The United States Agency for International Development State2State project says it has ensured the formulation of a sustainable development plan for Ebonyi State.
The Team Lead of the project in the state, Sam Onyia, made this known in Abakaliki, on Tuesday, during a one-day Validation Workshop on the final draft of the Ebonyi Development Plan.
He said the process commenced in February with critical stakeholders such as traditional rulers, political leaders, civil society organisations, government officials, private sector among others, making veritable inputs.
“The inputs resulted in the final draft to be validated as the development plan covers key sectors of the state,” he said.
Onyia, who gave an overview of the project’s commencement, said that the state governor inaugurated a four-man transformative committee for such purpose in April 2021.
“A retreat was organised for the committe in Enugu, in June 2021 with one of its recommendations, being the formulation of a state development plan,” he said.
He noted that the governor set up a 12-member committee and an 18-member technical committee in November 2021 to achieve the development plan.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Kelechi Igwe, thanked the USAID team for its efforts towards formulating the development plan for the state.
“USAID has always partnered with the state whenever it is called upon and we commend it highly for it,” he said.
He, however, pleaded for time to study the draft in ensuring that what the government asked to be done was being delivered.
“I have a synopsis of what the draft was all about but it is always better to err on the side of caution,” he said.
Presentations were made by the committee members and other relevant stakeholders during the opening and technical sessions of the workshop.