The Oyo State government has approved the release of seventy-two million naira as counterpart fund for the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (OYCSDA)with the aim to improving the living standard of people in the rural communities.
The Board Chairman of the OYCSDA, Hon. Ahmed Babatunde, who disclosed this noted that the fund was meant to access a World Bank intervention fund on COVID-19 Action Response and Economic Stimulus for empowerment project.
He said the project is expected to kick off in January 2021 with a focus on livelihood of the people at the grassroots.
Hon. Ahmed said this during an impact assessment and evaluation tour to some of the project sites in Ogo Oluwa, Oyo, Ogbomoso, Iseyin, Iganna, Ona- Ara and Akinyele Local Government Areas of the State.
According to him, the assessment tour was scheduled to assess the impact of the intervention as well as hand over all the completed projects to the benefiting communities for proper maintenance and sustainability of the projects in their domain.
However, he expressed delight over the compliance and strict adherence to the quality standard of the projects executed by the communities visited.
Also, the Acting General Manager of the OYCSDA, Engineer Abisola Adabanija described the achievements of the Agency on Community and Social Development Project as a landmark achievement for the State government.
He further stated that the agency has intervened in 155 communities with 788 micro-projects completed as well as 51 Group Development Project.
Abisola stated that the projects centred on water supply, education, rural electrification, health and economic empowerment.