(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The State Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) has unveiled 67.357 km freshly constructed access roads in 30 rural communities in Edo State and empowered approximately 8,424 youths in Edo North and Central Senatorial Districts.
Government Science and Technical School, Igarra, Edo North, and Government Science and Technical School, Irrua in Edo Central, were lucky beneficiaries of SEEFOR’s development drives as they were both renovated and equipped by the intervention agency in collaboration with World Bank and European Union.
A beneficiary of the micro credit scheme, a poultry farmer and head, Afemai Corporative, Sunny Imoudu, recounted how SEEFOR came to his rescue through the provision of funds with which he started a poultry business with the procurement of 300 birds, after job-hunting for several years, following his graduation from the university, adding that the business had empowered about ten more graduates.
According to the Edo State Co-ordinator of SEEFOR Mr. Toju Onaiwu, SEEFOR has empowered 32 graduates in the Central Senatorial district and 41 graduates in North Senatorial district, adding that 53 micro-projects such as the renovation of a Town Hall, open market, primary healthcare centre, electrification, ICT centre were completed in Edo North, while 19 micro-projects similar to that of Edo north were executed in Edo Central.
SEEFOR is a collaborative development initiative involving the World Bank, European Union, and the State Government as partners providing funding meant to increase opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services.
Impact: SEEFOR’s road projects in the 30 rural communities in Edo State, the renovation of dilapidated school structures, and provision of micro credits for business startups, are highly commendable initiatives that will no doubt drive the development goals of the country. The roads will spur profitable economic activities between the rural and urban areas, the renovation and equipping of schools will provide conducive learning environments for students, while the provision of micro credits will encourage the proliferation of Small and Medium Scale Enterprizes in the state and also complement the job creation efforts of governments at all levels.