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World Bank/CSDAs Decry Failure to Remit Counterpart Funds

August 18, 2014

Terna Doki

The confluence of Community and Social Development Agencies (CSDAs) in Nigeria has decried the failure of most state governments to remit the mandatory counterpart funding for communities to access the World Bank co-sponsored $380 million worth of community projects across the country.

The disclosure was made during a meeting of all CSDAs with the World Bank hosted by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) CSDA in Abuja, as it played host to a Mission Team from the World Bank, represented by Dr. Stanley Garuba and Mr. Collins Umunna, on inspection and verification visits of community projects executed under the scheme in Kwali and Kuje area councils of the FCT.

A statement yesterday in Abuja signed by Mrs. Devaan Hanmation-Mom, FCT-CSDA project officer, information, education and communication/training, said the two-day meeting assessed the performance of the various CSDAs, identified challenges, achievements, and agreed on the next steps of action.

It said the CSDAs meeting led by the CSDP task team leader at the World Bank, Prof. Foluso Ouknamdewa, involved presentation of field visit reports; federal component assessment report; half year implementation report; federal team report; and reports by the state agencies among others, which had in attendance members of the Federal Project Support Unit, (FPSU), and the Federal Ministry of Finance.

It stated that the inability of CSDAs to access counterpart funding from state governments "has led to a slowing down of project implementation by the affected agencies," adding that the high turnover of staff in some states, especially those facing security challenges, were among issues deliberated upon.

"The meeting ended with a resolution by the group that the World Bank would intervene on behalf of state agencies that are having difficulty accessing the counterpart funding from their state governments by liaising directly with the governors of the states in question in writing and through physical visits," the statement added.

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Source: AllAfrica

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