In a bid to further enhance developmental projects in communities, Ogun State Government has released the sum of N85.5m as Grants-in-Aid to Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Development Council across the three Senatorial Districts in the State.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Ganiyu Hamzat disclosed this during a 4-day programme, organised by the Ministry, for the 2020 disbursement of the grants in Abeokuta.
Hamzat who highlighted procedures for the disbursement said, 400 CDAs were considered to receive the grants in the first batch, while subventions would be disbursed to 300 Area Community Development Committees, 20 Zonal Community Development Committees, three Senatorial Community Development Committees, as well as the State Community Development Council, which is the apex body.
He assured that other members would be granted their cheques accordingly, affirming that, the Associations were veritable tools for the nation’s building in achieving geometric development, both at the rural and urban areas in the State.
“Let me affirm that the present administration recognises and appreciates the tremendous contributions of Community Development Associations to the development of our State. They are indeed partners in progress, especially towards the ‘Building our Future Together’ agenda of the present administration.” Hamzat submitted.
The Commissioner explained that about N10bn had been committed to the provision of facilities, such as schools, roads, hospitals, transformers and boreholes, by almost 9,000 Community Development Associations in the nooks and crannies of the State.
“It is evident that no government can provide all the needs of the people, and it is in this view that the Community Development Associations take it upon themselves to provide their pressing needs”, he added.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who was represented by the State Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Salisu, said the grant would aid proposed projects in their various communities.
He enjoined all members to allow peaceful co-existence among themselves, pledging that government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring maximum support for the Associations.
Responding, the Chairman, Community Development Council, Prince Amos Oladele, expressed satisfaction for the disbursement, assuring that adequate supervision would be given to the beneficiaries, to ensure the purpose for which the fund was granted.