Some communities in Benue State have applauded the Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) in the state for indicating readiness to implement a $20 million post-COVID-19 grant on various intervention programmes in their localities.
Speaking on the sidelines during the pre-implementation training for the stakeholders of the project at the weekend in Makurdi, the Chairman of vulnerable groups in Ushongo LGA, Atsu Timothy, said two communities would get motorised boreholes and drugs at their health facilities.
Also, Unongo Mathew, whose community in Gwer East LGA would be benefitting a health facility, posited that his village was located in the extreme interior of the LGA and that they lacked access to medical emergencies.
Earlier, the General Manager of the Benue State CSDA, Engr James Aboho, informed that the agency was set to implement the $20m grant received in at least 16,000 rural communities of the state, noting that each benefiting community would get N12m.
The board Chairman of CSDA, Chief Peter Sani Ochijele, noted that the exercise was meant to train stakeholders invited from the local government areas so that they could know more about the project.
The CSDA Manager of Basic Services, Engr Thomas Agbo, intimated that the project was meant for the provision of services for vulnerable groups and communities in the rural areas of the state with a community-driven approach for livelihood support, food security and services within two years.