The Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises-Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) Project in Umuahia, Abia state on Friday held a technical training with the Desk Officers of the project.
According to the State Project Coordinator (SPC) Dr Uchenna Rowland Onyeizu, the event was a step down training for Local Government Desk Officers.
In his exact words: “The training is for Desk Officers at the Local Government Level. In our project, the Desk officers are mainly our eyes at the Local Government Levels and in the community level. They are engaged in different local government where we are intervening.They monitor and evaluate their project at the incubation centres and the communities”.
Dr Onyeizu also said the training was mandatory because the project is designed in way to have monthly report on what is happening at the community level and various incubation centre.
“We are looking at what the incubatees are doing, it is more of a supportive supervision to do what they need to do so that all of us will achieve a collective objective or goal. We saw the need for the Desk officers to understand and appreciate the template because it is customized.” Dr Onyeizu added.
The state project monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Ogbonna Azubuiike who is the resource person for the training also added that the training is very vital due to the fact that the incubatees for the project have been empowered, thus it becomes a very critical stage of the project.
In his words: “we have entered a critical stage in the life of the project, we have come out with data collection tools. These tools will ensure that the incubatees keeps proper records. It also means that it is not enough to just give out money to the incubatees but we want to ensure that they account for the money given to them. With this system, we will be able to know if it will be profitable or not.”
Nwichi Chikezie, the Desk Officer, Isialangwa North LGA spoke to candidreporters.com on his knowledge about the training so far.
Chikezie said they were on ground to get appraisals on monitoring and evaluation tools of the project which has been sent to the incubatees at the incubation centres.
“We are here to get technically knowledge on data record. We are to look at how the incubatees report their data and also know how to report to LIFE-ND on the data collated.
“We have been visiting the incubation centres to access how the incubatees have been gathering and recording their data which will aid our report to Abia LIFE-ND for adequate record.” Chikezie added.
Mrs Ochulor Amarachi Joy, the Desk Officer for Aba South local government area also added that she is on ground to improve her knowledge on how to guide the incubatees .
“I have improved my knowledge on how to fill our data template and also guide the incubatees at their various incubation centres.” Ochulor said.
The LIFE-ND Project is being funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD). The project is ongoing in the nine Niger-Delta States.
Also involved in the project are the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, The Federal Ministry of Finance, budget and National Planning, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the United Nations.