Ayade Lauds UN Activities in CRS

The Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has extolled the United Nations Systems, Delivery as One (DaO) for laudable contributing to the socio-economic development of the State.

Senator Ayade made the commendation this at the Cross River State Government/UN Systems’ DaO stakeholder’s engagement meeting held in Calabar.

Represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu, the Governor lauded the e orts of the UN/DaO for doing a lot for the state especially in the areas of health, erosion control, climate change, agricultural production, water projects and management of government agencies.

He assured the UN of government’s timely payment of its counterpart contributions for executive execution of all UN/DaO projects in the state. Governor Ayade maintained that his administration will continue to place emphasis on the provision of infrastructural growth geared towards alleviating the sufferings of the people, thus appealing to the UN system DaO to consider the state in the next phase of its development programmes.

Speaking earlier, the Programme Coordinator and Head of Office, United Nations Population Office, Calabar, Mr. Kenneth Ehouzou said the purpose of the UN systems DaO Stakeholders engagement meeting was to share its activities, successes and challenges with a view to reviewing and projecting same into the 2018 programme plan. Ehouzou asserted that the meeting was also to open opportunities to strengthen the coordination of UN Agencies and MDAs in the state benefiting from UN interventions. According to him the team of UN systems comprises of technical expertise and different UN agencies, noting that the meeting was the first.

The Head, Resident Coordinator’s Office and UN Strategic Planner, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Abuja, Mr. Kwasi Amankwaah later presented an overview of the UNDAF/DaO programme, while the State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Mr. Francis Etta gave an overview of the 2017

DaO work plan and progress of implementing MDAs. The meeting featured presentations by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), discussions and next action steps.

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