The governor solicited more commitment from communities to ensure sustainable development.
The governor, represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, solicited more commitment from communities to ensure sustainable development.
The governor said that the projects were executed via counterpart funding from the state government, international partners and the community.
According to him, the government is partnering with the UN, World Bank and other development partners to assist with resources through counterpart funding.
“What we have witnessed today is a replication of what is happening across the state.
“For us to continue to attract development, every community in the state must be organised and have a Community Development Association.
“They must have a community development account where resources can be pooled to support developmental projects such as that of World Bank, EU and other developmental agencies.
“This is so because when communities contribute in project execution, they will own the protect and as such protect it,” he said.
In his remark, the Head of Administration, Akoko-Edo Local Government, Dr Sunday Iyerumoh, said the projects were laudable and showed the benefit of public private partnership.
Iyerumoh said that some individuals paid counterpart fund on behalf of their communities.
“We know that the government alone cannot provide all the needs of its people.
“We are seeing the dividend of cooperation and I am using this opportunity to solicit the support of groups, philanthropists and well spirited individuals to support the government in its developmental strides,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the SEEFOR project is funded by the World Bank and European Union, expected to run for five year period in Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers.
NAN also reports that that the projects inaugurated were a renovated block of six classrooms at Comprehensive High School, Igarra; a block of three classrooms at Opuze Primary school, and a 550-metre long asphalted Ashipa Street with drainages.
Others were a 300 KVA transformer at Ogogoro Road, a rehabilitated 2.4 km Momodu Ajayi Road and street signs installed at Igarra.