Chairmen from some Local Government Areas of Kaduna State have promised to continue to implement policies and execute people-oriented projects that will change the narrative for the people of the state, especially those at the grassroots.
The Chairmen made the promise during a Panel discussion on the Influence of Community Development Charter (CDC) and tracking of Procurement processes organized by Local Government Accountability Mechanism LGAM supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform & Learn (PERL) in Zaria over the weekend.
Addressing participants the Chairman of Kudan Local Government Area, Shaiubu Bawa Jaja said despite lean resources, at their disposal because of the huge recurrent expenditure and the COVID-19, his administration has constructed some Capital projects recommended by the CDC Champions.
He Commended the CDC program for ensuring that projects constructed are what the people needs, saying their tracking helps to curb corruption, ensure quality and timely delivery of projects, and get value for taxpayers’ money
Similarly the Vice Vice Chairman Lere Local Government Areas Hom. Gambo Matthew Bulus said citizens’ participation in projects through the CDC had gained momentum in recent times.
He added that Lere LGA despite its dwindling. Resources are also implementing projects that have a direct impact on the citizens.
In his remarks, the representative of Chairman Jema’a LGA John Samson informed the gathering that his LGA has keyed into the CDC and will continue to partner with the LG Champion for a more people-oriented program.
Mallam Jibril Abdullahi who represented Chairman Kaduna North said they are only three months in office but promised they would consider the interests of the populace first and leave no one behind. by adhering to the CDC.
He added that his Principal would work toward putting smiles on the faces of Kaduna North Local Government Areas citizens.
Presenting the 2021 half years Scorecard in 23 Local Government Areas of the State, Mr. Yusfu Goje of Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment, and Development (CALPED) said the total number of capital projects in the LGAs is 1 464 while 204 were implemented.
He added that the number of CDC Projects for the period under review stood at 542 and 97 of the CDC projects implemented
“Total cost of the Capital projects are N15.17Billion and N9.7B was expanded on the projects.
“Total cost of CDC Projects is N6.5B and N629.8M was expanded on the projects in the period under review,” he said.
Goje said the figures were gotten from the LG’s Champions and have not been verified by any independent or third-party organization.
On his part , Abel Adejor, the State Team Lead of Partnership to Engage, Reform & Learn (PERL)) expressed gratitude to the local Chairman and their representatives who grace the scorecard presentation. He assured them that his organization is on the same page with the government for citizens’ satisfaction in the area of projects implementation