7 Enugu Communities benefit from N70m World Bank projects

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     SEVEN communities in Enugu State have benefited from World Bank developmental projects worth over N70 million naira, the General Manager of the State Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Dr Maximus Asogwa, has said.
    Dr Asogwa while addressing journalists yesterday after the formal presentation of first tranche of 30 percent of the total fund to Leaders of each of the  seven benefitting communities, said the projects included an extension ofelectricity, rehabilitation of roads/bridges, construction of classroom /Principal office blocks, boreholes, market and civic centres.
The CSDP boss at the end of the four- day tour of the communities,explained that the projects are community driven, listing the lucky
communities as Ameke- Oduma, Amanasato-Oduma both in Aninri Local Government Area of the State.
Others are; Emeora and Mbuluowo in Enugu-East Local Government
Area while Etiti-Ozalla is in Nkanu-West Local Government Area and
Amagu Okachamma is in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area   of the State.
While speaking in each of the communities visited, Dr Asogwa took time to reiterate the need for judicious use of the funds provided
to them, stressing that accountability remains the watch word of the International donor as well as the State Government under Governor
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi whose policy on infrastructural development is in
tandem with the World Bank.
“This is a project you must hold to your hearts. We in CSDP have sensitized you before now on how effective you must be while embarking on this project. You gave us the area where you need our intervention.
Happily, the World Bank in conjunction with the Enugu State Government has come for your rescue.  The funds are ready in our office. When you utilize the first tranche of 30 percent as expected, second tranche of 50 percent will be disbursed to you while the third tranche of 20 percent will be given for completion of the project. Nobody is expected to divert the money for private use.  There should be
transparency”, he added.
All the Speakers at the various communities lauded the World
Bank, State government, Management and staff of CSDP for their timely
intervention, adding that the projects had rekindled their confidence
in government.
The State Commissioner for Rural and Human Development, Ozo
Benjamin Onuzuluike, Igwes Donald Nwochi, Igwesi Igwesi, Honourable
Uwakwe Linus Amobi and the Isi-Uzo Local Government Chairman, Dr
Benjamin Edeoga in their respective remarks, extolled Governor Ugwuanyi for creating an enabling environment to attract the projects
to their areas, adding that that they would fight for his re-election in 2019 to reciprocate the gesture.
One Mercy Nnaji, a market woman from Mbuluowo Community told journalists in CSDP General Manager’s entourage that she was overwhelmed by the construction of
market in her community, pointing that they have been traveling to Enugu the State capital with extreme difficulty to sell their farm
‘We thank God and Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for these projects.We will no longer sell our farm produce at give away prices. You can see that we do not have good road.  Pot holes everywhere.  With market
and civic centre, we can now think and hope that Government will one day help to make our road good.”, she added.
It was observed that cultural troupe entertained the audience as men, women and children rolled out drums at various communities to welcome the visitors.


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