AN ADDRESS BY DR. KAYODE FAYEMI, GOVERNOR OFEKITI STATE AT THE LAUNCH OF 26-COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF EKITI STATE COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY, EKCSDA ON FRIDAY, 14TH SEPTEMBER, 2012.PROTOCOLSI am highly delighted to be here this morning to officially launch the 26Community Development Plan. Through this Plan, 26 communities would beexecuting a minimum of three (3) micro community development projects.The Plan is being put together by the Ekiti State Community and SocialDevelopment Agency, EKCSDA. I am happy to note that what we are doinghere today is a proactive measure aimed at improving the well being of ourpeople most especially, people at the rural level. It is part of the fulfillmentof our promise to reduce poverty in the State as encapsulated in our eightpoint agenda.The choice of Ekiti State as one of the states implementing the Communityand Social Development Project (CSDP) - a Community Driven-Development(CDD) concept in design, implementation and evaluation is consistent withthe grand mission of this administration to put poverty to flight in the State.This is an initiative of the World Bank and the Federal Government in activeconjunction with the Ekiti State Government. The benefitting communitieswould today receive a total sum of N238 million for these well conceived,community driven projects. These I believe would further enhance ourcommunity development drives as encapsulated in our 8 Point Agenda. In
all about 78 projects with direct impact on the people would be financedthrough this initiativeThe Ekiti State Community and Social Development Agency, EKCSDA is aproduct of the development focused partnership. One of the cardinalobjectives of the agency as outlined in the CSDP Project ImplementationManual (PIM) is to sustainably increase access of poor people to social andnatural resources infrastructure services. Others include increasing thecapacity of LGAs to implement and monitor CDD policies and interventionsfor sustainable development, to encourage increased percentage of LocalGovernment budgets that incorporates Community Development Plans(CDP), and to empower communities to plan, part-finance, implement,monitor and maintain sustainable and socially inclusive multi-sectoral micro-projects.It is therefore our duty as a responsible and responsive government toensure that everything is done to make EKCSDA perform its responsibilitycreditably and in line with the objectives of the CSDP approach. Let me sayhere that the provision of basic social-economic infrastructure that wouldensure minimum comfort and good living standards for our people is acollective responsibility of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies. It is onthis note that I want to commend the laudable activities of EKCSDA overthe last three years in its unique efforts at complementing thetransformation process of this government across all levels of developmentin the state.
Let me remind you at this juncture that during my Town Hall/Village Squaremeetings to avail the government of firsthand information on the needs ofthe communities in order to fashion out participatory budgets for the state,we indeed urge communities to access funds at EKCSDA for their socio-economic development and wellbeing. As I have been briefed, this is part ofthe activities to deliver 300 Micro Projects by the end of this year.As a key component in our collective drive to transform Ekiti Statestrategically, EKCSDA reasonably holds it a responsibility to play criticalroles for the common benefit of our people. It is indeed a considered toolof development for the transformation and empowerment of our peopleparticularly at the grassroots.I like to draw your attention to the massive construction of roads acrossmajor towns and communities in the state as well as provision of otherlandmark infrastructural facilities which we consider as parts of ouradministration’s efforts to create jobs for our youths, fast trackdevelopment and encourage investors to the state. With a common goal infocus, the state government would neither spare any effort nor relent in itsdetermination to continue the worthy partnership with relevant agenciesand bodies to realize the goal of the administration.Let me congratulate all the 26 benefiting communities here today who havebeen found worthy and are able to fulfill all the conditions set by EKCSDAto access this fund. It is my strong belief that the money will be put into
proper use to accomplish its purpose for the common man. However, may Iremind you that this is not free money to be spent carelessly, but should bechanneled towards the building of our communities. I hereby charge all therespective Traditional Rulers, Community Leaders, the CPMC officials andthe supervising Local Government officials to make sure that they performtheir respective roles to make sure that these projects are thoroughlyimplemented according to specifications.It is important for me to stress that participatory budgeting should beproperly midwived to the budget planning at the Local Government levelsand Local Government Review Committees. Any LGA that does not do thiswill deprive its communities from benefitting from these interventions. Alllocal government chairmen are, as a matter of compulsion make qualitysupport to the CSDP a prime importance. A deviation from this would notbe tolerated from any quarter.I also want to use this opportunity to remind all the necessary MDAs toensure that these projects especially the Health Centres, when completedare adequately staffed and equipped to achieve the expected outcome.I acknowledge the roles of the Federal Ministry of Finance, The FederalProject Support Unit and indeed the World Bank for making this project areality. As we have consistently repeated, this administration will continueto collaborate with various development based organizations so as to createa synergy through which poverty can be driven out of our state.Thank you and God bless.