Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye says the presence of donor partners activities in the state has made significant contributions toward the development of Anambra.
Mr Okoye said this during a virtual session of the “2019 End of the Year Inter-Agency and Coordination Review meeting’’, to review the achievements, constraints, lessons learnt and assessment of relevance of programme interventions from January – December, 2019.
The commissioner said the donor agencies had done so much for the state as, “most of the resources used in funding intervention projects have come from partners.
“The intervention of our partners is everywhere in the state. When we talk about intervention programmes, it is not only about capital projects as some people think; human capital development is equally involved.
“Many Ndi Anambra have been trained in skills acquisition or empowered in other instances.
“They should keep up the good works that they are doing because their intervention has been helping in reducing poverty in the state,’’ Okoye noted.
According to him Gov. Willie Obiano has created a conducive environment in the state for donor agencies to come and intervene.
“We look forward to attracting more donor agencies,’’ stressed the Economic planning commissioner.
The overseeing officer from the Ministry, Mr Arthur Iweanya, said the state made giant strides with regards to the year under review.
He emphasised that apart from the state paying its counterpart funding, the state also benefited from many intervention programmes, stressing that in UNICEF activities, many women and children benefitted.
“The Anambra Community Development Agency (ANCDA), which is involved in the development of communities, dug boreholes for some communities that have problems sourcing water; this led to a drastic reduction in water borne diseases.
“You can see the activity of an agency like NEWMAP; they helped in tackling erosion menace in some erosion-prone communities. I appeal to the donor agencies to continue with their sponsorship of various projects in the state,” Mr Iweanya said.
Head of Partnership Coordination Department, Ebere Aghaji in her remarks said the objectives of the meeting were to know the activities implemented so far in the state and opted for proper evaluation and assessment that would help to avoid duplication of activities.
Source: Anambra State Government