A non governmental organization, Connected Advocacy, on Wednesday, appealed to the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and donor agencies to include the people of the community while executing projects that have to do with their wellbeing to tackle the issues of abandon projects.
President of the group, Comrade Prince Israel Orekha, made the appeal while speaking on the ‘Imperative for Community Ownership and Sustainability of Community Interventions After Donors’ Support’ in Benin City.
He said it is imperative for community ownership and sustainability of community interventions and support through the establishment of a sustainable model that would help sustain donor sponsored interventions and projects because there have been cases where projects end whenever donor’s funds end.
Comrade Orekha said this happens more often because the inhabitants of the area where most of these projects are sited whether by government or cooperate bodies, are not always involved, adding that for any projects to have a hitch-free ending, the locals must play a contributory role.
Orekha added that community ownership encourages responsibility and accountability among the community people, promotes cooperation, coordination and collaboration between the stakeholders and the people.
The president of the group while inducting the newly elected patron of the group, Chief Michael Uba, said the benefits that accrue from all inclusiveness of the local communities in project siting and execution cannot be overemphasized, therefore, the state government and other donor agencies should embrace it for rapid development of the various communities in the state.
“Till this very time, community interventions suffer a setback due to lack of community ownership. This has made the continuous underdevelopment and lack of sustainability of projects and intervention at the grassroots.
“The way forward is a continuous partnership with local communities, key influencers, voluntary organisations, individuals and philanthropists since it has been ascertained that government alone cannot provide necessary development, so, working together for results and sustainability must be encouraged”, he said.