The Ogun State Government said it has released N85.5m as grants in aid to Community Development Associations and its council in order to enhance developmental projects in community areas across the state.
It said this in a statement on Friday titled ‘Ogun govt grants N85.5m to CDAs, council for self-help projects’.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Ganiyu Hamzat, disclosed this during a four-day programme organised by the ministry for the 2020 disbursement of grant-in-aid to Community Development Associations held in Abeokuta.
Hamzat, who highlighted the procedures for the disbursement, said 400 CDAs had been 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 and the State Community Development Council.
He assured that other members would be granted their cheques accordingly, noting that no association in the state in all the categories would be left out of the grant.
Hamzat said the associations were veritable tools for nation building in achieving geometric development both at the rural and urban areas in the state hence, the need for government’s support.
He said, “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 futures together agenda’ of the present administration.”
He explained that about N10bn had been committed to the provision of facilities such as schools, roads, hospitals, transformers, boreholes by about 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 felt needs,” he added.
The statement said in his remark, the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who was represented by the State Chief of Staff, Alhaji Shuaib Salis, said the grant would aid the proposed projects in their various communities.
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