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EU: MPP9 to be launched today in Rivers state

A team of European Commission (EC) and Federal Government officials will visit Rivers State on today  to discuss the implementation of a new Micro Projects Programme in nine states of the Niger Delta region (MPP9).

The EC and government officials will hold talks with the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amechi, and other officials on various issues regarding the micro projects programme and to launch the programme to the general public.

Specifically, the officials will also use the opportunity discuss, among other things, a Memorandum of Understanding with state on the implementation modalities with Local Government Areas (LGAs).

The micro projects programme, funded by the European Union (EU), is worth €45.5 Million (about N9.2 Billion).The objective of the programme is to accelerate social and economic development and to assist in resolving the conflicts in the Niger Delta region.

The programme will focus on supporting the reform processes of government to ensure a transparent and accountable poverty reduction process and thus enhancing effective and efficient service delivery to the citizenry at the grassroots.

The State Launch workshop will create an opportunity for stakeholders to be fully clarified about their roles in Project planning and financing.

At the beginning of the launch the Governor would among other things sign the MOU before the technical session of the launch kicks off.