ABUJA – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office said on Thursday that the implementation of Conditional Grants Scheme (CGS) projects at Local Government level would strengthen collaboration and intergovernmental coordination.
This is contained in a report entitled “Enhancing the MDG’s in Nigeria through CGS’’ released by the MDGs office in Abuja.
The MDGs said the scheme had provided several lessons for policy makers, government and community leaders in the country.
It said the involvement of state and local government councils had ensured stronger commitment and participation in the implementation of MDGs related activities.
“The increase levels of awareness and ownership among communities and tiers of government makes it much more likely that MDGs projects would continue in the long term.’’ .
It said state and local governments were responsible for the delivery of basic services to communities, noting that the support would help strengthen communities in various activities. [eap_ad_2] The report said local governments had taken responsibility of key activities, such as community involvement by ensuring that communities benefited from the CGS scheme.
It also said that local governments were handling the Need Assessment and Facility Management (NAFM).
The objective of NAFM, according to the report, is to provide basis for scaling-up of programmes to expand human resources, financial and basic infrastructure by making them more comprehensive.
“The state governments provide support to local governments to take responsibility for key activities such as community involvement, needs assessment and facility management.
“The Federal Government, however, provides project design, financial management and monitoring.
“Working with state and federal government, local governments have adopted evidence-based planning using national databases and tools such as the Nigerian Millennium Information System (NMIS).
“This is helping local governments to target social projects for maximum pro-poor impact,’’ it said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]