THE STATE GOVERNMENT IS SET TO RELEASE COUNTERPART FUNDS FOR UNITED NATION ACTIVITIES IN THE STATE

UNFPA Synergizes With Cross River MIDC For Effective Coordination Of The United Nations ‘Delivery As One’ Program By All Un Agencies Across The State;

The Cross River State Government has reiterated it’s commitment in ensuring a continuous support for development partners across the State. This was made known when the State Commissioner for International Development Cooperation, Dr. Inyang Asibong played host to the newly posted United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Head of Office in the State, Dr Omalaso Omosehin

Dr. Omosehin who now replaces Dr. Polycarp, the former Head of Office, maintained that the organization is still focused on ending preventable maternal deaths, unmet needs for family planning, and gender based violence and harmful practices.

Dr. Omosehin however promised to strengthen issues bordering on effective coordination of the United Nations Delivery as One, of which UNFPA is the coordinating UN Agency in CRS, for all UN Partners, while the CRS MIDC on the other hand, coordinates all UN activities of MDAs Statewide.

He concluded by commending the State through the Ministry for its excellent coordination in the area of development support and the United Nations delivery as one partnership, whilst acknowledging quality and excellent leadership of the Commissioner and her team, nothing that UNFPA has enjoyed a beautiful relationship in the State.

In her response, the Dr. Asibong welcomed and congratulated the new Head of Office, whilst lauding the efforts of UNFPA in supporting the State over the years in the areas of its mandate. She reiterated the commitments of the State in the existing partnership and noted that the Ministry is not resting on its oars by being the leading State in Development coordination.

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Dr. Asibong hinted that there’s been movements by the Ministry in engaging *His Excellency, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade*, towards securing counterpart funds to support the partnership despite the lean resources meager allocations to the State.

Dr. Asibong also maintained that the Ministry has a dedicated desk officer supporting the UNFPA program, and she expressed confidence that her team will give the needed support round the clock. She thanked the team and further reiterated that her doors will always be open for collaborations on any developmental issue.

UN Delivery as One Agencies in CRS include UNFPA, UNHCR, UNDP, UNIDO, UNICEF, UNESCO UNFAO, UN Women and WHO; with the UNFPA as the lead organisation.

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