Gombe State Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya has approved the sum of six hundred and ninety-three million naira (N693,000,000.00) to the Gombe State Agency for Community And Social Development (CSDA) for the third batch of intervention under the GO-CARES Programme.
A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the Agency, Comfort Mukollo, and made available to our reporter in Gombe said the General Manager of the CSDA, Malam Haruna Ahmed Imam disclosed this at the end of the training for community groups and project management committees and sub-committee heads on micro-projects implementation across seventy-seven additional communities.
The General manager revealed that the State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya has released funds to the Agency following the successful implementation of projects executed by the CSDA under the GO-CARES Programme.
He commended Governor Inuwa Yahaya for supporting the CSDA projects saying that Gombe State is performing greatly among other benefitting states.
He explained that the training is to enlighten the benefitting communities on the concepts of project cycles, roles and responsibilities, sustainability and maintenance, community procurement, financial management, and bookkeeping.
Imam enjoined the participants drawn from across the eleven Local Government Areas of the State and congratulated them for the inclusion of their various communities to benefit from the intervention which cut across health, education, nutrition, and water
Additionally, the committees work to maintain standards and ensure that they monitor the execution of the project to completion and also ensure sustainability.
In their separate remarks, the CSDA Manager of Basic Services, Mr Labilwa Ismaila, and Finance and Administration Manager, Alh Ibrahim Abubakar Gwani, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Mallam Sani Adamu spoke to the participants as regards to expectations from their various Departments.
Responding, some of the participants including the former Clerk to the Gombe state House of Assembly, Shehu Mohammed Atiku, who is also the District Head of Gadawo , Alh.Sale Danburam, the Secretary General of Jamaatil Nasril Islam Village head of Daban Fulani, and Mrs Josephine Malang from Yamgana Women Group in Shongom Local Government area appreciated the State Governor and the CSDA for the intervention, saying that the projects touch directly on the masses especially those at the grassroots.
They particularly appreciated Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for using the programme to reach communities that lacked basic amenities, promising to ensure that the projects would be completed within the specified time and according to specifications.
Prior to the training,
CSDA has conducted Needs Assessment, Participatory Rural Appraisal, and Field Appraisal in the communities, while Community Project Launch will follow suit
It would be recalled that the CSDA has just completed similar projects in about 35 communities spread across the State in the first and second phases of the GO-CARES Programme.