In a remarkable stride towards realizing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ambitious Renewed Hope Agenda, Dr. Betta Edu, the Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has appointed Hon. Olubunmi Bello as the National Programme Manager of the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP). This strategic move is set to revitalize Nigeria’s social safety net program and combat the multifaceted challenges of poverty and humanitarian crises in the country.
Hon. Olubunmi Bello, a seasoned professional with over 22 years of experience in project management and community engagement, is well-equipped to lead the charge. A graduate of Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University, with extensive expertise and strategic acumen in community service delivery, is poised to be instrumental in steering the National CSDP mandate towards unprecedented success.
Bello’s appointment is a testament to her unwavering commitment to delivering impactful outcomes, even in challenging environments. Her impressive tenure as the Special Assistant to former Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Public-Private Partnership from 2019 to 2022, during which she showcased her ability to lead, organize, and achieve results.
One of her standout attributes is her ability to navigate complex challenges with grace and efficacy. As the National Programme Manager of CSDP, she will oversee the Program’s activities in all 36 states of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Her strong track record of results and proven leadership skills will undoubtedly be invaluable in coordinating the program’s efforts nationwide.
As one of the torchbearers for President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda under the Hon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, her role would extend far beyond traditional project management. Her responsibilities would encompass orchestrating a comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of poverty and humanitarian crises. This mandate aligns with the broader vision of creating a prosperous and equitable Nigeria.
Under President Tinubu’s directive, the CSDP is tasked with an expanded mandate to tackle the multifaceted challenges of poverty in Nigeria comprehensively at the grassroots. The program aims to provide support to those affected by humanitarian crises while actively working towards eradicating multi-dimensional poverty. In this new phase, the CSDP will be expected to serve as a lifeline for vulnerable communities, fostering sustainable infrastructural development and promoting self-reliance.
One of Hon Olubunmi Bello’s core competencies lies in strategic alliance formation. This skill will be pivotal in forging partnerships and collaborations that amplify the impact of the CSDP, by collaborating with state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international partners, worth the objective of harnessing the collective efforts to uplift communities and eradicate poverty.
The CSDP’s reach extends to every corner of Nigeria, touching the lives of millions. Hon. Olubunmi Bello’s journey is not just a professional milestone but a commitment to the well-being of the nation. Her mission to rejuvenate the CSDP and align it with President Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda is a noble undertaking that holds the potential to transform countless lives.
Bello’s dedication to women’s empowerment and participation in governance is noteworthy. Her service as one of the Coordinators of the 2022 Women Campaign Council during the Ekiti State Governorship Election and as a member of the Tinubu Professional Women Campaign Council illustrates her commitment to fostering inclusive development and gender equality.
In Hon. Olubunmi Bello, the Hon Minister and indeed Nigeria, has found a dedicated and accomplished leader to guide the Community and Social Development Project towards a brighter future. Her extensive experience, unwavering commitment, and strategic vision position her as a driving force in the fight against poverty and the alleviation of human suffering.
As the National Programme Manager of the CSDP, she embodies hope, progress, and the promise of a better Nigeria. Her journey is an inspiring testament to what can be achieved when passionate individuals take the helm of change and steer the nation toward a more prosperous future.
Adl is a Public Analyst and a Communication Specialist in Development Projects.