As the Federal Government continues to develop several initiatives with the support of the World Bank to alleviate poverty and improve the standard of living, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Umar Farouq, has confirmed that an estimated 11 million direct beneficiaries and 25 million indirect beneficiaries across the Federation have benefited from the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).
It may be recalled that the program, which is co-financed by the Federal government and supported by the World Bank was launched in 2009, covering 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, who disclosed this at an event to officially bring the CSDP program to a close in Abuja, explained that the projects successfully executed during the period include about 16,166 micro-projects in health, education, transportation, electrification, and community-housing scheme, in 5,664 communities and 934 vulnerable groups across the selected local governments and states.
The Minister said “This points to the fact that devolving implementation power to the communities has intrinsic propensity to accelerate poverty reduction and recovery of the economy from crises. CSDP projects across the country have records of very good maintenance and sustainability.”
World Bank Country Director ShubamChaudhuri, in his reaction, said “This really is our aspiration in the World Bank, to help Nigeria build durable, sustainable physical and institutional programs and platforms that are critical to realizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s ambition and aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.”
The National Coordinator of the National Social Safety Net Coordinating Office (NASSCO), LorwaApera, also speaking at the event noted that vulnerable people across the selected states benefitted immensely from the project while it lasted.
Governor of Ekiti State, KayodeFayemi, while speaking, acknowledged the support of the World Bank, and also attributed the successful execution of the projects to the cooperation of the people within the assigned states.