USAID’s State2State program said it has secured a sustainable development plan for Ebony State.

The state project’s team leader, Sam Onyia, made the announcement during a one-day validation workshop on the final draft of the Ebonyi development plan in Abakaliki on Tuesday.

He said the process started in February with genuine input from key stakeholders such as traditional rulers, political leaders, civil society organisations, government officials, the private sector.

“The final draft was validated as the development plan covered key sectors of the state,” he said.

Outlining the launch of the project, Onyia said the governor formed a four-member transformation committee in April 2021 for this purpose.

“A retreat was organized for the committee in Enugu in June 2021, and one of the recommendations was to develop a national development plan,” he said.

He noted that the Governor established a 12-member committee and an 18-member technical committee in November 2021 to implement the development plan.

The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, thanked the USAID team for their efforts in developing the state’s development plan.

“USAID always works with countries when needed, and we commend that very much,” he said.

However, he pleaded for time to study the draft to ensure that what the government asked to be done was carried out.

“I have an outline of what the draft will look like, but it’s best to proceed with caution,” he said.

During the opening and technical sessions of the workshop, presentations were made by members of the Committee and other relevant stakeholders.

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