By Kenneth Obieh

The official of the World Bank and Federal CARES Support Unit have declared Delta CARES programme to be outstanding in impacting on numerous beneficiaries across the state.

The team, lead from the Federal CARES Support Unit, a Senior Environmental Safeguard Specialists, Mr Edebeatu Chetachi, disclosed this during their debriefing at the end of the two days Pre Mid Term Review visit to the state.

Mr. Edebeatu disclosed that the personnel in-charged of the various delivery platforms in the state were very much experienced in effectively implementing the programme in the state according to the designs of the World Bank for the overall interest of bringing succour to the less privileged in the society.

The World Bank official revealed that the outstanding performance of the state in the implementation CARES programme should prompt the State government to release more funds to consolidate on the program’s gains so as to reachout out to more numbers of poor and vulnerable Deltans.

The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Chairman of the State CARES Steering Committee, Mr. Sonny Ekedayen, appreciated project staff for their professionalism, effectiveness and efficiency which earned the State accolades from the program’s implementors.

He said, ” first, I will like to thank you all for sacrificing your weekends. I know what this mean for a typical civil servant . I must say that is not taken for granted and it is noticed. It shows the level of commitment that was put into this. If we are going to care for the vulnerable in our midst, we must make sacrifices at the expense of our convenience…”

While urging them to continue along that line of rendering quality service to the state, Mr Ekedayen promised that Governor Oborevwori would continue to provide the needed resources at the appropriate time to meet the needs of the underprivileged in the communities so as to ensure sustainability of the CARES initiative.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Perez Omoun, alongside Commissioner for Humanitarian Support Services and the Girl Child Enterprenuership, Hon. Orode Uduaghan, reiterated the willingness of the new administration to reduce poverty to a reasonable minimum level even as encouraged the project staff to continue to put in their best for the good of the state.

The Secretary of the State CARES Steering Committee and Delta CARES Coordinator, Lady (Dr.) Patience Ogbewe, while thanking the team for a thorough assessment also reassured them that the delivery platforms will always on the fields to bring the benefits of the CARES Program to the target beneficiaries.