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World Bank Hails Delta on SEEFOR Projects

May 29, 2014

Felix Igbekoyi

The World Bank has scored Delta State Government high on its holistic implementation of the World Bank, European Union, EU, and the state government sponsored State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project in the state.

Delta State is one of the four Niger Delta states of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers where the SEEFOR projects are ongoing.

Jens Kritensen, Task Team Leader (TTL), posited on Monday after the two days assessment visit on the SEEFOR projects in the state, that the state government ranks best among other states where SEEFOR projects are domiciled.

Harping on the realities of the Public Fund Management (PFM) component of the project, the established cost of estimates and the need for proper monetary evaluation, he enjoined the state government to put in place modalities that would ensure the sustainability of the project, just as he stressed the need for continued training and retraining of beneficiaries of the projects.

This, the TTL noted, was aimed at ensuring strict adherence to standardisation, which he stressed, was the core value of the SEEFOR project.

"Delta State is indeed doing very well in ensuring full implementation of the SEEFOR projects, the project implementation is indeed a robust one. We have gone round the projects in the state as well as visited some of the sites and we can state categorically that we are impressed with the implementation level in the state. All the things that needed to be in place are indeed in place," Kritensen noted.

Kennet Okpara, Commissioner for Finance, Delta State, stated in his contribution that the state put steps in place to ensure that its counterpart funds are used for the targeted development and those impacts of such activities are monitored and evaluated to show expected results.

He stressed that the state has made great strides towards its development and has invested massively in infrastructure, tackling corruption at all levels, improved healthcare and education and a sustainable improvement of the general standard of living of the electorate which has resulted in significantly reducing the spate of insecurity.

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Source: AllAfrica

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