Benue State Government is to collaborate with the United Nations Office for Project Services, UNOPS, for the development of infrastructure and procurement of agricultural and health equipment.

Governor Samuel Ortom stated this today during a presentation by UNOPS led by Dr. Mrs. Priscilla Achakpa, Partnerships Specialist and officer in charge of UNOPS in the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

The Governor said he was impressed by the presentation and directed the newly sworn in Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Cooperation, SDGs and NEPAD, Dr. Magdalyne Dura and the Head of Service as well as Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture to work out specific areas of interest for partnership.

The Governor noted that all the areas mentioned if properly explored would add value to the development of the state with minimal cost.

Dr. Priscilla Achakpa in her presentation identified Sustainable infrastructure, Sustainable procurement and Sustainable project management as areas of partnership, saying such could be done at advisory, implementation or transactional levels.

She stated that UNOPS was currently assisting in the execution of projects in Sierra Leone and Ghana in the construction of feeder roads and provision of agricultural equipment.

Dr. Achakpa noted that the UN agency works only with government and on projects that are development oriented and have direct impact on the people, saying they do not deal with private individuals.

According to her, projects executed by UNOPS are usually done at almost fifty percent subsidised rates, stressing that transparency is one of the key things for the agency.

Source: Benue State News

Author: Alexander Mezue

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