SYNOPSIS OF THE BILL FOR THE REGISTRATION AND REGULATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATIONS AND ALLIED ASSOCIATIONS IN PLATEAU STATE AND FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED 2020 BY DANIEL, NANBOL LISTICK et al
Community development associations are usually a group of people within the same landed confines who then agree to come together and work together in order to build the area in which they have found themselves so it can be easier and safer for all of them to live in. When people in the same community agree to work together, what usually happens is that they can always consolidate on and also benefit from each other’s efforts. By the time they become established, they also become avenues for the government to reach the people at the grassroot.
Despite the fact these associations have been coming together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems, there is need to register and regulate their activities. The need to register and regulate CDAs was revealed to State Legislators during palliative distribution and the present insecurity challenges and kidnaping in the State. This will further improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.
Daniel, Nanbol Listick et al wish to let Honourable Members know that if this Bill is enacted, it will assist in consolidating a set of values and practices which plays a special role in overcoming poverty and disadvantage, knitting society together at the grass roots and deepening democracy. The CDAs shall promote self-help efforts within the community; raise funds for the implementation of community projects and activities; initiate, execute and monitor community development projects; create awareness about and mobilize residents on their civic duties and community development generally; ensure peace and security within the community by collaborating with security agencies and government; monitor and maintain social infrastructure provided by government for the benefit of the community; promote and encourage compliance with government policies and programmes on community development generally; collaborate with public and private agencies and non-governmental organization for the promotion of community development ideals and goals; and perform such other functions and activities as may be recommended by the Ministry through the Local Government.
I therefore call on my distinguished colleagues to support the speedy passage of this Bill for the benefit of humanity.
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