01 October 2020 by Florence Adewale
A Draft of the Community Driven Development Policy has been developed to enhance community and social development projects in the country.
Presenting the document to the Federal Government in Abuja, the National Coordinator, Community and Social Development Project, Doctor Abdulkareem Obaje said the document had been critically scrutinized by stakeholders across the thirty states involved in the project.
Doctor obaje stressed that the policy would serve as legal backing to ensure that stakeholders take responsibility for their projects.
In his words “it is on record that this is the first government in Nigeria that has given the country a special consideration of social development policy, the first to task stakeholders on such policy, we now have a national social policy so having a community driven development policy would just be to complement the existing network.
I want to assure you that all stakeholders in the house are willing to support communities in Nigeria to Alleviate poverty partially in terms of social development.”
Also speaking on the occasion, the task team leader, Community Social Development Program of World Bank in Nigeria, Professor Folusho Okunmadewa who appreciated the giant step, said his organization would continue to support government’s effort to fast track development in the country.
“All the key areas of all human capital development has shown fruitfulness in many countries where this has been used and of course the evidence is also very clear in Nigeria even in very difficult challenges as we have seen in Niger Delta region and the North eastern region”
Responding the special Adviser to the president on social investment, Doctor Nasir Mahmud pledged to fast track the presentation of the final draft for onward legislation and adoption.
Mr. Mahmud expressed optimism that if the document is adopted, it would improve the standard of living of rural dwellers.