ABOUT RIVERS STATE SEEFOR
The State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) Project became effective in Nigeria on July 31, 2013 when the Federal Government represented by the Minister for Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, signed the financing agreement with the World Bank. It laid the foundation for the implementing States, namely: Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers to sign the subsidiary agreement with the Federal Government.
The project is financed with credit from the International Development Association (IDA), grant from the European Union (EU) and counterpart fund from participating States.
SEEFOR Project Objectives:
The objectives of the Project is to enhance opportunities for employment and access to socio-economic services whilst improving the public expenditure management systems in the participating states.
It has three main components;
A: Youth employment and access to socio-economic services,
B: Public Financial Management (PFM) Reforms and
C: Project implementation Support and coordination at both Federal and States levels.
The component A is further divided into sub-components. Under component A1: the project seeks to enhance youth employment opportunities through small public works. A2: Provision of grants to Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT) Institutions and A3: provision of grants for Community Driven Development (CDD) initiatives. Component B seeks to build a viable Public Financial Management system in participating States.
Since commencement in the State, the Project has touched several People in different ways:
Under component A1 the Project has employed about 895 youths across various LGAs through the Rivers State Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Agency while about 1,500 people will be engaged in the next few weeks in waste management through the Rivers State Waste Management Agency.
The Project has disbursed N24m each to six selected Technical, Vocational and Agricultural Training (TVAT) Institutions in the State, to improve teaching and learning facilities in the institutions in order to ensure that graduates are adequately equipped with relevant skills for employment at the end of their training.
Institutions that received the disbursement include; Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt, Government Technical College (GTC) Port Harcourt, GTC Tombia, GTC Ahoada, GTC Ele-Ogu, and School- to- Land Authority.
The Community Driven Development (CDD) sub-component is further divided into two; CDD Economic which is being implemented by FADAMA III and CDD Social which is being implemented by a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and supervised by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Community Affairs (MCCA).
The dividends of these sub-components have impacted largely in the lives of rural dwellers through the provision of grants to support their Community Social and Economic activities.
The Project has also witnessed progress in Component B; Public Financial Management (PFM) Reforms. Lots of activities have been carried out on the new charts of accounts, budget classification and other best practices in budgeting and financial management as well as review and modernize the accounting and financial reporting system in the State.
Rivers SEEFOR Project under the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning is working tirelessly to ensure that the objectives are achieved in the State.