By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Chairman of the Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Honourable Babatunde Esuola has hinted that the state government is to create a separate budget line for Community Development in the state.
Honourable Esuola dropped this hint while speaking at the quarterly meeting of the board in Ibadan.
According to Honourable Esuola, with a separate budget line for communities and groups, more people in the state will have access to benefit from the Community and Social Development Agency soon
The Oyo state CSDA Board Chairman stressed that the creation of separate budget line would give room for community driven development (CDD) approach, with a bid to ensure an all inclusive process.
Emphasizing that the project will focus on the core poor and voiceless in the society using the State poverty map, Honourable Esuola said the present administration in Oyo state under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde is ready to partner with interested Stakeholders/ phillatropists who will be ready to provide support and assistance in the area of community development.
The Board Chairman stressed that the Community Development champions will be inagurated in the state in the shortest possible time to take charge of these responsibilities.
Speaking earlier, the CSDA Ag. General Manager, Engr (Mrs) Raheemat Abisola Adabanija said that with the winding down of the CSDP, Government at all levels should focus on mainstreaming the CDD strategy into their Government policy.
Engineer Mrs Adabanija maintained that with the success of CSDP over the years, the agency has been identified as one of the platforms that will be executing the CARES Program to be funded by the World Bank in the result area 1, targeted at improving the lives of the people.ENDS.