CALABARâ€”Cross River has been described as the best models in the country for the United Nations Country Team to show-case its international donor programme, considering its visionary leadership and serene atmosphere.
Governor Liyel Imoke made the remarks during a dinner in honour of the new resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Nigeria, Dr. Dauda Toure, at Government House, Calabar.Â He described the United Nations agencies in the state as stakeholders in its development which enduring relationship with the state had been of immense benefit to the people.
Imoke, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Efiok Cobham, called for more of the agenciesâ€™ presence and support saying the state was prepared to partner it in all its programmes for the benefit of its populace.
Dr. Daudo Toure, the new Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Nigeria, in his response, said he was delighted at the model of the state in its efforts at achieving the Millennium Development Goals Programme of the United Nations
HeÂ promised more support and return of the UNDP to the state, while citing people oriented, accountability in governance posture of the government as the basis for more support of UN Programme to Cross River.
Mr. Fidelis Ugbo, Secretary to the State Government in an introductory address, said the dinner was hosted in recognition of the good partnership existing between Cross River and the United Nations country team in the country.
Ugbo traced the relationship to the creation of the State, citing the support of UNICEF and UNDP in the child care and agriculture programmes as highly commendable as well as called for a more robust relationship.
The dinner featured the decoration of Suami Sakai, the UNICEF Coordinator in the state as an Ambassador of Cross River State to the United Nation by Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke, wife of the state governor.