EU/FG to Expend 71 million Euro on Micro-Project in Niger Delta

The Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr Shamsudeen Usman has disclosed that more than 71.5 million Euros would be spent on Micro-Project Programme (MPP9) in the Niger Delta region.

He said the programme financing agreement was signed in 2008 under an intervention scheme. The “The EU is to provide 45.5 million Euros, while communities, local councils and the state governments to benefit from the projects would contribute 26 million Euros,” he said.

The projects to be executed in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers.

Usman said that the programmes would help to promote gender equality and participation in local governance and development.

He said that the European Commission had since 2002 supported Micro-Project Programmes in the Niger Delta through the MPP3 and 6.

“The success recorded by the two levels, which have successfully provided some 2,000 communities with socially and economically relevant projects, informed the formulation of the MPP9,” he said.

Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko while flagging off the Rural Infrastructure Micro Project, funded by the European Union and the Federal Government, for nine states in the Niger Delta region, said that the state government had put in place institutional framework for the sustainability of the programme.

The governor said the government had executed more than 300 community based projects worth N3 billion across the state.

“We have disbursed N73 million to communities while another N129 million would soon be disbursed to about 30 communities that met the criteria for the fund,’’ Mimiko said.

The Head of EU Delegation in Nigeria, Amb David MacRae, said that 60 micro projects would be provided in Ondo under the programme. According to him, the EU will provide N300 million, while local governments and the benefiting communities will inject the balance of N300 million under the programme which will cost N600 million

MacRae said 12 health posts, 12 school blocks, seven open and lock-up market stalls, 13 solar powered water supply schemes, four cassava and palm oil mills and 12 civic centres would be provided in various communities in the state. He expressed delight that the existing structure in the state, where communities were involved in the conception and execution of projects, was in line with the MPP9 concept.

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