By Uche Amunike
Anambra State Community and Social Development Agency (ANCSDA) is an Agency set up to promote and implement development activities at the grassroot level. The Agency is currently implementing World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Project- Additional Financing (CSDP-AF) in the state which aims at poverty reduction in rural communities using Community Driven Development (CDD) approach.
ANCSDA successfully organized a one-day sensitization meeting of Traditional Rulers, President Generals, Woman leaders and Youth leaders of all the communities in Ogbaru LG council of the state. The Seventeen (17) communities in Ogbaru LGA are Akili-Ogidi, Akili-Ozizor, Amiyi, Atani, Mputu, Obeagwe, Ochuche, Odekpe, Ogbakuba, Ogwu-Aniocha, Ogwuikpele, Ohita, Okpoko, Ossomala, Umunankwo, Umuodu, and Umuzu.
In his opening remarks and presentations at the Sensitization meeting, the General Manager, ANCSDA, Mr Chudi Mojekwu welcomed all the participants and had presentations on the Overview of CSDP-AF, the roles and responsibilities of the CDAs, LG Chairmen, LG Review Committee (LGRC), Local Govt. Desk Officers (LGDOs), Traditional Rulers, PGs, Woman and Youth Leaders etc, as well as the benefits of CSDP to the focal poor communities in Ogbaru LGA.
Also, the Operation Manager, ANCSDA, Mrs Uche Nwaizugbo enlightened the participants on the Community Development Plan (CDP), Group Development Plan (GDP) and Community Response Plan (CRP) cycles which according to her represents designed plans for CSDP implementation in the poor communities. The CDP is a designed plan for micro projects (MPs) implementation in Communities, GDP is for micro projects implementation for Vulnerable Groups in the community while CRP is for micro projects implementation for those 2018 flood affected communities which has to be executed in conjunction with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The Project Officer, Gender and Vulnerable, ANCSDA, Ms Chinyere Onalu also addressed the participants on various requirements needed and steps to be taken in the formation of vulnerable groups in their various communities and their derivable benefits from CSDP-AF.
The Communication Officer ANCSDA, Mr. Nnamdi Onuzulike informed that CSDP is a pro-poor intervention in such sectors as Health, Education, Water Resources, Rural Electrification, Transport, Socio Economic, Environment/Natural Resources, Gender and Vulnerable.