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Cross River Keen On Partnership For Development

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, (THEWILL) - Partnership and networking have again been identified as panacea for human development and societal progress.

Cross River State Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Edak Iwachuckwu stated this when a team from the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, and the Japanese International Co-operation Agency paid her a courtesy call in her office.

The commissioner, represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr. Nchajeno Owan, commended the initiative of the Japanese Agency, pointing out that the state government was already collaborating with its Japanese counterpart in various areas.

Lauding the state government and the Japanese Agency’s initiative in supporting three Women Development Centres in the state, Iwachukwu recognised the inevitability of partnerships in achieving progress in the state, and reiterated the state government’s commitment to the progress and development of women in the state.

Earlier, leader of the team, Mr. Umar Idris told the commissioner that they were in the state to follow up on the equipment released to the centres, to practically observe the use of the equipment and how beneficial there are to women. He added that the project will continue in segments until it attains the expected standard of impacting skills and mitigating poverty among women in the state.

It would be recalled that the state government last year signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency to equip Women Development Centres in Akamkpa, Abi and Ogoja, in order to train women on various skills that they could in turn deploy into alleviating their poverty levels.