UNFPA Commends Cross River On MDGs Target

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Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke presenting a souvenir  to  UNFPA Country Representative, Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, when she led a delegation of the agency on a visit to Government House, Calabar
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke presenting a souvenir to UNFPA Country Representative, Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, when she led a delegation of the agency on a visit to Government House, Calabar

The United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNPFA) has commended Cross River State Government for its partnership to create the enabling environment which has contributed immensely to the development of its citizenry.

The UNFPA Country Representative, Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, who made the commendation while on a courtesy visit to Governor Liyel Imoke in Calabar, declared the state as a model which should be emulated not only in Nigeria but throughout Africa.

She said the state has built existing structure through the support of the Agency, noting that it would continue to work with it to ensure that more remarkable feats were achieved.

According to her, “I commend the state on the various programs which it has initiated with the support of the Agency and for creating an enabling environment to succeed thereby encouraging the development partners to do more.”

“Cross River is a model in the whole country and Africa,” she rated, stressing that, “there are leaders who would not look into tomorrow but here, the state projects into the future for its yet unborn and I can assure you that we will put all we can to achieve a fruitful result.”

“You are organized, focused and coordinated and you need to strengthen already available programs as a model and in spite of your complexity and diversity, I commend your effort to meet MDGs target,” she said.

She assured the state of the Agency’s continued support to ensure it gets positive result in the interest of Cross Riverians.

Responding, Governor Imoke explained that the state believes strongly in partnering the different agencies of the United Nations, as according to him, he saw them as great contributors to its developments.

Imoke disclosed that the state was focused on ensuring that those that needed government most were served because they do not have access and that it could only do it with the support and cooperation of the agencies.

He said there was need to strengthen the partnership as well as create opportunities for development.

The governor commended the agency’s contribution and promised to work on its counterpart funding to sustain its effort. He said over the years, there has been a stronger synergy and cooperation which has created impact on the citizenry.

On the sustainability of projects, he disclosed that the state had put in place a long term plan to ensure that government would continue the projects immediately the agencies handed them over to it.

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