By Ikechukwu Iweajunwa
Owerri, Nov. 24, 2021
A delegation of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has commended the Imo government for sustaining the program and enhancing the lives of its citizens through the platform.
The UNDP delegation gave the commendation on Tuesday during a visit to Imo to ascertain the level of progress and implementation of the program.
Spokesperson of the group, Mr. Clare Henshaw said during his remarks that the group was satisfied with the level of government commitment to the program.
He said the program was geared towards improving the standard of living as well as impacting the lives of the people positively.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team conducted needs assessment in Imo in company of key government functionaries on social cohesion and security, economic inclusion, economic growth and environmental sustainability.
Henshaw disclosed that the group adopted two flow response to review and evaluate development strides and progress accomplished by the state in the last three years.
He said the visit also seeks to identify existing gaps, challenges and development constraints across the state and to make recommendations on critical development gaps in line with the UNDP’s strategic focus.
Henshaw said with the level of government commitment towards the program in Imo, the group was convinced that the project has yielded result.
“The needs assessment will be used to support each state to accelerate socio economic transformation by addressing economic growth opportunities, insecurity, gender inequalities and environment climate change interventions.
“At the end of the assessment, a diagnostic report detailing the key entry points, recommendations of proposed strategic intervention areas where UNDP can provide technical expertise, material and financial investment will be made”, he said.
He stated that the team would highlight the crucial threats to sustainability, potential risks and recommendations to mitigate them and propose interventions under the three pillars.
In his brief remarks, Deputy Governor of Imo Prof. Placid Njoku commended UNDP for the program, adding that government would show more commitment to the sustainability of the program.
Special Adviser to Gov. Hope Uzodimma on Sustainable Development Goals and Humanitarian Services Mrs. Christine Ude said the governor has showed great commitment to the program.
“I can affirm that the governor of Imo Hope Uzodimma, has been so much helpful in making sure the program records huge success.
“One can recall that during the launch of the program that the governor promised to partner with SDG’s office to make sure that the resources got to those whom the program were designed for, being the vulnerables in the rural areas.