ODEY COMMENDS WORLD BANK-FUNDED APPEALS PROJECT

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By Ukongikwen Adie

The World Bank Agro Processing, Productivity, Enhancement and Livelihood improvement Support Project (APPEALS PROJECT) made up of the Task Team Leader, Mr. Manievel Sene, the National Project Coordinator, Mohammed Sani Jobdi, the State Project Coordinator Mr Marcel Agim and other high ranking officers called on the Governor of Cross River State, His Excellency Prince Bassey Otu, who was represented by his Deputy, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey NEGROIDHAVEN has confirmed.

Speaking during the visit, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey first appreciated the APPEALS Project leader and his team for the support given Cross River State. He conveyed the Governor’s commitment towards the project while assuring the team that they will continue to get the needed support because part of their mission is to commission the projects within the administration’s 100 days in office.

Rt. Hon Odey stated that having worked at the United Nations Development Programme, he is conversant with how donor-funded projects work. He assured the team that he will strive to see that Cross Riverians are not left behind. He added that as head of the State Steering Committee, he will go further to identify those contractors delaying the projects in order to give them the needed push to ensure that they deliver.

Earlier, in his opening remark, the Task Team Leader, Mr. Manievel Sene thanked His Excellency for the very strong support the project has received, while appealing for more support so that the projects can be completed early in August otherwise the funds will have to be returned to the World Bank and the opportunity for more funding will be lost.

Also speaking, the National Project Coordinator Mohammed Sani Jobdi thanked His Excellency Sen. Prince Bassey Otu for his timely intervention which will go a long way to add value to the the lives of Cross Riverians.

The State Coordinator, Mr. Marcel Agim said the project has done well so far with the efforts of the National office and Directors from the respective Federal Ministries who have done a lot to support the project. He added that since the assumption of the present administration, there has been very significant improvement and plenty of jubilation since His Excellency, Senator (Prince) Bassey Otu directed that the restrictions on the project accounts be removed. He solicited the that the zeal he has shown should be sustained in the few months left to enable the APPEALS Project finished strong. He said many Cross Riverians can now afford their daily meals and send their children to school because of farms and agric businesses that they have. They have also become entrepreneurs because the APPEALS Project assisted in registering their companies.

Also present were Mr. Chidozie Onyedikachi, Mrs Eucharia Nonye Osakwe (Financial Management Specialist) Dr. Salisu Garba (Project Operations Manager) Jummai Hashima (National Projects Accountant) and Alhaji Bukar Mussa (Director PCU-FMARD).