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Beneficiaries of EU, World Bank projects in Delta applaud intervention

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Beneficiaries of European Union (EU) and World Bank-assisted projects, under the supervision of Delta State Employment and Expenditure For Results, SEEFOR at different locations in the state yesterday commended the interventions in their communities.

The impact assessment, led by National Project Coordinating Unit (NPCU) Communication Officer, Thomas Ochepa, disclosed this during projects inspection tour in Aniocha North, Ika South, Ika North East and Oshimili South council areas, comprising market stalls, cassava processing facilities, equipment in technical college, health centres and roads.

Also, Communication Officer of the state projects coordinating unit, Stephen Ekuerhare, told The Guardian that the essence of the tour of selected projects was to get the views of direct beneficiaries in the state.

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At Anikpekwu Igbodo Market where garri shades were built, assisted by EU, World Bank, SEEFOR and Community Driven Development Social Implementation Unit (CDDSIU), the woman leader, Mrs. Mabel Ogboh, said, “The construction of the shade came as a huge relief to our women as we no longer well under the sun, and loss of goods when it rains.

“But now, we are making more money, as we have a place to leave our unsold garri, without fear of losing them.

“It has also helped in attracting more people from far and near to the market, which has resulted in increased sales for us. So is the cassava mill that has saved us from traveling long distances to process our garri.

“Especially, the water they provided, which has stopped us from spending almost a whole day at the river to wash our cassava before traveling to where we process them.

The benefits are numerous, but we only plead that they add the equipment, so we can have a one-stop mill,” she said.

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