World Bank, EU, collaborate with Delta govt. on SEEFOR project

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By Mercy Obojeghren
Asaba, Sept. 22, 2020 The World Bank, the European Union (EU) in collaboration with the Delta Government on Tuesday trained some beneficiaries of the State Employment and Employment For Result (SEEFOR) project.

The state Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr Barry Gbe, who was represented by his Special Adviser, Dr Alex Ighoro, declared the training open in Asaba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training is geared towards money management and entrepreneurship for the beneficiaries of the project.

It is also aimed at preparing the beneficiaries for the next phase of their lives after being engaged by SEEFOR for 12 months.

Gbe advised the beneficiaries not to look at the size of the start – off grant but they should look at the principles of money management they were trained to apply in managing their businesses.

”So, it is not the amount of money given to you that matters, but the attitude you bring to bear in managing that money,” he said.

Gbe urged the beneficiaries to make use of the training in planning the next phase of their lives.

The State coordinator of SEEFOR, Mr Frank Apokwu, said that the training was part of the closing formality of the six batches of the public works section of the project.

Apokwu said that the public works, which commenced in 2019, had 13 contract ‘LOTS’ across cities and communities in the state out of which three were located within Asaba.

The coordinator said that sweeping of roads, construction of concrete pavements, laying of interlocking concrete and desilting of drains were carried out in the various LOTS by the beneficiaries.

Apokwu, who commended the participation and commitment of beneficiaries, urged them to take the training seriously, adding that it would assist them in their engagements.

He commended the state government for providing the necessary support for the programme to thrive in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke with newsmen said the programme gave them the opportunity to have sources of livelihood.

Miss Anna Aniye said that ”apart from the monthly stipend we were paid, we were also trained in different skills where I learnt how to make liquid soap. I make as much as N15,000 monthly from the soap business” .

On his part, Mr. Friday Okoli, a father of three said, ”since I was engaged by SEEFOR in the last 12 months, I am no longer idle”.

Naija247news reports that a total of 19 supervisors and 215 road managers attended the training.

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