By: Reuben Egbah
The Plateau State Community and Social Development Agency (PLCSDA), has reiterated the agency’s commitment to assist Plateau state communities with the World Bank assisted grant for the poorest of the poor communities in the state.
The Managing Director (MD), PLCSDA, Mrs. Felicity Gurumyen stated this yesterday 11th September, 2018, at an interactive session with a cross-section of the media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), held at the conference hall of PLCSDA in Jos, the Plateau state Capital.
Mrs. Felicity Gurumyen, emphasized that for these communities to have access to the grant they must identify their social problems and needs themselves.
“This strategy ensures the participation of every member of the community, men, women, youth and the vulnerable. Through groups the projects needed are voted for by the members of the community.
“The overall objective of CSDP is to sustainably increase access of rural fund to improve social and natural resources infrastructure through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategies for poverty reduction.” She stated.
Stating why the Agency had to adopt a new approach, Mrs. Felicity Gurumyen said, “The conventional method which is top-bottom approach did not yield the desired result because the decision making was centralized at the top and imposed on the beneficiaries, it is this low impact that prompted the stake holders to begin to seek for alternative measures in service delivery that is man driven from bottom to top involving the beneficiaries in finding solution to their problems.
“The agency which has been in existence since 2009 has its challenges which lead to the introduction of a new plan. The plan, Group Development Plan (GDP) is to enhance the services of the agency.
“The GDP is aimed at reaching the vulnerable in the community ranging from lepers in colony, people with HIV/AIDS, unemployed vulnerable youths, people living with disability, orphans and vulnerable children as well as IDPs returning home.”
The MD charged Media Practitioners and CSO members to help the agency to tell the people of Plateau state to key into this Micro Projects (MP) for their well being.
She said some of the challenges faced by the agency are lack of compliance by some communities, non implementation of approved project, and conflict amongst the Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) members in charge of the project.
Meanwhile she also said only 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) out of the 17 LGAs in Plateau state were identified to have the poorest of the poor communities, they include Riyom, Bassa, Barkin ladi, Jos East, Kanke,Wase, Mikang, Shendam, Pankshin, Langtang North and Bokkos LGAs.