Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Thursday inaugurated some projects in five communities under the Community and Social Development Projects (CSDPs) initiative.
The projects were executed in line with the Six-Point Integral Action plan of the administration aimed at alleviating poverty at the community level.
The CSDPs included the 300kva transformers in Akinjole community in Gbongan, Oke Alaafia community and Ibiyemi Community in Ede and Jagun community in Ido-Osun.
Others are the boreholes in Apaso Community in Ede and Ika community in Ejigbo.
Aregbesola, represented by his Special Adviser on Water Resources and Rural Development, Hon. Babatunde Ibirogba, urged the benefiting communities to make judicious use of the amenities in their domains.
” The intervention projects was to support rural communities and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and also increase access of poor people to improved social amenities and infrastructural services,” Aregbesola said.
According to him, the present administration has been able to complete 406 gender-sensitive and social inclusive micro-projects in eight sectors across 331 communities.
He said some counterpart fund was released by his administration before the World Bank was able to release some funds to make the projects a reality.
The governor urged the communities to support the government in return by paying taxes regularly.
The CSDP Board Chairman, Mr Abdulrahman Musa, commended the governor for supporting the initiative since the inception of his administration.
Musa said that the governor was able to pay N700 million as counterpart contribution which enabled the state to access over N2.6 billion credit from the World Bank.
Mrs Funmi Abokede , General Manager of the CSDP, said the projects inaugurated were part of the many embarked on by the administration.
Abokede, represented by Mr Felix Akimwande, Operation Manager, CSDP, urged the communities to make good use of the amenities.
Representatives of the benefiting communities, Mr Samson Akinola, Abdulsemiu Ayanloye and Kayode Akande commended the state government and the World Bank, promising that the projects would be effectively utilised.