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Delta lauds World Bank, FG for intervention programme in the state

Delta Government has commended the World Bank Group and the Federal Governnent for its continued assistance to the State  through various intervention programmes.

The  State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije, gave the commendation during the sensitisation meeting with representative of the World Bank,  officials from the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, commissioners, heads of implementing agencies and other relevant state government officials on Thursday in Asaba.

He also thanked the Federal Government for its collaboration with the World Bank that had made loans and International Development Association (IDA)  credits available to states for the purpose of bringing developmental projects that would better the lives of Nigerians.

The commissioner, while commending officials from the various state  Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) for being selected to be part of the implementation process,   advised  them to ensure they take the visit seriously.

Tilije also advised them key into the collaborations with a view of bringing development to  state without compromising the World Bank standard.

He said, ”sectors such as water, health, and environment are very vital sectors of the economy that the World Bank is interested in and if we do well in these areas, it will be well with us as a people.

” I therefore implore all implementing MDAs to drive the process, put in your possible best to achieve the purpose of this visit and if there will be need to extend the number of days already scheduled for the meeting, it would be done.”

He assured the representatives of World of the State’s readiness to sustain the partnership between the World Bank, Federal Governnent and the state.

Tilije also urged them to find time to savor the hospitality the state offers and get to know the towns, the people,l and culture among others as they carry out the assignment.

Earlier,  Mr Abduhamid Gwaram, the Programme Coordinator, Sustainable Urban And Rural Water Supply, Sanitation And Hygiene Programme (NG- SURWASH), commended the state government for its achievements in implementating World Bank programmes in the state.

According to him, right from the assessment that led to the selection of states to participate in the this programme, Delta has been performing well.

Gwaram also commended the State Programme Implementing Unit (SPIU) for their cooperation  and also  thank the state government for the efforts made in ensuring that the state was able to meet the programme requirements in terms of the loans agreements among others.

“Delta was the first State that accessed disbursement of the programme and also the first to achieve such within the first year of the approval of the programme.

”This is the first of its kind in Nigeria where a programme conceived and approved by the World Bank is able to meet its effectiveness deadline without extension.

”It is important to also note that the SURWASH programme is the first World Bank assisted programme in Nigeria that got effectiveness status in less than three months from the day of signing of the programme to effectiveness disbursement.

”World Bank is happy with us that we were able to break this record and all this happened courtesy of the State,” he said.

Gwaram also commended  Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his prompt response to them during the time of engagement with him and his contributions during the interactions and question sessions.

In his welcome address the State Programme Coordinator, Dr Melody Ogwezzy, noted that the essence of the visit was to acquaint the State with the procedures of the World Bank implementation guidelines for for the programme.

“We deem it necessary to have with us today, the State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Fidelis Tilije and his counterpart the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr. Barry Gbe that have been of immense help in seeing that Delta came this far in the programme.

”We appreciate them for their good works. I would not fail to thank the State government for giving us a conducive office space to work in,” he added.

”The visit will see the visitors from Abuja spending three working days in State where they will have the opportunity to meet with all the relevant officials in the  various ministries involved in this programme .

”Part of the activities of the SURWASH programme will lead to address the inadequate supply of portable water to Nigerians,” he said.

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