He also directed contractors/service providers to receive their tranches from CPMCS only in line with the release to communities and groups in line with the agreements signed.

The GM further directed his agency field and account staff to speedily assist communities and groups in the retirement of their tranches.

He finally announced that his management and all the technical staff of the Agency are to be divided into four teams to commence monitoring of all on-going MPs from Monday 16th of March, 2020 to ensure strict adherence to the aforementioned stipulations.

Earlier in a lecture on sustainability, a resource person, Engr. Paschal Nwovu harped on the need for ensure effective utilization of the projects after completion

“Planning and implementation of development project is expected to have a sustainability plan he said, adding “Concern is that the benefits and results achieved through the established projects would be maintained and enhanced by the ultimate end-user and their community based on their own their own commitment and resource after the termination of external assistance.

He also disclosed the external assistance was limited as “(SDA approvals” alone cannot do your projects 100%. “If after the third tranche you are not able to complete your project, you look inwards for assistance to source funds for the completion.

Engr. Nwovu directed community Development Associations ensure, smooth transition of project sustainability by handing over their projects and sustainability plans to their successors as well as a permanent sustainability sub-committee. The senior special Assistant to the Governor on human Capital Development Mrs. Ann Aligue who on behalf of the state Governor, declared the work shop open, called on the CPMCS to be selfless in their service to communities,

She changed them to work, with their eyes, not on immediate gains but for the benefit of future generations. “Even if you don’t benefit material, your children would benefit materially, your children would benefit and history will remember you for good”.

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