From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
To guard against abuse or diversion of International Donor Aids (IDA) to Rivers State, the state government has been enjoined to enact a law establishing a coordinating agency to regulate the administration of such donor aids.
A communiqué issued in Port Harcourt at the end of a two-day workshop on ‘the Operation of Rivers State Aid Coordination Policy Framework and IDA Agency for lawmakers and Civil Society Organizations in the state,’ noted there are abuses and lack of accountability in the utilization of international aids by various recipient organizations.
The workshop was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Office of the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on International Donor Agencies and International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights (ISSJHR).
It frowned at the duplication of projects and condemned the lack of transparency and sharp practices in the funds administration among civil society groups, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) beneficiaries.