In an effort to achieve Governor Ben Ayade’s vision to create a State that adopts private sector values in delivering high-quality public services, the Cross River State Government is to partner with TL First Group in building capacity and transforming its rural communities.
The Deputy Governor of the State, Professor Evara Esu, during a meeting with the Commissioner of Rural Transformation, Mr. Sunday Ikwen Archunekang, and the GMD of TL First Group, Dr. Olu Olasode, in Calabar, reaffirmed the Governor’s commitment to build a greater Cross River State.
Professor Esu welcomed the idea for Cross River to partner TL First in developing human capacity across its public and civil services. With regards to rural transformation, he confirmed that needs assessment visit will now begin across the different rural communities to identify intervention programmes that will be required to stimulate rural economic development.
Feasibility reports on required areas of possible intervention will be provided and made available to potential donors and partners with the view to obtaining donor support into the programmes. In this regards, the Deputy Governor noted the mandate of Cross River State department of international donor in engaging with potential donors that will provide support to the interventions and rural transformation programmes.
In addition, the State is currently carrying out training needs analysis across its ministries, departments and parastatals with the support of TL First. It is also prioritising key capacity building activities and programmes for the current year. These will provide modern tools for effective governance of public services, budgetary control, programme management, records management, and embedding a performance culture across the public service.
The Deputy Governor, further, suggested other programme areas in Cross River State such as commercial agriculture, job creation, alternative energy, education and Social Housing, could be considered as part of the partnership.