Katsina gov’t partners Oando to Assist Communities with Development Projects
The Katsina State Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) and Oando Foundation Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assist underprivileged communities in the state.
Speaking during the signing of the MoU and flag-off of the partnership at Randawa community in Mani Local Government, the Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari said the MoU was necessary as it would go a long way in complementing the state government’s efforts towards assisting communities especially on the provision of basic education facilities.
Masari, represented by the state Head of Service, Idris Usman Tune, said the initiative of Oando and CSDP was in line with the federal and state governments’ cardinal objectives of bringing positive change to underprivileged communities.
CSDP is a World Bank assisted project, which became effective in 2009 with credit portfolio of $200 million IDA resources to support the implementation of CDD-based community development projects in Nigeria.
The project is aimed at assuaging the challenges of vulnerable people, rural dwellers and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to improve social and natural resource infrastructure services in Nigeria.
He also call on the Randawa community, traditional rulers and Mani Local Government authority to maintain and safeguard all the projects executed in the area against vandalism.
Earlier, the Programme Manager, Oando Foundation, Tonia Uduimoh, said beyond its primary mandate to support the Nigerian government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 through its Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI), the foundation is committed to building strategic partnership that would tackle critical barriers to basic education attainment in its adopted school communities.
According to her, the Foundation has adopted 88 schools across 23 states of the federation, adding that the goal was to significantly improve the learning outcomes of over 200,000 pupils through the Adopt-A-School-Initiative (AASI).