World Bank projects: Enugu Commissioner warns community leaders against fruad

World Bank projects: Enugu Commissioner warns community leaders against fraud

By Larry Onwuta

NEWLY appointed Enugu State Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince
Emeka Mamah, has warned community leaders against the misuse of funds
allocated to Word Bank assisted projects in their areas, reiterating
state government’s total commitment to improving the lives of rural
dwellers in the state.

Prince Mamah gave this warning yesterday while declaring open a 2-day
training workshop for members of the Community Project Management
Committee (CPMC) organized by the management of the state Agency of
Community for Social Development Project (CSDP) held at Ville
Toscana, Enugu.

The Commissioner stated that the workshop was apt as rural development
was one of the 4-point agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, urging the
benefitting communities to take the advantage of the World Bank
assisted projects to uplift their areas.
He charged the participants to take the training seriously, warning
that the state government and the World Bank have zero tolerance to
fraud and mismanagement.

“This is my first official assignment as Commissioner for Rural
Development. I am happy being here. I urge you all to take this training with all seriousness. Our able governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi, has 4-point agenda and rural development which is one of his
focal points is paramount in his consolidation process. Be responsive
and accountable”, he added.

Earlier, the General Manager of CSDP in the state, Dr Maximus Asogwa,
said the training was to educate the participants on the
mission/vision of the CSDP so as to equip them on the roles expected
from them during the execution of projects at their various
communities.

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Dr Asogwa explained to them that CSDP projects are community-driven,
pointing out that the state government keyed into the world Bank
projects to improve the lives of the people.
The Operations Manager of the state CSDP, Damian Udegbunam, in his
introductory remark, gave the over-view of Agency, stressing that
there was need for active participation in execution, supervision of
the CSDP projects in the affected communities.
Another Speaker from the CSDP stable was Mr. Ishiwu Ifeanyi (
Procurement Officer) arned against against fraud during the execution
of the projects.
He advised on the need for accountability and transparency and
advertising the quotation of the project in major streets and market
square of the benefitting community for quality work to be executed by
competent contractors.
Egr. Ngozi Ogbu, Manager, Gender and Vulnerable unit of the CSDP in
the state, lectured the participants on the need for equality for male
and females including the vulnerable while assigning social role.

According to her, “Abandoned children, children from broken homes,
people living with HIV (PLWHA), handicapped, elderly, etc, should be
fairly treated irrespective of gender”

She noted, “Gender gaps differences is created in respect of
opportunities and access to resources due to unequal treatment. The summary is that both men and women should be included in CSDP
projects”

“At the end, participants should be able to facilitate the resolution
in conflict between various stakeholders in regards to the projects

Also, the Finance and Administration Manager, Anthony Onu, spoke on
management and effective utilization of funds as well as sound
financial management which he said was critical to project
implementation, hence the achievement of the desired goals in various
Gender and Vulnerable Groups in the state.

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“Budget for the project should be followed strictly with internal
control and accounting of funds flows. Responsibility should be shared
for checks and accountability”, he added.

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