CSDP INTERVENTIONClassroom Blocks (CSDP Intervention).

By Danjuma Wakili

Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in Niger State has applauded the Leprosy Colony in Chanchaga, Paikoro Local Government and Hamadala community in Lapai Local Government for being prudent and transparent in the management of resources allocated to them from 2015 to 2019.

The Vice-Chairman of the CSDP, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaba, a retired permanent secretary with Niger State Government applauded the communities during a tour of facilities carried out at some communities across the state.

Mrs. Elizabeth said that the agency used the Community Driven Development (CDD) model to assist the poor and the vulnerable communities in rural areas to execute micro-projects in the state.

She commended the communities for sustaining and maintaining the projects and facilities provided to them by CSDP, adding that over 15, 500 household and the vulnerable groups have so far benefitted from their intervention.

The agency has provided the Leprosy Colony in Chanchaga with a block of five classrooms, connected it to pipe-borne water from Chanchaga Waterworks.

They equally empowered them with five tricycles (Keke NAPEP), already it is yielding them income as they have bought two tricycles additional from the proceeds made out of the ones given to them by CSDP.

Also speaking, at the Leprosarium, the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman, Inusa Jatau said that CSDP has brought education to their doorsteps as their wards would no longer walk far distance to seek education.

He added that enrolment of pupils in the school has since increased.

The community commended CSDP for the provision of social amenities provided for them like water and classrooms, they appealed to the government to provide them with more teachers.

At Hamdala, a Fulani community, the community leader, Alh Hamdala Modibbo thanked the CSDP for providing them with health centre, construction of a block of three classrooms, construction of headmaster’s office, and a town hall.

Alh Modibbo added that enrollment in schools has increased, more girls have enrolled in school, adding that they are Fulani settlement and do not support Almajri system, rather what they do is encouraging western and Qur’anic go together.

He appealed to the state and Lapai Local Government to as a matter of urgency reconstruct their collapsed bridge that link them with Lapai as they have been cut off.

With the programme ending in June next year, the CSDP General Manager, Alh Yusuf A. Usman said that they have spent over N2b, promising that more communities are to benefit from them before the programme winds down.