The European Union (EU) has commended the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State for the giant developmental strides it has embarked upon in the areas of human capital and infrastructural development.
Team Leader of the EU assisted Micro-Project Programme (MPP) 9, Mrs. Margareth Hammer, at the launch of the programme for the nine Niger Delta states in Asaba on Thursday, observed that Uduaghanâ€™s administration has taken efforts that have made life more meaningful to the people of the state.
â€œWe appreciate the absolute free medicare initiative for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers embarked upon by your administration.The improved transportation realized by the township taxi scheme is worthy of commendation, not forgetting to mention the massive ongoing road constructions to improve linkages within the state.
â€œYour great achievements in micro_credit scheme which earned you an award and your initiative for promotion of climate change in Delta State and the Niger Delta as a whole, is highly applauded.
â€œI canâ€™t fail to salute your courage to embark on the construction of Airport in Asaba and the expansion of the seaport. Indeed you have done well for the people of Delta,â€ she said.
Uduaghan on his part, represented by his deputy, Prof Amos Utuama (SAN) commended the EU for the MPP9 programme, noting that the state government has been partnering with other development organizations in addressing and reducing poverty in the state.
â€œDelta State has always demonstrated an appreciable level of awareness and commitment to improving the socio_economic status of the rural and urban poor.
â€œTherefore, this Micro_Project Programme, if properly executed will be a veritable tool in the economic empowerment of our people and would also contribute meaningfully to the achievement of our development agenda,â€ he said.
The state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr. Bernard Okumagba gave the monetary value of the programme as â€œ45.5 million Euros (about N9.2billion) and is proposed to be funded in the ratio of 25 % community contribution, 25 % local government contribution and 50 % EU contribution.â€
Okumagba explained, â€œthe main purpose of the programme is to support Niger Delta states in institutionalizing reforms through offering models of transparent and participatory micro projects that increase access to socio_economic infrastructure services, income generating options, sustainable livelihood options, gender equality and community empowerment.â€