Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA disburse N197m for community projects

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has disbursed the sum of N197 million for infrastructure development at the community levels in the FCT, under the Community and Social Development Programmes, CSDP. 

Presenting cheques to the representatives of 23 communities in the six area councils that are beneficiaries of the fund, the FCT permanent secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, said the CSDP have been of great importance in the development of rural communities in the territory. 

Ohaa, who commended the efforts of the Community and Social Development Project workers representing their communities, urged them to ensure that the funds are judiciously utilized for the set purpose. 

He said the issuance of the cheques will enable the FCT Administration assess the performance of the community driven development projects, the challenges they encounter and the way forward for successful implementation of the various community development and poverty alleviation projects within the FCT. 

The permanent secretary also gave assurances that the FCT Administration will continue to partner with various international and community agencies as well as other groups, towards the achievement of its vision of ensuring an acceptable standard of living for FCT residents. 

Giving further insights into the Community and Social Development Programme in the FCT, the Director, Economic Planning, Research and Statistics, of the FCTA, Mr. Lawal Muhammed, said that the CSDP is an intervention that effectively targets social and environmental infrastructure at the community level. 

He said the project works through a counterpart funding format whereby the communities would raise 10 percent of the total cost of their selected micro-projects (in cash and in kind), while the FCT CSDP matches that with 90 percent grant. 

Also explaining the various components of the Micro Projects under the FCT CSDP, the General Manager, FCT CSDP, Dr Shuaibu Adamu, said the projects cut across all the rural communities and they include health, electricity, water, roads as well natural infrastructure projects. 

He said there are currently 19 ongoing micro projects, with 65 projects completed while work is yet to commence on 40 others. 

A breakdown of the sum total of N197.5 million presented to the communities under the CSDP, shows that each of the various communities numbering 23 got between N5.3 million and N8.9 respectively, depending on the nature of their projects. 

Some of the beneficiaries of the project who spoke during the event said the projects would be of immense benefit to their various communities. 

Martha Kabani, a widow also disclosed that they have been able to construct a skill acquisition centre for the training of the numerous widows within their community. 

“We have many widows in our community and because of this programme, we have been able to build a skill acquisition centre. Now, we have a processing engine, we can also prepare liquid soap, many women have handwork now,” she said,   

 

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