The Osun State Government has so far paid N700 million as counterpart fund for the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), a UN initiative for rural development since 2011.
The General Manager of the CSDP, Mrs Funmi Aderonke-Abokede, stated this in an interview with The Renaissance in Osogbo on Friday.
She said that Gov. Rauf Aregbesola has always been prompt in paying the counterpart funds.
“The governor has paid N150 million this year alone, bringing to a total of N700 million that he had paid since the inception of his administration,” the GM said.
Obokede said the governor’s prompt payment of the counterpart fund has enabled the people of the state to benefit immensely from CSDP projects.
Consequently, the National Coordinator of the CSDP, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje tasked governments across Nigeria and at all levels to adopt Osun model by using the community-driven development model in the rural areas.
Obaje expressed the need for the people to take seriously, the ownership of projects in their communities to ensure their sustainability.
He called for the institutionalisation of the community-driven development model in the country, adding that the CSDP had completed over 11,000 micro projects in rural areas across the country.
Meanwhile, the Senior Technical Adviser to the Governor on Development Partners and International Relations, Dr Michael Olugbile said lauded Aregbesola’s transparency on all donor-funded projects in the state.
Olugbile assured that all the donor-funded projects in the state were on course and would be delivered as scheduled.
As the overall supervision and coordination of all World Bank and other donor-funded projects in the state, Olugbile stressed that all the current donor-funded projects would be completed with specifications.
“We are overseeing all the existing donor-funded projects in the state to ensure they are properly executed according to specifications and delivered on schedule for the use of the people.
“We are also exploring opportunities to further partner with donor agencies and other development partners to secure funding and technical assistance for projects across all sectors in the state”.
Olugbile said openness and transparency of Aregbesola’s administration and proper channelling of funds to achieve the goal had attracted series of fundings from donors.