As part of measures to ensure even development across rural communities, Ogun State Government, in conjunction with Federal Project Support Unit (FPSU) and the World Bank, has organised a two-day training for staffers of Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) in Abeokuta.
Speaking at the occasion, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, said for the State to experience all round development, rural communities must be given due attention, to ensure that those living there enjoy improved social amenities and better standard of living.
‘’I implore the staffers to use the knowledge acquired in the course of the training to better the lot of the State, particularly those living in the rural communities,’’ he said.
In his goodwill message, the State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Service Matters, Mrs. Bosede Modupe, affirmed the readiness of the State to participate in the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), as it has met all the conditions spelt out by the World Bank.
‘’I reiterate the support of the Ogun State government and that of the Community Development Associations (CDAs) for this project,’’ Sobande said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperative, Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun, said the training was organised to familiarise officers with their duties and boost their knowledge base in order to ensure a successful execution of the Community and Social Development Project of the World Bank.
Applauding the World Bank’s partnership, Adenmosun said the State government has put mechanism in place for the smooth running of the programme, assuring that the staffers would be dedicated to the project.
The World Bank team leader, Prof. Folusho Ogunmadewa, said the project was highly needed to improve the status of the rural areas, through job creation as well as ensure reversal of rural-urban migration.