Some students of Technical College, Ofagbe, in Isoko north local government area and riverine communities in Burutu local government areas of Delta State have lauded the impact of Employment and Expenditure For Results (SEEFOR) projects in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that SEEFOR project is sponsored by the World Bank and European Union, in collaboration with the Delta State Government.
The beneficiaries gave the commendation at the end of a tour of some of the projects executed by SEEFOR in the areas.
The students, who spoke at the Ofagbe Vocational Centre in Isoko north, said projects executed by SEEFOR via the donor agencies had transformed the Technical and Vocational colleges and also created jobs for the youth.
A student of the Technical College, Ofagbe, Mr Okiroro Johnson, noted thatthe intervention of SEEFOR through the provision of adequate learning facilities and conducive environment had made learning of various skills at the institution easy.
Mr Okeoghene Goodluck of the Mechanical Department, said, “with the intervention of SEEFOR, we have learnt so much within the shortest possible time.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Innocent Etugbo, said he got a starter pack from SEEFOR which enabled him to set up a welding and fabrication shop, adding that he had become an employer of labour.
Also speaking, the Administrator of the Ozoro Vocational Centre, Mr. Augustine Asiawhe, said that SEEFOR did a lot in the centre, which was established in 2010 and got a face-lift in 2014 by SEEFOR.
Asiawhe, while commending the World Bank, EU and the state government for the interventionist programme, appealed for more support, especially in the area of access road to enable the institution grow.
The duo of Mr Julius Arenerian of Unenurhie and Mr David Okoro of Oviri-Olomu, said their communities chose certain projects, which were executed with the donor agencies contributing 90 percent of the cost, while the benefiting communities raised the balance 10 percent.
Mr Akpuru Solomon who supervised the construction of Concrete Pavement in Torugbene in Burutu LGA, said the project had created job for him and gave him the opportunity of learning various skills as well as training other people in his community.
The Secretary, Tomara Ogbo Cassava Processing group, Ezebiri, in Bomadi local government area, Mr. Abdul Ojoboye, said since SEEFOR donated a cassava processing equipment to the group, farmers had been able to plant and process cassava with ease and get lots of returns on investment.
NAN reports that the completed project sites visited include the science laboratory and examination hall at Unenurhie Secondary School; multi-purpose hall and open market stalls at Oviri-Olomu.
Others are the multi-purpose hall and renovated staff quarters and corpers’ lodge at Aragba-Orogun; the renovated multi-purpose hall and borehole at Igbuku and others.