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World Bank approves $20m post COVID-19 for Ekiti

Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has revealed that $20 million has been approved by the World Bank to prosecute projects that will cushion the effect of COVID- 19 pandemic on Ekiti citizens.
He said the fund, which will be released under a novel programme tagged ‘Nigeria CARES’, would be deployed to undertake projects in rural communities to reduce poverty and propel local economy.
The governor spoke, on Tuesday in Ado Ekiti during a programme organised by the State Social and Community Development Agency(EKSCDA) to review community projects executed in Ekiti since 2009.
Fayemi , represented by his Special Adviser on Development Partnership, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, lauded the partnering communities, for believing in his rural development policy by contributing over N200 million as counterpart funding to boost the Community and Social Development Programme(CSDP).
Fayemi described CSDP as a poverty reduction initiative of the World Bank established in 2009 to accelerate development at the community level, saying Ekiti was being ranked as one of the best in the implementation and sustainability of the policy.
Reeling out the benefits of CSDP, Fayemi said: “in the educational sector, there was 34.0 per cent and 78 per cent increase in schools’ enrollment at the primary school level both for male and female students respectively. At the secondary school level, male enrollment also increased by 135.8 per cent while females increased by 157.4 per cent.
The Chairman of the board of EKSCDA, Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae, commended Fayemi for initiating 644 projects under CSDP across all the towns to ensure that no community is neglected in the scheme of things.
In his lecture entitled: ‘Project Sustainability Strategies’, Prof. Niyi Okunlola, said about 90 projects that were executed in the area of education,had increased enrolment in schools , while the 160 and 175 executed in the health and business sectors, had helped access to healthcare service and the growth of local economy .

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