By Israel Afolabi
In an attempt to assist the Government on Educational sector, the Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) is set to increase its effort in Educational sector through rehabilitation of school buildings in rural communities in the State of Osun.
The General Manager, Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project (CSDP), Mrs. Funmi Abokede gave this hint on Thursday during a day sensitisation workshop for the Education Secretaries and Heads of Planning Department in 15 local Government Areas that are currently addressed under poverty survey report of the state of Osun held at Osun CSDP conference Hall, Old Governor’s office, Osogbo.
Mrs. Abokede who was represented by the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of the Agency, Mr. Bashir Adeyemo lauded the state government for prompt approval and release of the yearly government counterpart contribution for the education sector.
She added that the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has directed the Agency to increase its intervention in school buildings in rural communities that need rehabilitation.
According to her, “the CSDP is designed to support the development, appraisal, coordination, implementation, supervision and evaluation of group and community based plans and the provision of financial grants there of”.
“The overall goal of the community and social development project is to improve access to services for human development in the rural Areas” she added.
In his goodwill message, the operations Manager, Osun CSDP, Mr. Felix Akinwande appreciated the Education Secretaries and Planning Officers for the importance attached to the workshop and for the cooperation they all displayed.
He said that Osun adopted CSDP because of the benefits involved and urged community to rise for the challenges of education interventions.
According to him, “Osun CSDP needs to come in because government cannot provide everything for its people”.
The Project Officers of Osun CSDP, Mrs. Aduke Obelawo added that the meeting was a fall out of directive from the Governor of Osun on education intervention in the state and she urged the participants to make good use of the meeting for education development.
However, the Chairman Forum of Education Secretaries, Pastor Moses Olu Adewale from Ila-Orangun who spoke on behalf of the participants appreciated Governor Aregbesola for all his efforts to develop the State particularly the education sector.
According to him, stakeholders in the education sector pledged to work with the government to ensure the development of education in the state and made it known that after the intervention of Osun CSDP, education would be made more attractive to school children in their various domains.
Amongst the participant local governments were Ejigbo, Ila, Olorunda, Ife-North, Boluwaduro, Atakumosa East, Odo-Otin, Atakumosa West.