The Abia State government is launching a community development program as part of its current administration’s efforts to rebuild the region. The initiative, named “Community Choose Your Project,” was announced by the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, following the recent Executive Council meeting chaired by Governor Alex Otti. The project will be executed through the Community Social Development Agency (CSDA).
During a press briefing, the Commissioner and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Policies and Interventions, Rev. Father Christian Anokwuru, outlined the key features of this community development program. They emphasized that the projects to be undertaken will be selected by the communities themselves, not by the government. Each project is expected to cost no more than 15 Million Naira, and the communities will be required to contribute 5 percent of the project’s total cost.
Rev. Father Christian Anokwuru further explained that interested communities wishing to participate in the Abia-CSDA project should submit their project proposals on community letterhead. These projects will be co-owned by both the government and the benefiting community. Every community interested in participating in the program must also have a designated bank account through which project funds will be managed.
In a separate development, Commissioner Prince Okey Kanu mentioned that Governor Alex Otti has already commissioned six roads in Aba, with more road commissions expected in the near future. He highlighted ongoing construction work on the Aba-Port Harcourt section of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway and noted that one end of the road is slated for completion by the end of the month. Additionally, Julius Berger has initiated construction work on the Port Harcourt road in Aba.
Azubuike Jinanwa and Divine Nwankwo, reporting from Government House Press in Umuahia, Abia State.