By Our Correspondent
In a bid to strengthen the capacity of the Department of International Donor Cooperation towards effective implementation of development projects in the state, the Speaker of the Cross River House of Assembly Hon John Gaul Lebo yesterday engaged the DIDC.
The Speaker who maintained that engaging the Department became necessary to enable both institutions explore better strategies that would help position the department for better delivery, said that the aim was to make the department and state more attractive to development partners through a progressing model.
He stressed the need for the House to interface with development partners with a view to having them buy into budget process while fine tuning modalities for further funding to the State.
Speaking, the Director, DIDC Mr. Mike Mgbekem observed that the department was poised to partner the House towards achieving its mandate, assuring that the DIDC would embrace any innovation aimed at making the department more attractive and efficient.
He pointed out that donor funds domiciled in the state must be utilised within schedule time on projects tied to it, warning that non-utilization of funds for projects within stipulated period was abhorred by development partners who may avert future funding to the state.
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