Mr Akan Okon, Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Seaport, said that Akwa Ibom Community and Social Development Projects (CSDP) has intervened in 134 Communities to enhance infrastructures development.
Okon said this when the World Bank Task Team visited Akwa Ibom to access infrastructures development of CSDP.
The commissioner, who was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Effiong Ekpenyong, said the agency also intervened in eight vulnerable groups spread across the state to improve on the welfare of the people.
“My Ministry has closely supervised the State Agency which has resulted in her facilitation of the benefiting communities’ provision of people-oriented social infrastructures in education, health and environment.
“The facilities provided have delivered services to rural people and impacted positively on their lives.
“The Ministry carries out periodic monitoring of all CSDP activities in the State and is satisfied with the level of project implementation in the State,” Okon said.
He said that government would continue to support CSDP and ensure prompt payment of counterpart funds.
He commended the World Bank Team for the commitment to finance communities development and add value to the rural people.
Earlier, the General Manager, CSDP, Mr Ishmeal Akpan, said that the agency has recorded impressive achievement in all the sectors of the projects within benefiting communities.
Akpan said that 56 motorized borehole projects have been fully completed and put to use.
“Average distance to water source before was 1.5km and after intervention is 0.5km representing 73.33 per cent reduction.
“Average time spent to fetch water also reduced to seven minutes from 30 minutes before intervention,” he said.
He said that the agency has actually touched the lives of the people, particularly the poor and vulnerable and impacted positively on the general wellbeing of all at the grassroots.
In his remarks, the World Bank Task Team Leader, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, commended the state for prompt payment of counterpart funds.
He lauded the achievements of the agency in rural infrastructures development of the communities.
“We are much more excited about the outcome because this intervention, World Bank to support the state has increase the assess of poor and vulnerable group out there that will improved their welfare,” he said.