The World Bank and European Union (EU) have, again, commended the Delta State Government for what they described as the holistic approach in the implementation of the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) projects in the state. The commendation was made yesterday by the SEEFOR Task Team Leader (TTL) of the bank, Mr. Jens Kristensen during their assessment visit to the state on projects already executed and on-going.
The commendation came as the Delta State Project Coordinator of the project; Mr. Benson Ojoko gave an elaborate appraisal of projects done so far since the commencement of the SEEFOR project in the state, two years ago. According to Ojoko, the number of persons already employed under the component A1 of the project in the past two years equals 4,431 as against the targeted figure of 3,141 within the period under review.
A breakdown of the figure reveals that 2,434 were employed as Road Managers, with 37 Supervisors, 1,600 Waste Mangers with 360 Supervisors, 160 Private Sector Participants (Contractors engaged). Within the period, Ojoko noted that over 228 Kilometers of roads and drainages were either constructed, rehabilitated or maintained in six pilot cities of the project which include; Asaba, Warri, Udu, Uvwie, Sapele and Ughelli.
The SEEFOR project coordinator disclosed that within the period under review, 156 out of the 400 beneficiaries of the project in batch 1 successfully enrolled for vocational training at the State-owned Skill Acquisition Centre in Asaba.
Given the feat recorded so far, Ojoko stated that the Delta State SEEFOR has received myriad of commendation letters from various benefitting communities, private institutions as well as private individuals.
Responding, the National Project Coordinator of the Project, Mr. Tunde Lawal lauded the Delta State SEEFOR for the feat achieved, stressing that the state has since demonstrated its leading role in relation to implementation of the SEEFOR project.
Meanwhile, it would be recalled that SEEFOR project is a tripartite arrangement between the World Bank, European Union (EU) and the Delta State Government.