By Fatima Muraina
Ondo State Government has promise to ensure the sustainability of the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project.
The State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan gave the assurance while on an inspection tour to project sites of some beneficiary communities in Okitipupa, Odigbo and Idanre Local Government Areas during the week.
Igbasan who led the steering committee on the visit, said the project which is in conjunction with the Federal Government and the World Bank was aimed at stimulating the economy and safeguarding lives and livelihood of the people.
He said the project has been mainstreamed into the budget because it involved the developmental trajectory of the Akeredolu-led administration called ‘REDEEMED’.
He charged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of what they have benefited which will be shown to the World Bank for the state to get reimbursed of what it had spent so that government can expand the project to accommodate more people.
” The projects belong to them and it is a grant and dividend of democracy from the Governor to them and should be taken as their personal property as regards the maintenance and proper usage of whatever comes their way,” he advised.
According to Igbasan, the state was scheduled to benefit to the tune of $20 million out of which has got a takeoff grant of about N1.1 billion from the World Bank which was distributed to six delivery platforms for projects’ execution.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public and intergovernmental Affairs, Mrs Bunmi Ademosu who was on entourage with the commissioner, expressed the need for allocation of more fund, calling on the local government chairmen, those in diaspora and philanthropists to rise up to the challenge and join hands for a better Ondo state.
Beneficiaries from the different locations expressed satisfaction as they danced and jubilated seeing that the project is being implemented in their communities.
Speaking with The Hope at their various communities, they expressed their satisfaction on delivery and fulfilment of the state governor’s promises.
They appreciated the governor for keying into the project of the Federal Government and the World bank including the steering committee for implementing the projects.
Project sites visited included; the cassava farms at Igodan community, pig farms at Abusoro, the youths and the aged at Igo Aduwo at Ilutitun in Okitipupa Local Government who get monthly stipend of N10,000 each Okitipupa Local government area.
Also visited was Lapahun community in Odigbo local government area where a block of six classrooms of Community High School, Asewele Korede was being renovated.
Two motorised boreholes and additional toilet facilities.
A Basic Health Center newly built at Owena Olokuta, along Aponmu in Idanre local government area was also visited.