By: Grace Ushornye.
The Cross River State Government has received a high-level delegation of Borno State Government officials, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the UNFPA Country Office who are on a 4-day study tour to the State in recognition of her many giant strides in donor cooperation and implementation.
According to the Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr Inyang Asibong, the study tour is following the rain of accolades that has become second nature to the state government from the delivery and implementation of donor-supported interventions across the State.
Meanwhile, the Borno State Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, Mr Bukar Ali Malgwi, who led the delegation opined during the courtesy call on the Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, that the objectives of the study tour is to get firsthand knowledge of how Cross River State is breaking grounds in gender-based interventions; promote cross fertilization of ideas through peer learning approach; use the lessons learned to improve on Borno State’s donor cooperation approach; and promote national cohesion and developmental cooperation and healthy competition across regions of the country.
The delegation also includes the representatives from the Borno State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Reconstruction respectively. Others are representative of KOICA Country Office; Matthew Onoja, M&E Specialist and representative of the UNFPA Country Office; Dr Midala Usman Balami, representative of the UNFPA Borno State Office; representative of the Office of the Wife of the Governor; the representative of the Borno State Director of Medical Services; and representative of the Borno State Director of Public Health.