The acting General Manager, CSDP Katsina State, Alhaji Muhammad Abdulaziz, disclosed this on Friday during a ceremony to mark the commencement of the Community Projects and Oando Foundation Partnership at Randawa in the Mani Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the funds were disbursed from 2017 to date to the benefiting communities in six local government areas of the state, comprising Bakori, Danmusa, Kaita, Kankara, Mani and Rimi.
He said, “A total of N150.9m was disbursed to further improve education sector, while the remaining N326.9m was disbursed for execution of projects on health, electricity, water supply and access roads, among others.
“Therefore, going by estimate of impacting 3,500 persons per community, it could be said that about 150,000 poorest of the poor have been directly uplifted and hundreds of thousands indirectly impacted.”
He also said that Oando Foundation partnered the Community and Social Development Agency to enhance the living conditions of the citizens and provide them with infrastructure.
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, thanked the foundation for the initiative, which he noted was aimed at improving the standard of education.
Masari, represented by the state Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Idris Tune, urged the benefiting communities to maintain the projects being executed in their domains.
He also urged other organisations to emulate Oando Foundation by investing particularly in the education sector because of its role in nation building.
The Oando Foundation Programme Management represented by Ms Tonia Uduimoh said that the foundation was working in 23 states of the federation.
She said that the foundation had adopted 88 public schools for their intervention.
According to her, in Katsina State, seven schools were selected to benefit from the foundation.
Uduimoh said that the foundation supported governments in Nigeria to improve the quality of education.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the state government and Oando Foundation for the implementation of the projects.