Mr Dennis Nev, the Taraba Coordinator of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), on Tuesday called on the State Government to work towards accessing development funds from the organization.
Nev made the call in Jalingo while briefing journalists on the good chances the state had to benefit from NEPAD funding windows.
He noted that the natural endowment of the state had placed it on the path of accelerated development in the areas of agriculture and mineral resources.
However, he noted that the NEPAD office in the state had to be fully operational so as to unlock the many funding opportunities from the organization for the state to eccelerate development.
“Taraba stands a better chance to access funds from NEPAD given its huge agricultural and mineral potentials.
“The only thing left is to make the state office of the new partnership fully operational so as to enable the state access the funds for development,” he said.
According to him, NEPAD’s main objective was to promote good governance in order to foster development in all spheres of human endeavour.
Nev noted that Gov. Darius Ishaku had put all indices of development on ground from physical infrastructure to skills acquisition which had received the commendation of NEPAD national office.
He maintained that despite the economic recession, the governor was paying salaries and executing people oriented projects that were of great economic benefits to the people of the state.
Nev cited the Green House project which had employed over 200 youths and the recent presentation of working tools to over 335 graduands of its youth skills acquisition training and the ongoing recruitment of teachers as some of the key achievements of the governor.
“I want to commend the governor for the ongoing recruitment of 3,000 school teachers, the timely procurement of fertiliser and other agricultural inputs for farmers are clear indices of good governance which deserve commendation.’’
Nev noted that because of the giant strides, the Ishaku administration was making in creating jobs and reducing poverty, the national officials of NEPAD had indicated interest to visit the state to see things for themselves.
Nev also called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with vision for development to register with NEPAD Taraba to help promote good governance in the state. (NAN)