By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja:
As part of efforts to stem the rura /urban drift, Kogi State Government, has pledged to ensure provision of socio economic amenities to the rural communities.
The State Government has already kick started the rural transformation program by providing about
N33 million for the electrification of three communities.
The projects would be executed under the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), wholly funded by the Kogi State Government.
Speaking during the presentation of cheques to the communities, Governor Yahaya Bello, said his administration would continue to fund the agency to enable it to provide critical infrastructures in the communities across the state.
The governor who was represented by the Auditor General of the state, Yakubu Okala, urged the communities to ensure the safety of the infrastructures to attract more government patronage.
Speaking also, the General Manager of Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), Chief Dauda Momoh, said the projects would bring rapid development to the communities.
He announced that the set of community projects is the second to be funded by the state government after the closure of World Bank funding for CSDP last year.
The Governor explained that the first set of ten community development projects have been completed and are fully in use across the state.
The benefiting communities are Odu-Ajaruwaeke, Odu-Ikaka and Harmony from Dekina and Ajaokuta Local Councils.
Among projects slated for execution at the rural areas include roads and electrify to give the people who are at the grassroots the same comfort with the urban settlers.
According to the Governor, the people living at the suburbs are the saving grace, especially in agriculture and it is necessary to encourage them by transferring urban necessities to them.