Several communities in Enugu State are to benefit from a grant of not less than N1.5billion from the World Bank for execution of vital community development projects to be done through the Agency for Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) in the next three years.
For the new round of projects already in the offing, the state government is to release N100 million as counterpart fund for this year.
Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ogbuagu Anikwe, made the disclosure when he briefed newsmen at the end of the Executive Council meeting in Enugu.
The council also approved the poverty maps according to the World Bank specifications for the projects to be executed in the benefitting communities.
The commissioner listed the council areas approved to include Isi-Uzo, Nkanu East in Enugu East Senatorial zone, Igbo-Eze North and Uzo-Uwani in Enugu North Senatorial zone, Awgu and Aninri Local Government Areas were chosen from the West senatorial district while “Nkanu West Local Government was included through a ballot by members of the executive council.
According to him, other local government areas which have not benefitted from the scheme would take their turns as the phases come on board in the remaining three years of the four-year programme of the World Bank.
The general manager of Enugu CSDP, Dr. Maximus Asogwa, had during the executive council meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, briefed members on the progress of the partnership between the state government and the World Bank.
He informed them about the poverty map approved by the global financial institution to identify the real poor communities requiring its intervention .
At the moment, in the on-going projects, the state CSDP is executing projects at Ovoko Agu and Ihakpu Awka in Igbo-Eze South local government, Ibenda and Ohom Orba in Udenu council area and Umuonu in Igbo-Eze North local council area. End.