Well researched Community Plan of Action will earn Kwara N30bn intervention funds— Gov Aide
Stakeholders at the one day workshop on capacity building for Community Development Officers in Kwara State agreed that, there is an urgent need for a detailed technical document on community development in the State.
Governor AbdulRazaq’s Senior Special Assistant on Community Intervention, Kayode Oyin-Zubair reiterated the Governor’s resolve to make significant impact in every community in the State.
Oyin-Zubair disclosed that the State stands to benefit from various interventions both at local and international fronts after researching and presenting to technical partners a Community Plan of Action (CPA) and Master Plan of Action (MPA) which are derivatives of a conscious Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) that worth more than N30bn in programmes and projects execution.
While welcoming participants to the workshop, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Arc. Saiffudeen Mohammad requested participants to explore opportunities provided by the training to improve themselves and be more proactive in the discharge of their duties.
Messrs Olubunmi Ibiloye and Lawal Olohungbebe who delivered papers on various insightful topics submitted that it was high time community development practice got its rightful place in the scheme of things in the State.
Olohungbebe posited that, community development officers are agents of change that would stimulate peaceful co-existence amongst inhabitants and communities in the State.
He harped on the need to prepare mechanisms for conflict resolution because the diversity in human depositions would always birth conflict but its timely resolution would keep engendering development in our communities.
Ibiloye, in his paper on overview of community development in Nigeria and towards a new trend in community development practice in Kwara State, called on the government to give its goodwill as a support to community development service in the State.
According to him, the State and Local Government would have a clear direction and plan for the development of communities if development officers are provided with useful tools to carry out their assignment.
He emphasized that, Kwara is set to become a cynosure and envy in the comity States, if recommendations at the workshop are implemented.
Community Development Officers in their separate responses complained of poor working conditions occasioned by long time neglect of that office.
Goodwill messages were delivered by Chairman Kwara Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), Engr. Shade Omoniyi and General Manager Kwara State Social and Community Development Agency (KWSCDA), Engr. Amamat Haruna.
Other government functionaries at the workshop included Permanent Secretary and Directors in the Ministry.
The workshop which was at the instance of the office of SSA on Community Intervention was sponsored by Union Bank Plc, Kursi Group, Crystal Hotel and KWIRS.