By Festus Ahon
ASABA—DELTA State Government has said it will sustain its development programme as encapsulated in the SMART agenda. SMART deals on “Strategic Wealth creation projects and provision of jobs for all Deltans; Meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political and social harmony; Agricultural reforms and accelerated industrialization; Relevant Health and Education policies and Transformed environment through urban renewal.”
Speaking through the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Kinglesy Emu, during the opening ceremony of a two-day Aid Coordination meeting with all ministries, departments and agencies in the state, the government called on all collaborating agencies in the human development agenda of the state to tailor their activities towards impacting on the lives of the people.
Also speaking during the meeting which was organized by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in collaboration with the state government, Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Fidelis Tilije, explained that the workshop was aimed at presenting current reports on the donor support programmes and projects being implemented in the state.
Tilije said the state government had made payment of its counterpart fund, hence its qualification to benefit from the foreign donor agencies.
The UNDP focal person in the state, Mrs. Patience Ogbewe, who highlighted the activities of the collaborating MDAs, said the partnership with the UNDP was necessary, insisting that “the state government alone cannot meet the development needs of the people.”