Adonte Community Signs MoU With SEEFOR

THE people of Adonte community in Aniocha South Council Area of the state have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Employment and Expenditure for Result [SEEFOR] over the construction of Adonte – Ogwashi-Uku earth road.
The road construction which is a counter fund project between the World Bank, European Union, Delta State Government and Adonte community, is estimated to cost N10m. While the two donor agencies are expected to donate N9m alongside the state government, Adonte community as part of its counterpart funding is expected to donate N1 million.
Presenting the first installment cheque to the community, the Project Director, Community Driven Development Social Implementation Unit of SEEFOR, Mrs. A. Orubu lauded the people of Adonte for making available their counterpart fund, which ,she said, is a clear determination of the community to see to the execution of the road project.
While assuring the community of the readiness of SEEFOR to release the remaining 50 per cent of the fund as soon as the community commences with the road rehabilitation, Mrs. Orubu said the organization has noted the effort the community has put in the past towards the maintenance of the road, just as she charged the community people to put in their best by ensuring that the project commences in earnest.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Rural Development, Mrs. Omatsola Williams who was represented by the Director of Community Development in the Ministry, Mrs. Juliana Ireyefye, who charged members of the the Adonte Community Project Management Committee to abide by the rule as stipulated by the project, hinted that any extra cost in the course of the execution would be borne by the community people.
While reminding the committees that there is no provision for upward review of the contract, Mrs. Williams lauded the donor agencies and the state government for keying into the SEEFOR project.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Austin Chikezie who was represented by his Special Assistant, Hon. Pius Okonjo, urged the youths to work closely with the committee to ensure that the project is completed in record time.
The Chairman of the Community Project Management Committee, Prince Charles Nwalikor, who spoke on behalf of the community assured the donor agencies and the state government of their determination to work towards ensuring the completion of the road project as stipulated by the SEEFOR law.
The Project Coordinator of SEEFOR, Mr. Peter Monye on his part charged the community to utilize the fund the donor agencies have donated for the road project, saying that the organization is always willing to partner with communities towards their overall development.The community thanked the donor agencies and the state government for making available the first tranch eof the counterpart fund which they said will enable them begin work.

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