Aims to fast-track the attainment of Millennium Development Goals

The Delta State Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office is set to commence an inspection tour of 100 MDG projects in the state before the end of May.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 3rd batch workshop on Based Costing and Needs Assessment for Local Government officers, the Commissioner for Special Projects (MDGs), Victoria Ikenchukwu, said the projects which cover health, agriculture, education,water and sanitation are located in the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.  

She called on participants in the workshop to co-operate with the contractors handling the projects in their areas, urging them to be fully involved in the training and remain focused because 23 of them will be part of the inspection team.  

“You must also ensure that these projects are built to specification,”Ikenchukwu said.

According to her, data from the exercise will help to accelerate progress of work toward achieving the MDGs, justify and facilitate the disbursement of grants to the Local Governments and “it will also help in effective monitoring and evaluation of the Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) seconding track initiative”.

Since the commencement of the CGS in Nigeria, a total of 113 pilot Local Government Councils have participated in the scheme, including three Local Government Councils in Delta. 

Ikenchukwu said that the MDGs-CGS to LGAs councils was a bold initiative by the Federal Government to empower Local Government Councils.

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