The Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency (PLCSDA) on Thursday organised a three-day training on Community Driven Development (CDD) for Chairmen and Local Government Review Committees in the State.
Speaking at the event in Jos, Mrs Felicity Gurumyen,the General Manager of the agency, described CDD as the fastest way of getting communities developed.
Gurumyen also described CDD as a popular aid delivery that laid emphasis on community control of the development process, resources and decision making authority directly to groups in communities.
She further explained that CDD project provided poor communities with direct funding for development and enabled the communities to decide on how such funds should be expended.
According to the general manager, the training aimed at building the capacity of critical stakeholders at the rural level on ways to initiate and take ownership of projects in their various communities.
“CDD process is the quickest way of getting our rural communities developed.
“It is a development initiative that provides control of development proces, resources and decision making authority directly to groups in communities.
“CDD project makes communities become best judges on how lives and livelihoods can be improved, and if provided with adequate resources and information, can organise themselves to provide their immediate needs
“So, this training is to equip critical stakeholders with the knowledge on how to build projects and take responsibility of monitoring it’s progress and maintenance,” she said.
Earlier, Dr Abdulkareem Obaje, National Coordinator of CSDA, who described the meeting as timely, also commended Plateau for taking the CDD project to the “next level”.
“Out of the 30 states participating in our project, Plateau has taken the challenge of taking CDD to the next level,” he said.
The National Coordinator said that CDD would bridge the infrastructure deficit being experienced in most rural communities across the federation.
He urged Plateau government to sustain the tempo and work assiduously to uplift the living standard of the rural populace
Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting had participants from 11 out of the 17 local government areas of the state (NAN).
Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf
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