Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has cautioned traditional rulers and leaders of communities against misappropriation of funds provided by the World Bank for various rural projects in the state.
Ugwuanyi gave the warning while presenting the first tranche of the funds to each of the five benefiting communities on Tuesday in Amodu, Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state.
The governor, who was represented by the General Manager, Community and Social Development Project, Dr Maximus Asogwa, said that the projects were done in collaboration with the state government.
The governor, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, urged the community leaders to ensure that the projects were completed within the allotted timeframe to attract more infrastructure to their areas.
Ugwuanyi advised them to avoid internal crises, which could stall the projects and consequently erode the confidence in them by their subjects.
He called on members of the Community Project Management Committee in each community to be fully in charge of the execution of the projects and live up to expectation.
According to him, all the projects are community-driven since the communities listed them for intervention.
The governor stated, “The rural projects will be executed by the communities and are owned by them as well.
“The Enugu State Government paid its counterpart funds.
The community paid its own part of the money and the rest money is from the World Bank.
So, there is a need for proper utilisation of the money.”
(Permission from PUNCH).
By John D.