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Ebonyi govt solicits USAID supports, cooperation 

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The Ebonyi State Government has appealed through USAID for more support and cooperation from the World Bank to assist in driving key sectors of development to the state.
Nwifuru made the appeal why meeting with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) State to State team in his office at the New Government House, Ochudo Centenary City Abakaliki, the State capital.
He said, “Though the State has secured a lot of funds through the support of the state to state programmes, more is required to be done in that direction.
“Let me first thank the leader and members of the team. When we started this issue of State Fiscal  Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS), we were able to achieve a lot through our commitment and your support. We are  happy because of what we were able to get, but I urge you to give us more support. Any area we are behind, involve our people because we are still loosing a lot in the implementation of World Bank Projects”.
The Governor also acknowledged what he described as modest efforts in the previous administration on infrastructure and human capital development and assured that he will always work with any development partners to improve on the standard.
 Dr. Joe Abah, the team leader who has earlier said they were in the governor’s office to brief him on the activities of the State to State programme, disclosed that Ebonyi State has made tremendous progress in public financing, management and transparency.
” Since 2020,  we have focused on support to Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), participation of citizens in  governance and how to mitigate conflict in the State.
“Ebonyi has been doing medium expenditure framework successfully in line with the requirements of the fiscal responsibility laws. We have also helped the State to develop medium term sector strategy in three key sectors of Education, Health as well as Water and Sanitation and they have been using the strategy to do budgeting
“The Governor, when he was Speaker of the  State Assembly, played a critical role by ensuring that all relevant laws that empowered the state to benefit were passed “.
Dr. Abah made known  the need for  Ebonyi State government to set up a transformation unit that will offer technical support for the implementation of the Governor’s campaign manifesto during the 2023 general Elections.

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