The commissioner for economic development has said his ministry is willing to partner USAID, State2State for effective service delivery.
Mr Emem Bob stated this while receiving the team from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), State2State led by the state team lead, Mr. Borve-Paago Imabel, who paid a courtesy visit on him at the ministry, recently.
Bob commended USAID for the support given to the state, and the ministry for selecting Akwa Ibom among the six states in Nigeria to share in their benevolence, and assured them of the support and cooperation of the ministry and government.
The commissioner reiterated the commitment of the government and the ministry for the actualization of State2State set goals and objectives.
“Your organization is important to our ministry and the state,we are looking at an output that will move the state forward”
The State2State team lead, Mr Imabel, while presenting an overview of its projects indicated that it would focus on delivery of services in key sectors including education, primary health care, water and sanitation.
Imabel mentioned that the projects were currently operating in six states of Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Ebonyi, Yobe and Sokoto, and is expected to run from 2020 to 2025.
The state team lead was accompanied by the local government area manager, Dr. Iboro Nelson, and the Gender & Social Inclusion Specialist, Emediong Akpan.
The visit is aimed at strengthening the partnership, collaboration, and review the progress and challenges of USAID State2State programme in the state together with the way forward for the improvement of its services to the state.
The interactive session was focused on technical issues with contributions from the attendees present. Important issues were discussed and agreements reached on implementation processes.
The meeting was attended by the permanent secretary, Mr. Effiong Ekpenyong, and directors in the ministry.