OWERRI – The Imo State government has said that it will strengthen its partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to widen its reach in community based natural resources management.
Addressing a delegation of the donor agency in Owerri on Saturday, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Eze Madumere, said the IFAD programme was in line with the state government’s Community Government Council whose main goal was to bring development to the rural areas.
Madumere said the government stood to promote and encourage programmes geared to empower the people and eradicate poverty in the society.
“This government has set up a community government council aimed at bringing its presence close to the communities.
“We are happy that IFAD is here to augment what the government is already doing.
She said IFAD would play a major role in empowering the people, especially vulnerable youths.
“The Imo government stands to benefit a lot from this programme because it is community-based.
“Since the government has started a community government programme, we will help to attract more projects to the state,” he said.
Ibeabazie urged the government to fulfill its part of the partnership, saying the IFAD will always work to alleviate poverty in Imo. (NAN)