The year, 2020 may have come with its ugliest sides but one of the good sides that remain memorable to the people of the State, is the great feat that was recorded as 350 communities across the 18 local government areas of the state benefited from laudable projects delivered by the Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA). Added to, over 900 community projects that had been executed before the new addition, Commissioner for International development Corporation, Dr. Inyang Asibong, confirmed that the Agency has been consistent with empowering communities and more citizens at the local government levels, through improved service delivery, accountability, transparency and effective communication, in the last five years of Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade’s administration.
She disclosed further that this has been made possible through the support-system of the State and the World Bank Assisted Projects, explaining, “The Cross River State, World Bank Assisted Project is a Community-Driven Development (CDD) intervention mechanism designed for improving empowerment, service delivery and local governance, through empowerment of people in local communities”.
Dr. Asibong who spoke at a “Post-Completion and Project Sustainability” workshop, advised beneficiaries to ensure the sustenance of the assets that are in their respective localities, warning that government will not provide would not provide any further support to any community that fails to maintain and sustain the already existing projects in
its domain. The Agency’s Board Chairman, Sir Toni Ikpeme, commended the communities’ people for taking positive steps that have resulted into the successful completion and implementation of projects in their communities, and
according to standards and specifications.
While encouraging them to further apply more community-level strategies to maintain and sustain their assets, Sir Ikpeme used the occasion to applaud Governor Ayade for making life easier for the generality of Cross Riverians.
Also commenting, Acting General Manager, Mr. Fidel Undie, commended the Governor for ensuring that the Agency is properly funded and continuously, to be able to provide adequate support to communities, even at the height of
unprecedented challenges.