CR Communities Express Joy At Agency’s Work

Residents of communities served by the Cross River State Community Social Development Project, CSDP, have expressed happiness and satisfaction at the Project’s interventions across the state. Particularly, the communities singled out the Agency’s General Manager, Victor Ovat, for his forthrightness in steering the World Bank assisted interventions of the Agency. The expressions of joy and happiness were communicated to, during an impact assessment of projects carried out by the Agency in several communities across the state.

In Okwabang community, Boki LGA where the Agency built and equipped a science laboratory, an SS 1 student, Arabel Obi, thanked the Agency “for giving the school a good lab” adding that it would help them excel in the sciences.

Similarly, the Olum community in Boki LGA, where the Agency built and equipped a health centre with a solar powered mini-water scheme attached, Dibang Kelly, a community member, told that the provision of the health centre will “significantly reduce child mortality because of the proximity of the facility”. Appreciative and beaming with smiles, he informed that even a neighbouring community, Buanchor, awed by the project, has approached his community for help to attract a similar project to Buanchor.

At the Bassang Secondary Commercial School, Bayalele in Obanliku LGA, Chief Francis Olusu, the Vice Principal of the school, told that “without the Agency’s interventions, most communities will not have the facilities they are enjoying”. Olusu was especially grateful that the standard four classroom block the Agency is constructing in his school will go a long way in helping them address “the critical issue of accomodation” facing the school.

The story is no different in Bateriko, Boki LGA, where it provided a 16 metre span bridge across the major stream in the village and in Bendigie, Obanliku LGA, where it constructed a 450 metre drainage channel to tackle the problem of erosion in the village.

Established to compliment the community and social development efforts of the state with interventions in eight sectors; Education, Environment, Health, Rural Electrification, Transport, Water and Socio-economic, and with funds from the World Bank and the CRSG, the Agency has so far approved 531 micro projects across different sectors. 400 of those projects across the LGAs, have been completed, 117 are on-going and a few are yet to commence.

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