Cross River state government breaks new grounds as the United Nations in Calabar recently rates state as highest rural-urban interventions which cut across peace keeping, supply of basic amenities to health facilities, communities and rural interventions as well as adherence to due diligence for institutional supports of UN to the State’s industrialization drive of Governor Ben Ayade-led administration which are yielding positive results across the state, further described as standalone achievements that puts the State in a better pedestal in Nigeria’s community of states.
The UN Resident Coordinator (RC), Edward Kallon, represented by Mrs. Ayodeji Olugbemi, UN Headquarters, Nigeria, described Cross River as a high impact State in the UN Delivery as One (DaO) Program, commended the State for its stellar performance in organs for Development.
The UN Chief said, this synergy has spiraled into series of achievements during the assessments of the Mid-Year Review of the projects which were held at Transcorp Hotels, Calabar.
Earlier, whilst commending the UN for its support in various intervention projects across the State, Dr. Inyang Asibong, workaholic Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Cross River state, whose Ministry coordinates the UN intervention programs in the State, applauded the strong political will of Gov. Ben Ayade and listed some of his projects in different sectors to include; the upgrade of one midwifery school into a state-of-the-art midwifery pre-service training; supply of essential commodities to the “Youth-Friendly Center” at the General Hospital, Calabar; and provision of life-saving essential medicines in over a 100 health facilities across the State to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
Others are bridging gender disparity gap and public sensitization on issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV); provision of basic social services to youths across the State through the Youth Center; and Implementation of the PEWASH Baseline Survey of Water Sanitation and Hygiene across the 18 LGAs, to mention a few.
Present at the event were Dr. Omalaso Omosehin, Lead UN Delivery as One Agency for CRS, Mrs Ayodeji Olugbemi, Rep, Resident Coordinator’s Office; Maureen Zubie Okolo, Rep, UNICEF.
Others are Ijie Ben, Rep, UNHCR, Bashiron Jahumpa, Rep, UNOWAS, Dr. Osuji Otu, Rep, UNIDO, Dr Chisom Emeka, State Coordinator, WHO.