Monday, 14 September 2020

Community Development: Asibong Inspects Ongoing Intervention Projects In Obudu

....Describes Ayade as a Governor with a heart for his people

The Cross River State Government has assured communities that she will increase the support of government to expand the scope of intervention to allow for more Communities to benefit from it's social development projects across the state.

Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, gave the assurances when she led the team of the State Community and Social Development Agency (CRS-CSDA) to commission completed projects and inspect some ongoing projects In Obudu Local Government Area.

Asibong said the projects aims at increasing access of the rural dwellers, particularly the vulnerable within these communities, to improve access to sustainable social infrastructural services, considering that over 70% of Cross River residents live in rural settlements.

According to the Commissioner, the distinction of the successes recorded so far belongs to Governor Ben Ayade whose interest is to touch lives of rural dwellers. She however urged the benefitting communities to take ownership and ensure sustainability of the projects.

"His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade, always has the interest of his people at heart and his administration has not relented in its aim to take governance closer to the grassroot. It is on the backdrop of this that I am here on behalf of His Excellency to access the level of work done by the agency and I must say it is commendable. we are happy that all completed projects are being utilized," Asibong noted. 

The projects include construction of solar powered boreholes sited in different locations within Kakum Community to improve access to potable water and culvert linking the community to their farmlands. In Bebuawhan Community, the projects visited were well equipped and furnished Health post to improve access to health care services and a solar powered borehole to service the health Post and the larger community, all in Obudu Local Government Council of Cross River State.

The CSDA Board Chairman, Mr Toni Ikpeme whilst lauding the community leaders for providing adequate security that encouraged speed of work at different project sites, assured them of Government's continued support.

Acting General Manager, Mr Fidel Udie while providing technical details of the projects, explained that despite the many bottlenecks, the resilience of the community had them achieve so much even within the COVID 19 period. Udie assured the Commissioner on a timely completion and handing over of outstanding project with due regards to agreed  specifications . 

Also the DG, CRSPHCDA, Dr Janet Ekpeyong expressed her satisfaction at the level of work completion in all the health post visited. She commended the community spirit put during projects implementation leading to quality completion and being put. She also promised to support health post that are still ongoing when completed with relevant health staff.

The Micro projects are funded through the Cross River State Community and Social Development Agency, a Cross River State project assisted by the World Bank.