The State Employment and Expenditure For Results (SEEFOR) Project has the potentials and opportunities for supporting the delivery of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
This was stated by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Olajide. S. Odewale onTuesday February 13, 2018 at a Stakeholders’ Validation Workshop of Studies conducted under SEEFOR.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the objective of the workshop is to harvest and share key findings, comments and suggestions from the three thematic areas. These areas include:
- impact assessment study of SEEFOR Projects;
- study of the federal capital projects in Nigeria and
- study of public investment in the Niger Delta and the development of public investment strategy for the region.
Mr. Odewale acknowledged that the areas of study are consistent with the aspirations of the ERGP which is focused on the three strategic objectives of restoring growth, investing in our people, and building a competitive economy.
Earlier in his remarks, the National Project Coordinator of SEEFOR and Director, Macroeconomic Analysis Department of the Ministry, Mr. Tunde Lawal reiterated that the SEEFOR Project Development Objective is aimed at enhancing opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services, whilst also improving the public expenditure management systems in the participating States.
He added that the draft reports of the studies have undergone some in-house reviews at the level of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, but needs all stakeholders to critically look at it and add more values.
On the duration of the SEEFOR Project, Mr. Lawal disclosed that it was designed to run for an initial period of five years, which was expected to elapse in 2017. However, due to time loss encountered during the inception phase and the delay in accessing the European Union additional grant support, the World Bank has approved an additional two-year extension up to September 2019 to make up for the time loss.
The SEEFOR Project which is being implemented in four States of Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers commenced in 2013 and had a midterm review in 2016.
Mrs. Victoria Agba-Attah