EKSG committed to promoting well-being of citizens – Speaker Afuye

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The Ekiti Government says it is committed to creating an enabling
environment for intervention of donor agencies towards improving the
well-being of the people of the state.
The Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi
Afuye, stated this in Ibadan at the opening of a three-day training
workshop for members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly and some
members of the State Executive Council.
The workshop was organized by the UNDP in collaboration with Ekiti
State Government on implementation of the conflict sensitive approach
to development programme, budget formulation, monitoring and
reporting.
He said that the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi subscribed to the
UNDP programme to boost socio-economic activities and improve the lot
of the people in the state.
Lauding the intervention programmes attracted by the Fayemi led
administration to the State, Afuye noted that UNDP in particular, has
been a friend indeed to Ekiti and had intervened in different areas,
which has undeniably made the organization a huge supporting partner
to the state.
He listed the intervention programmes of UNDP in the State to include
a 6-day capacity building training on Early Warning and Early Response
to Conflict Prevention for Security Personnel in the State, skill
acquisition programme in areas of choice of beneficiaries and
assessment of victims of violent conflict, adding that these
programmes have immensely contributed to the efforts of Government at
maintaining peace and rapidly developing the State.
“You will agree with me that for any meaningful development to occur
in any society, efforts must be intensified towards prevention of
crisis and resolution of conflicts of any nature in such society.
“Business thrives only in societies where peace avails. Nigeria in
recent times is faced with a lot of crises resulting in insecurity
thereby being a clog in the wheel of the country’s development.
“Hence, this sensitization workshop involving the critical
stakeholders and civil society groups in Ekiti State on implementation
of conflict sensitive approach to development programming, budget
formulation, monitoring and reporting is a relevant and timely
intervention which will give a strategic direction to the state
development”.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in the State, Hon
Femi Ajayi, lauded UNDP for initiating the programme which he said
would help in conflict prevention and inter-agency cooperation in the
State.
Ajayi said that the UNDP has also began a conflict prevention and
peace building programme to help build a society free of conflicts and
chaos through strengthening national capacity for prevention.
He said that the UNDP did this by building the skills of stakeholders
in programme development, budget processes, monitoring and reporting
for all-inclusiveness and closer collaboration between them with a
view to facilitating immediate response to conflicts to give room for
rapid development in the society.
He therefore described the workshop as relevant and timely especially
at a time that insecurity was a major challenge bedeviling the nation.
“Conflict is nothing but a major distraction in any society which
prevents the achievement of meaningful development; if at all any
could be achieved. UNDP in this regard could therefore be best
described as a right step towards a right direction.
“UNDP had been a friend of Ekiti and had intervened in different areas
which had made the organization indeed a huge supporting partner to
the state.
“We are today witnessing another project which is expected to address
and focus on implementing the activities that will deepen the culture
of conflict prevention and peace building through peace infrastructure
in Ekiti State.
“This will include supporting the government to formulate a legal
framework for the establishment of peace infrastructure and putting in
place mechanisms to support a violent free society by strengthening
the capacity of the lawmakers, key stakeholders and Civil Society
Organization (CSOs) operating in the state on conflict sensitive
approach to conflict prevention”.
The UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Mr Lealem Dinku represented
by Mr Mathew Alao, Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security Unit,
UNDP Nigeria, said that the workshop was aimed at capacity building on
conflict resolution among the stakeholders.
He stressed on the imperative of peace, justice and strong
institutions to the collective wellbeing and advancement of the
country’s development in line with the SDG 16 of the UN.
“As you are aware, SDG 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive
societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for
all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all
level
“One major way to promote sustainable development, build community
cohesion, build/strengthen citizens’ trust and confidence in
government, enhance inclusive governance, and guarantee local
ownership of development programme/projects and protection is through
constructive engagement with all stakeholders particularly the project
beneficiaries and communities in all government’s programme that
impact them”.
Mr. Dinku said that to achieve the SDG 16 required some level of
investment that build and strengthen capacities of government
institutions and functionaries, as well as citizens for enduring
peace, justice and strong institutions and imbuing them with the right
attitude to development programming and budgeting for maximum results.
He expressed the hope that the training would help achieve the primary
essence of development programmes, which among others is to enhance
human lives, to improve human dignity and wellbeing; and to promote
peace, justice and strong institutions with capacity for engagement
and improved service delivery.

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