Umuahiaâ€”Doctor Ken Uzor, the EU Programme Manager of Micro Project Programme, MPP9, in Abia, has decried the lukewarm attitude of local governments in the payment of their counterpart fund for needy communities.
Uzor made this known yesterday in Umuahia when officials of MPP9 paid a courtesy visit on Israel Amanze,Â Commissioner for Cooperatives and Poverty Reduction.
Uzor said: â€œWe want you to use your good offices during state executive council meetings to encourage local government administrators to support their communities by paying the counterpart fund for the success of the programme.â€
He said that communities collaborating with them were expected to pay 25 per cent of the total cost of the project of their choice in cash or kind, while their respective local councils would support them with 25 per cent cash.
He added that officials of MPP9 came to solicit the assistance of the Commissioner to support the infrastructural development of Abia as one of the nine benefitting states in the Niger-Delta region.
â€œWe have come to ask you to collaborate with us as one of the major stakeholders of rural development so as to meet the target of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs.
Responding, Amanze stressed the need to employ the services of community development officers in executing micro projects like MPP9 to achieve rural economic development.