Delta SEEFOR Stakeholders Brainstorm In Asaba

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba

Members of the State Expenditure and Employment for Result (SEEFOR) Project’s Community Oversight Committees (COCs), saddled with the responsibility for ensuring conflict resolution and creation of enabling environments for the execution of the Project Public Works have been enjoined to always interface with the relevant stakeholders in their communities in order to fashion out sustainability measures for the SEEFOR template of development.

The Delta State Project Coordinator of the SEEFOR Project, Sir Frank Apokwu, who gave the advice in Asaba during the fourth quarterly meeting with the COC members, noted that through effective maintenance culture, the communities would continue to reap the benefits of the SEEFOR Project for a long time after its foreclosure.

Sir Apokwu, however, described the COC members as critical stakeholders whose modest contributions in the success of the SEEFOR Project would be acknowledged at all times and urged them to sustain their commitments to the Project.

The SEEFOR Project Coordinator reiterated that the objective of the World Bank intervention was aimed at checking youth restiveness through employment generation and reorientation of the youths and other beneficiaries on the need to be self-reliant.

Sir Apokwu, commended the COC members for their commitments toward the success of the SEEFOR Project and stressed the need for them to always turn in their monthly reports in time, adding that such reports would enable the Project to be sufficiently abreast with the progress recorded so far and the challenges confronting them.

In their separate remarks, some of the COC members including Mrs Mariam Nwankwo, Mr. Austin Okoketa and Pastor Robert Osahon, among others who spoke, commended the World Bank, Delta State Government and the SEEFOR Project for brining succor to their communities through the intervention.

They maintained that the intervention had provided a sources of livelihood for their youths, noting that crime rate in their respective areas had reduced due to the empowerment of their children by the Project just as they appealed for more infrastructural and human capital development.