Cross River State Government has restated its commitment to partner with the church for the development of the state and the citizenry.
Governor Liyel Imoke stated this while receiving a Papal message from Pope Benedict XVI from the Catholic Arch Bishop of Calabar Metropolitan Arch Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Ukpo, stating that the message which is an appreciation of government’s dedication to service would not only strengthen government and propel it to render more service but also foster the bond of relationship between the duo.
Imoke appreciated Ukpo for acknowledging the work of the State Government and its contribution for members of the church to attend the beatification of Pope John Paul II in Rome as well as the partnership and support of the Bishops Conference which will continue to strengthen the relationship between the two parties.
In another development, Cross River State Government has assured UNICEF that it will continue to meet its counterpart funding obligations for its assisted programme throughout the period of intervention.
Governor Liyel Imoke stated this after signing the 2011 Programme Implementation Agreement with UNICEF in Calabar, emphasizing that he had directed all relevant agencies to ensure the prompt release of all outstanding government counterpart funds for donor assisted programmes in the state including UNICEF.
Imoke explained that the agreement which is signed every year should not be seen as an “annual ritual”, but a symbolic ceremony affirming Cross River State commitment to the partnership with UNICEF, reasoning that it is meant to renew and cement its collaboration as well as point the way forward for the collective efforts to make a difference in the lives of the children.