By G9ija

Kwara State Community and Social Development Agency (KWCDA) is to access over N1billion from the World Bank to implement micro-projects in interested communities in the 16 local government areas of the state.

This development followed an approval by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of N60 million counterpart funds to key into the World Bank-funded Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP).

The projects are meant to help attract development to rural areas, as the payment is a requirement for any state to be considered for the initiative.

Each community could benefit up to N10 million project in the areas of health, education, water supply, environment, infrastructure, and gender/vulnerable group project empowerment, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, AbdulAzeez Tayo Oyelowo, said in a statement.

“In addition, vulnerable and physically challenged are to benefit from micro-projects to be implemented through access to funds. This will help through skills acquisitions and support with tools for operation,” the statement added.

The CSDP is different from the multi-billion naira Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) for which the Governor had paid the first tranche of N200million counterpart fund earlier in his administration. Under RAAMP, several rural roads would be constructed to facilitate access to agricultural produce.