The Benue State government on Friday signed $8.5m work plan with the United Nations Development Assisted Framework (UNDAF).
Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Steven Lawani, said the signing of the 2014-2017 annual work plan document signifies commencement of the third phase project in the state.
He expressed satisfaction with the United Nation agency’s intervention in the state’s deve-lopment strategies over the years and assured of government’s commitment to the partnership.
Lawani noted that the partner-ship has benefitted the state in areas of water supply, environmental sanitation, child survival, one stop shop for HIV/AIDs patients among others.
Earlier, the Resident Coordi-nator, UNDAF III, Daouda Toure, said the partnership between his organisation and the Benue government was in line with the latter’s administration’s vision embedded in, “Our Benue, Our future.”
He applauded the state for being part of ten states in the country where the United Nation’s delivery has worked well in provision of water supply, sustainable health services and education.
Toure added that the United Nations would contribute over $6 million as its counterpart funding for the programme, just as the state would begin to witness more of UN personnel presence following the renewed agreement.