Stakeholders want KWASU CD initiative replicated in other institutions

Community Development practitioners in Nigeria have called for the replication of the Kwara State University’s Community Development initiative in all universities and other tertiary institutions in the country. To achieve this, they expressed the need for the National Universities Commission (NUC) to facilitate the institutionalisation process.

This was part of the recommendations at a two-day consultative meeting and workshop, organised by the International Association for Community Development (IACD), in collaboration with the Institute of Community Development Practitioners (ICDP) Nigeria. Held recently at ASO Motel, Kaduna, the workshop had as theme “Issues in Community Development Practice in Nigeria.”

The workshop had the Acting Director of KWASU Centre for Community Development, Mr. Lawal Olohungbebe, as Chairman of one of its working groups in key thematic areas.      

In a communique issued at the end of the event, the participants commended the KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, for his efforts at making the University academic and research activities community development-focused. They acknowledged the importance of community development services and support programmes of the Institution to communities in Kwara State.

The participants also called on stakeholders in Nigeria’s Community Development practice to encourage sustainable practice of inclusive education in order to address community problems. They added that practitioners should remain committed to the belief that developing communities is the answer to national development.

“A National Community Development Agency should be established in the Presidency to facilitate community development activities in all the six geo-political regions of Nigeria or a substantive department/directorate under a relevant ministry. The agency or directorate should be supported by enabling laws that will recognise and regulate the activities of the practitioners to meet global standards,” the communique stated.

It also recommended that government should increase funding to the Community Development sector at local, state and federal levels to ensure that adequate logistic support, proper monitoring and supervision are enhanced in order to improve the socio-economic condition of communities.

While calling for collaboration among all stakeholders to promote community development activities at all levels, the workshop advocated the establishment and registration of more organisations involved in community development practice at the national, state and local levels.

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