Imo govt seeks to strengthen partnership with IFAD

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imo stateOWERRI – The State government has said it its partnership with the International for Agricultural (IFAD) widen its reach in community based natural resources management.

Addressing a delegation the donor agency in Owerri Saturday, the Deputy Governor the state, Mr Eze Madumere, said the IFAD programme was in line with the state government’ Community Government Council whose main goal was bring the areas.

Madumere said the government stood to promote and encourage programmes geared to empower the people and eradicate in the society.

He said the state government had laid more emphasis even in its 27 local government areas, adding the IFAD project would help to the effort to eradicate .

“This government has up a community government council aimed at bringing its presence close to the communities.

“We are happy IFAD is here to augment what the government is already doing.

“We do everything possible to sustain this project in State,” he said.

Earlier, the Country Programme Manager IFAD, Ms Atsuko Toda, told the deputy governor that the agency’ mission was to partnership with the state government.

She said IFAD would play a major role in empowering the people, especially vulnerable youths.

“The government stands to benefit a lot from this programme because it is community-based.

“Since the government has started a community government programme, we help to attract more projects to the state,” he said.

She commended Gov. Rochas for embarking infrastructural development in Imo which had gone a long way to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

The Programme Coordinator, Mrs Irene Ibeabazie, said the only way the programme would yield fruits in Imo was for the government to pay its counterpart .

Ibeabazie urged the government to fulfill its part of the partnership, saying the IFAD will always work to alleviate in Imo. (NAN)