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By Angela Olimma

Abuja, June 17, 2019 (MOI) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has re-affirmed its commitment toward finalisation of the consolidated Project Document for Anambra State.

The Project Document was 4-5 year intervention plan for the state to be implemented in collaboration with UNDP to support Gov. Willie Obiano in achieving his mission and vision for the state.

Head, Environment Unit, Mr Muyiwa Odele on behalf of the Resident Representative, Mr Fredrick Ampiah said this during a 2-Day Review Meeting at UN House, Abuja.

According to Odele, the review is to ensure that the document is in compliance with UNDP corporate guidelines.

 It would also ensure that both parties were in mutual agreement with the modalities of the document.

Odele also explained that the document would reflect the pillars as represented in the 9th Country Programme for 2018-2022.

The pillars are Governance, Peace and Security, Inclusive Growth and Environmental Sustainability and Resilience.

He added that the programmes highlighted in the document must align with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and must be specific to produce expected results on implementation.

Head Procurement Unit, Mrs Rose Plang noted the importance of Anambra State Government to identify and clearly capture areas that would require UNDP’s support in terms of procurement.

This she said would guard against delay that might follow administrative processes during the implementation phase. 

Mrs Maureen Chukwurah and Mr Uche Buchi, Heads Inclusive Growth and Monitoring /Evaluation Units also explained that the objective of the review was to ensure that the indicators speak to the intervention areas, UNDP Corporate statements as well as Anambra State Government overall goals.

Mrs Veronica Obiuwevbi, a UN Volunteer said that the UN Volunteer System was a platform that enabled government and individuals to chart career paths for young people, given the rate of unemployment in the country.

She noted that Anambra was being considered because of its outstanding relationship with the UN over the years.

``It is also because Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration has proved in many ways its commitment toward developing the skills of its youths.

``We, therefore, have no doubt that the state will do very well if it keys in.’’

While reviewing the UNDP template used to draft the Project Document, Mr Odele agreed with the Programme Manager in the State Mrs Nneka Onwudiwe that loopholes identified would be improved upon at stakeholders meeting scheduled to take place in Awka. (MOI)