DFID tasks directorate of SEGF on development

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Roads in the zone should cut across the borders of the five states in the zone Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, in order to achieve integration and development.

The Director-General SEGF Secretariat, Prof. Simon Ortuanya

THE Directorate of the South-East Governors’ Forum (SEGF) have been advised to seek before the governors projects, which will enhance the integration of the geo-political zone.

The Team Leader Governance and Social Development of the Department for International Development (DFID), Mr. Oliver Blake gave the advice Thursday when he led a seven-man delegation to the Secretariat of the SEGF in Enugu.

In a press statement, the Director, Media and Communication SEGF, Michael Udah noted that Blake advised further that “roads in the zone should cut across the borders of the five states in the zone – Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo – in order to achieve integration and development.”

Blake also harped on the need for the management “to collaborate with relevant ministries in the respective states, chambers of commerce, civil society organizations and gender-based bodies in pursuing its agenda.”

The DFID Team Leader noted that he was satisfied with the role so far played by the recently inaugurated SEGF Secretariat and called on the governors of the South East and other zones to take the initiative and “demonstrate commitment to developing their places” in order to ginger DFID to support them.

The Director-General SEGF Secretariat, Prof. Simon Ortuanya expressed delight at the assistance given the Forum so far by DFID under its PERL-ARC programme.

According to the Professor of Law, the Secretariat “owes its success thus far, first to the governors led by the Chairman of the Forum, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, and secondly to PERL-ARC, which not only drew the blue-print for its existence, but also has been assisting it tremendously.”

Ortuanya noted the sponsorship of the visit of the SEGF team to the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Ibadan, and the recently concluded two-day induction course for the directorate by DFID as pointers of a blossoming relationship.

He said that he also hoped that DFID will always be there for the zone as “we work towards the realization of our vision, mission, core values and strategic plan while my team remain poised to deliver on its mandate as the policy hub of the SEGF.”

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