Dwellers of Ogbere and Anuoluwapo communities in Ona-ara local government of Ibadan the Oyo state capital on Friday excited with the completion of number of projects embarked upon by the World Bank in conjunction with the Oyo state government.
The accomplished projects included: bridges, installation of transformers, community hall, drainage among others.
The projects supervised by the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency was a counterpart founding by the state government and the World Bank to support rural dwellers across the state.
Speaking with reporters in Ogbere, the Chairman of Community Project Management Committee (CPMC), Alhaji Makanjuola Yisau Kolapo who spoke on behalf of the dwellers of the community said installation of 500KVA transformer linking over 200 households in the community has improved the socioeconomic activities in the area.
He noted that before the intervention of CSDP in the development of the community, dwellers were massively moving out of the community because of high level of insecurity and lack of basic amenities.
On the newly constructed community hall, Makanjuola said CSDA commited over N2million on the project which he said would be an income generation source for the community development.
According to him: “this hall can be used for students examination such as WAEC, NECO and UTME. Instead of our children going to far centres for their examination, they can make use of this facility. This is the third projects facilitated by CSDP in Ogbere community. The hall was in window level when CSDP came to our rescue and completed it for us. They gave us over N2million for the completion of the project. We intend to use it for internal and external purposes to generate found for the community. CSDP committed over N8million for the whole projects in Ogbere community and we are happy for the outcome. We collected cash based on the level of the job and they monitored the supervision effectively. Before construction of this hall, we held our community meetings in open space. Many times we held meeting under the sun and in the rain,” Makanjuola said.
Makanjuola commended the leadership of CSDA and the World Bank for their intervention in the development of the rural areas in the state.
Also, the Chairman of Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) in Anuoluwapo community, Mr. Sadiq Bamidele Dauda described the intervention of the CSDA and the Oyo state government as God doing.
He said before the access road was constructed by CSDA, many dwellers had absconded their properties and moved to town because there was no road linking the community with other communities.
On the installation of a 500kva transformer in the area, he said over 400 household are beneficiaries of the gesture.
He said:”no access road to this community before we got information that CSDA was undergoing developmental projects in rural areas. We got N9.6million to execute the projects. We paid 10percent of the total amount and we are enjoying it today. Before the construction of this road, our people, even our relatives find it difficult to visit us but today, they visit us often. We appreciate the support of CSDA in ensuring that they brought succour to us in this community.
“At a point, the motorcyclists refused to bring passengers to our community because of the terrible condition of the road. In the area of power, we now have power supply often because of the installation of new transformer by CSDA. Today, we have tenants rushing to our community for house rent because of the constant power supply. Economic activity has improved because many shops have spring up in our community.”
Commending CSDA, Bamidele said ” CSDA is fantastic. We say a very big kudos to them. Also, the chief executive governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for using the opportunity with the World Bank to support his people because we are aware that it is not all the state governments that are involve in the World Bank projects.”