By Sule Sani, Jalingo
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has said that the remarkable transformation going on at the rural areas through the Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) has helped in bringing the government closer to the people than ever before in the history of the state.
The governor disclosed this on Tuesday at the training session of local government stakeholders in Community Development Plans (CDP) organized by the CSDP held in Jalingo, the state capital.
Ishaku who was represented by the state Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr. Saleh Wunuji promised to make funding more available to the Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) to enable the agency to reach more communities in the state.
“I am overwhelmed by the testimonies of the people who are getting access to power supply, portable water, roads, and several other interventions for the first time.” Ishaku said.
The governor also commended the management of CSDP for judiciously using the funds at their disposal for the development of people in the state, while he assured them of doing more in the days to come by making more fund available for other communities to benefit from the projects.
Speaking on behalf of the sixteen local government chairmen and other stakeholders in the state, Chairman of Ussa local Government Area, Mr Rimamsikwe Karma said that “the CSDP has become the unstoppable rescue train captained by the governor himsef with a strong crew at the CSDP that is determined in reaching out to people at the rural areas.”
Earlier, the state General Manager of CSDP, Mr Iremia Ezekiel Danjuma said the training had become imperative to ensure that the people are abreast with the best practices in community development projects planning and execution so as to ensure that the projects delivered are of the best quality.
Danjuma urged people to take ownership of the projects in their various communities and to guard them jealously so that they will last long for further generations to also benefit from them.
Recall that the CSDP recently disbursed over five hundred million Naira for various community projects across Taraba state.