Akpan said that the agency had complimented the transformation programme of the government by touching positively on the lives of people in the rural areas.
“The agency has galvanised huge financial inflow and investment in rural communities, boosted local economy and leveraged the stock of rural infrastructure,” Akpan said.
He said that another 35 micro-projects across 15 communities in Akwa Ibom would be completed and inaugurated in September.
Akpan said the micro-projects were supported by World Bank funds for community development.
He said the government was working hard toward meeting the eligibility for additional funding and transition to the next phase of the projects.
Speaking also, Okwong commended the commitment of the agency toward the attainment of the organisation’s goals.
Okwong assured the agency that the ministry would study its areas of need with a view of assisting them in meeting the needs of the rural people.
He said the agency had the core mandate to generate employment for rural people, increase their income level and reduce urban migration.
Okwong urged the agency to scale up monitoring and evaluation programmes to ensure that funds were judiciously used.
He said the government was impressed by the activities of the agency, which had direct impact on the lives of rural people. (NAN)