Needs Assessment Visit To Communities Kicks Off

To Ensure Proper, Adequate Budgetary Allocation
BY ANDREW IKEHI
AS part of efforts aimed at ensuring proper and adequate budgetary allocation in subsequent fiscal years in Delta State, the state government has embarked on “Needs Assessment Visit” of communities in the state.
Leading the visit, the State Commissioner for Economic Planning, Chief Kenneth Okpara while saying that the state government is adopting a bottom-up approach in its budget/planning processes to achieve adequate and even economic development in the state, explained that the assessment visit would help the State government ascertain the priority needs of the people.
He explained that the administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan is irrevocably committed to the overall development of the state with priority attention on the rural areas/communities.

Flagging off the visit at Ethiope East Local Government Area of the the state where he visited and interacted with the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, HRM, Ogurimi-Rime Okpara 1, the Ovie of Oruarivie, Abraka Kingdom, HRM, Akpomeyoma Majoroh Ojeta II, and the Ovie of Umiaghwa, Abraka Kingdom, HRM, Lucky Ararile, the Commissioner said the state g overnment is committed to partnering with traditional rulers in the state towards promoting economic development in the state.
Speaking with the PRESS shortly after the visit, Okpara said “This is part of political economy which is a blend between politics and economy. If you do not have the two coming together, whatever you are doing on the economic front will not be successful, because, that is where you have the base-line, the political will of the people to support economic development”.
“This visit is part of what we call Needs Assessment. For you to plan well, you need to assess the needs of the people. They told us today (Thursday, March 29, 2012) that they have various needs to develop their communities. When we will be doing our budget/planning, I will bring it to bear to ensure that each community’s needs are given priority, because we use the bottom-up approach in our budgeting process. Apart from hearing it from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), I am hearing it directly from the different communities themselves”.
With a firm promise to convey their messages and demands to the State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Okpara urged the traditional rulers in the state to rise up to the task of guiding and supervising projects in their domain as well as work with the contractors handling projects in their area with the view to ensuring that the projects are carried out as specified.
In each of the communities visited, the traditional rulers who itemised their areas of needs, prayed for the present administration, the state, and the peace of the country.
In their separate remarks, the monarchs who spoke in Urhobo Language urged the state government to consolidate on road construction and maintenance, address the power challenges in the state, improve on agriculture, address the perennial problem of unemployment as well as address the increasing rates of security challenges, among others.