Community Driven Development - Social (CDDS)
The Community Driven Development (CDD) sub-component is further divided into two; CDD Economic which is being implemented by FADAMA III and CDD Social which is being implemented by a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) anchored by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs (MCCA).
The Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of state Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Rivers State Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs has been seriously engaged in various activities to ensure delivery of Community Development Plans (CDPs) with a particular mandate, target and timeline.
State Employment and Expenditure for results (SEEFOR) Rivers Community driven development –social is a project that was initiated to provide effective support for community development initiative for the benefit of poor rural dwellers in the state. The overall goal of this sub-component is to enhance access to improved socio-economic services through provision of grants for community driven development projects initiatives. Specifically, the CDD-Social aims to;
- Empower communities to plan, part-finance, implement, Monitor and maintain sustainable and socially inclusive multi-sectored micro-projects.
- Facilitate and increase Community –LGA partnership on human development projects
- Increase the capacity of the state MDAs, LGRCs, and CPMCs to implement and monitor CDD-Social policies and interventions.
- Leverage on government resources for greater coverage on CDD Social intervention communities.
SEEFOR CDDS PIU is primarily charged with the assignment of enhancing access to socio-economic services through micro-projects funding for the benefit of remote and under-developed communities in Rivers State with the view to raising their human development indices.
Our overall target is to deliver forty eight (48) Community Development Plans (CDPs) within a given period of five (5) years. Presently, 47 CDPs has been completely implemented while nine (1) is ongoing.
The overall target of CDD Social is to ensure implementation of forty eight Community Development Plans (CDPs) within a period of five years. The PIU in collaboration with other stakeholders was able to execute thirty-nine (47) community development plans (CDPs) containing eighty (96) micro-projects sited in various LGAs. These micro-projects were designed to address various needs of beneficiary communities in socio-economic, education, health, Electrification, water, environment and transportation sectors. These projects have been commissioned and put to use according to their felt-needs. Communities decided to engage in construction of sub-projects respecting the end benefit that would accrue to them as a group of people hence, the following projects were undertaken;
- Civic Centre: Civic centres so constructed have provided for the needed social interaction and identification thereby facilitating community activities. These town halls are used to organize and sponsor community events and promote social inclusiveness. It is also hired for social gathering to generate funds to improve the community economic base. So far there are sixteen (16) Civic Centres completed
- Skills Acquisition & ICT Centre: In our society today most public examinations are computer based. Skills acquired would prepare youths towards better education and self-reliance. Subsequently it is expected to reduce the rate of restiveness, unemployment and idleness in the community. Meanwhile, twelve (12) ICT & skills centre provided.
- Open-Market Stalls: Problems associated with commerce or marketing such as long distance and time spent has been reduced. The presence of market stalls has paved way for healthy competition and economic growth of individual traders and by extension the communities. Money realized from these facilities is used for maintenance and sustainability. A total of six (6) communities embarked on open-market stalls.
- Corpers Lodge and Classroom: Provision of conducive learning environment and befitting accommodation for school children and serving youth corpers (teachers) respectively has helped to improve attendance to school which is further expected to improve performance.
- Health Centre: Bringing health facilities to rural communities has increased access to health services, encouraged early management of health conditions and reduced the quest for specialist care since practitioners are also focused on preventive medical care. For now, four (4) centres have been completed.
- Toilet, footbridges, Drainages & water catchment system: These facilities constructed has reduced the effect of water accumulation which before intervention had caused flooding and stagnant water breeding mosquito resulting to sickness such as malaria, fever and so on. Open-defecation has also reduced. As at date, 5 Drainages, 3 Toilets, 4 points Footbridges, 1 Culvert, 2 points of Water-Catchment system has been completed.
- Rural Electrification: Provision of electricity has increased establishment of small-scale enterprises within beneficiary communities. This project having encouraged rural dwellers to be self-reliant is expected to reduce crime rate and provide job opportunities subsequently. Electrification through this project is present in ten (10) communities.
- Water: The presence of clean drinkable water as against streams and open wells has improved living health condition of rural dwellers in communities by reducing the prevalence of water borne diseases- cholera, diarrhea and dysentery amongst others. It also reduced the distance and time taken to get water. Thirteen (16) different communities that embarked on water project have completed.
- Speed Boats and Concrete Walkways: Provision of speed-boat has provided job opportunities also ease and faster means of transportation for community members. Waiting time due to lack of fiery boats is now reduced. The walkways constructed are serving the purpose of increased usage of pedestrians and vehicles plying the route to improve socio-economic activities. Two (2) concrete walkways and three (3) speed boats were provided in three communities.
This SEEFOR CDD-Social project has made tremendous progress in terms of providing access to socio-economic services cutting across the above mentioned sectors by recording numerous direct and indirect beneficiaries of various categories of persons irrespective of gender. Presently three hundred and eighty-eight thousand five hundred and seventy-five (388,575) persons are recorded beneficiaries of this all-inclusive project.