The Gombe State Government has provided support for the implementation of 256 micro-projects across all 11 local government areas of the state.
The projects, supported through the Gombe State Agency for Community and Social Development, is worth about 600 million Naira.
The General Manager of the State Agency for Community and Social Development, Alhaji Abubakar Kumo, said the agency had reached communities and groups in the state to implement 256 micro-projects geared towards eradicating poverty in the state.
Alhaji Kumo said the agency was established in 2019 to intervene in empowering communities through the provision of support grants and building capacities for projects implementation and supervision.
Alhaji Kumo said the agency was expected to reach 480 thousand beneficiaries with 256 micro-projects in 64 communities, spread across the 11 local government Areas.
He said the projects, which were in eight sectors of education, health, water, socio-economic, rural roads, electricity, environment and Gender and Vulnerable groups, targeted poor communities, vulnerable groups and Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
Alhaji Kumo said the support from the state government was attracting resources and attention from different developmental partners, especially the World Bank.
He explained that communities contribute 10 per cent of the cost, while groups contribute five per cent, noting that the agency has disbursed 600 million Naira in the last one year under the present administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
Alhaji Kumo said in line with the maintenance culture of Gov. Yahaya-led administration, about 2, 560 community members across the state had been trained on maintenance and sustenance of the projects, as well as conflicts resolution.
“The revelations and testimonies we got from the communities are marvellous. We have achieved, where there were acute problems of health issues, we have achieved reduction in maternal mortality, access to health facilities. Most of the communities we have intervened were before having difficulties in accessing health services, especially during rainy seasons, because you see barriers, you see rivers you see a lot of things, you see inaccessible roads during the raining season.
There were a lot of communities where their children were not attending school before, but now they are attending school, In fact, the classrooms are even overcrowded, because they were looking for these schools,” he said.
Alhaji Kumo however, challenged the benefitting groups and communities to continue to maintain the projects for maximum benefits.
Source: Voice of Nigeria