Newly appointed Enugu State Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Emeka Mamah, has warned community leaders against the misuse of funds allocated to Word Bank assisted projects in their area.

The commissioner also said that the State government was totally committed to improving the lives of rural dwellers in the state.

Mamah gave this warning while declaring open a 2-day workshop for members of the Community Project Management Committee (CPMC) organized by the Management of the State Agency of Community for Social Development Project (CSDP) in Enugu.

According to the Commissioner, the workshop was apt as rural development was one of the 4-point agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi during his campaign for second term.

While maintaining that the state government and the World Bank will not condone any attempt to mismanage the fund, Mamah urged the benefitting communities to take the advantage of the World Bank assisted projects to uplift their areas.

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“This is my first official assignment as Commissioner for Rural Development. I am happy being here. I urge you all to take this training with all seriousness. Our able governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has 4-point agenda and rural development which is one of his focal points is paramount in his consolidation process. Be responsive and accountable”, he added.

Earlier, the General Manager of CSDP in the state, Dr Maximus Asogwa, said the training was to educate the participants on the mission of the CSDP so as to equip them with what they need to know during the execution of projects at their various communities.

Asogwa explained to them that CSDP projects are community-driven, pointing out that the state government keyed into the world Bank projects to improve the lives of the people.