By Oghenero Orovwuje
The Delta State Government has said it is committed to continue to partner with the World Bank and the Federal Government towards achieving success in public financial reforms and social intervention programmes.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, stated this in Asaba when a delegation from the World Bank/Federal CARES (Federal-Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus) Federal Cares Support Unit (FCSU) visited him.
Ukah, who noted that the state had benefited from the partnership and support of the World Bank and the Federal Government, said the state was committed to the implementation of the CARES programme, hence the State Executive Council in 2021 approved the sum of N998 million for the implementation of the micro and small enterprises components of the programme.
He also said that the State Executive Council in March 2022 approved the sum of N2.499 billion to fund activities of the CARES programme comprising the World Bank advance of N1.1 billion and N1.399 billion to be provided by the state.
The SSG also said that the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in August 2022 gave directive for the release of the outstanding sum of N1.399 billion for Result Area 1 and 2 and N508 million for Result Area 3 of the programme to the delivery platforms for the CARES programme implementation.
Ukah thanked the team for their technical support mission to assist the state’s system in the implementation of the CARES programme and advised them to take all the necessary steps in assisting the state to achieve the much expected results.
Earlier, the NG CARES Team Leader, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, said they were in the state to help verify and validate the implementation and status of the programme in the state.
Okunmadewa, who expressed satisfaction with the state government’s approach towards the programme, said the state was expected to fund a programme from its own resources and produce results that would benefit the people of the state and on the basis of that, the World Bank would make a provision for the state.
He scored the state as number one on the implementation of the programme and urged other states to emulate Delta State.