Oyo partners UN on socio-economic development



As part of its commitment to make Oyo State a cynosure of all eyes, the state government has partnered the United Nations under the aegis of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the implementation of the 162 activities valued at about #3milion Dollars for the continued socio-economic development of the state.

While signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Governor’s Office on Tuesday, Governor Abiola Ajimobi observed that it was gratifying to note that the state was one of the states selected by the United Nations to benefit from the framework for the period of 2014 to 2017 which according to him, was designed to strengthen the capacities of the state government for sustainable socio-economic development.

He noted that their collective support to his administration would greatly contribute to the realization of his tripod of development of the state, which included restoration, transformation and repositioning.

The governor maintained that his administration could not do it alone, hence the need for collaboration with the development partners, external funding agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other notable organizations in the task of making life more comfortable for the citizenry.

Ajimobi recalled that his administration in the last four years has embarked on extensive infrastructural development to make major cities and towns in the state to be physically functional and to lay a solid foundation for continued socio-economic development of the state.

He, however, assured the visiting partners of his administration’s commitment to provide all resources required to sustain the dynamic relationship, while soliciting the support of the UN for more support from their various agencies, especially in the area of consulting in respect of some proposed programmes which have not received approved counterpart funding by the relevant UN agencies.

The governor, then stressed that the signing of the 2015 Annual Work Plan would mark the beginning of a sustained and beneficial cooperation between the his government and the UN.

In his remark, the resident/humanitarian coordinator of the MoU, Mr. Daouda Toure said the United Nations was expected to make a financial contribution of about 1.7 million Dollars while the state government is also expected to make available about 1.3 million dollars for the successful implantation of the work plan.

He said the arrangement would give the state government an opportunity to receive support from all UN agencies and for the UN to offer relevant and effective response to the state needs and priorities.

Earlier in his address of welcome, the state’s Head of Service, Mr Adesoji Eniade explained that the work plan of the signed agreement is focused on good governance, social capital development, sustainable economic growth, and human security and risk management

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