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Consolidating On The Gains Of Amnesty: SEEFOR Projects Trains 6,134 Youths In Various Vocational Skills With 712 Cooperatives Benefiting Through FADAMA Across 49 Communities In Rivers State. 

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SEEFOR is the acronym for State Employment and Expenditure for Results Project. This multifaceted Project was born out of the need to consolidate the gains from the amnesty programme of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region. It is implemented in four States: Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers.

The Project is financed with credit from World Bank, grant from European Union and counterpart fund from State Government, became effective on July 31, 2013. In Rivers State the Project is supervised by Rivers State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

Five local government area in Rivers State namely Obio/Akpor, Port Harcourt city, Eleme, Ikwerre and Akuku-Toru benefited from a world bank assisted SEEFOR project with intervention from Rivers state government.

The National Project Coordinator for SEEFOR Dr Greg Onu while addressing newsmen after a tour of the projects site said the world bank funded the project in partnership with European union with interest free loans to enhance youth employment and access to socio-economic services while improving public expenditure management systems in the participating states. ‘’Project Development Objective (PDO): to enhance opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services whilst improving the public financial management systems in the participating States ‘’

For his part the state coordinator for SEEFOR projects Kelcious Amos said some of the interventionist projects were designed to improve and modernize public financial management reforms, resources to achieve value for money as the projects are done within the envelop earmarked for each community,

He said the project has 3 major components namely: Component A: Youth employment and access to socio-economic services.

‘’Component A1: Public Works – was created to complement the effort of the State government in providing job opportunities for youths through small competitive public work projects in Road Maintenance and Waste Management. So far, SEEFOR has made 497 interventions in public works and engaged 21,770 youths across the State. In addition to the above, the youths were trained on money management and entrepreneurship skills.’’

‘’Component B:  are Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT) This sub-component is designed to adequately match teaching with learning through improving facilities in Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training Institutions using their School Improvement Plans (SIP). The SEEFOR Boss said Institutions that have benefited include: Government Technical College (GTC) Port Harcourt, GTC Ele-Ogu, GTC Ahoada, GTC Tombia, Government Craft Development Centre Port Harcourt, School-Land-Authority, Women Development Centre Taabaa, Port Harcourt Polytechnic and Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic. Some graduates from these institutions have also received starter-packs from the Project.

Mr. Kelcious said It has also worked in partnership with some non-state actors to train youths in various Skills and a total number of 6,134 youths have been trained under this sub-component. Community Driven Development-Social (CDD-S) ‘’This is designed to provide access to social infrastructure in rural communities based on need assessment and project selection by benefiting community. CDD-Social is implemented by a Project Implementation Unit (PIU), supervised by the Rivers State Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs (MCCA).’’

COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT-ECONOMIC (CDD-E) The objective of this sub-component is to provide grant for the implementation of agricultural micro project in rural communities thereby increasing their income base. FADAMA III is implementing this sub-component. So far, 712 cooperatives have benefited from this sub-component across 49 communities.

Component B: PUBLIC FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS (PFM): Component B is designed to support and deepen the on-going financial management reform efforts of the State Government to ensure judicious utilization of public funds. It is to improve and modernise the PFM systems, practices, processes and institutions with the aim of improving efficiency and effectiveness in managing public resources to achieve value for money.

The PFM Component is further divided into seven (7) sub-components:  Budget Reform, Audit Reform, Review of PFM Legislation/Regulation, Accounting Expenditure Control and Financial Reporting, Public Procurement Reform and State Integrated Financial Management and Information System (SIFMIS).

  • Mr Kelcious AMOS gave some of PFM achievement as:
  • Draft Bills for the PFM Legislation and Audit sent to the RSHoA
  • Fiscal strategy paper and budget manual developed
  • Socio-Economic survey of the State completed
  • 10-year State Development Plan (2017 – 2027) completed
  • Procured ICT Equipment to the Min. of Budget & Economic Planning
  • IPSAS based chart of account developed
  • Production of IPSAS based Annual budget since 2015
  • Procedure Manual for financial reporting developed
  • IPSAS cash based financial Report produced since 2017
  • Capacity building in and outside the country across all sub-component of the PFM Reform
  • SIFMIS infrastructure all in place
  • Training of 300 SIFMIS End-Users in basic ICT skills completed
  • Standard bidding document developed
  • Public Asset register developed
  • Development of document management system completed
  • Establishment of procurement Data Base for BoPP completed
  • Rivers State BoPP website upgrade completed

Our Correspondent reports that the projects which is supervised by ministry of Chieftaincy and community Affairs has intervened in 47 communities, implemented 94 micro projects with 712 cooperative benefiting through FADAMA in Rivers state

 

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