The Federal Ministry of Finance has commended Akwa Ibom State Government for its commitment towards attracting donor assisted projects to the state.
The commendation came from the Director, Department of International Economic Relation (IER) of the Ministry, Mrs Aisha Omar during the IER team’s visit to the state, for the Financial Year 2020 statutory Borrower’s Monitoring and Evaluation of all donor assisted projects in Akwa Ibom.
Omar appreciated the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel for paying counterpart funds which enabled the state to come onboard all the donor assisted projects in the state and for ensuring that the projects were executed according to World Bank standard.
“The whole essence of us being here is to physically see the progress we are making in projects, and not just to rely on what we read on paper and to see if we are adding value to money, making progress in the implementation which in the long run will impact the lives of the people”, she said.
The Director expressed satisfaction on the level and standard of work carried out by Nigerpet Structures Limited, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the contracting firms handling the projects with the supervision of the Akwa Ibom State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (AKS-NEWMAP) as well as the ministry of Environment and the Department of Multilateral and Donor Agencies.
“So far, what I can see is that there is serious work in progress. I can see money has been put into proper use and that is quite encouraging to us. This is what we wanted to see and we have seen it. I can see the commitment of the state government towards the completion of these projects, “she added.
Earlier, the deputy director of IER, Mr Abdulfatah Abdulsalam extolled the performance of Akwa Ibom State Agency for Community and Social Development, shortly after the presentation on the activities of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in the state by the general manager, Mr. Ishmael Akpan.
Abdulfatah while explaining the reason for the Additional Financing of CSDP, lauded the General Manager for ensuring the adoption of Community Driven Development approach in the implementation of the micro-projects. He said adoption of the approach was in line with the Project Development Objectives (PDO) of CSDP which he noted is to increase access by the poor people to social and natural infrastructure services.
The deputy director who also lauded other projects managers, made a case for sustainable arrangement to be made to commence as soon as the projects come to an end. He expressed hope that in the next two months, the NIGERIA-COVID-19 Action Economic Recovery Stimulus (NG-CARES) programme will take off.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Finance, Mr Linus Nkan, his Environment and Petroleum Resources counterpart, Mr Charles Udoh and the Senior Special Assistant/ Coordinator, Department Multilateral and Donor Agencies, office of the governor, Mr Ndiana-Abasi Udom, were on hand to welcome the team to the state.
Presentations were done by the General Manager/Project Managers of CSDP, Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRiN) and Save One Million Lives (SOML) to review implementation progress of the projects.
Areas touched include: disbursement status, counterpart funding released, disbursement issues, procurement issues and summary of challenges and project impact.
High point of the visit was the inspection of NEWMAP project sites and CSDP micro-projects sites where the team interacted with the contractors, consultants and beneficiaries of the micro-projects.
Credit: Victor Essang