ARRDEC Partners With NNF on State2State Project In Akwa Ibom State

ARRDEC

New Nigeria Foundation (NNF) in partnership with Antof Rural Resource Development Centre (ARRDEC) is implementing a USAID Funded State2State Project in three LGAs namely: Ibesikpo, Oron and Uyo of Akwa Ibom State. The project which commenced in January 2022 has the goal to improve internally generated revenue for Akwa Ibom state and 3 local government areas of Ibesikpo Asutan, Oron and Uyo.

The objectives of the project are to:

  1. Facilitate the establishment of a multi-stakeholder forum for improved IGR in 3 LGAs of Akwa Ibom State
  2. Stimulate dialogue, exchange of ideas and networking between the private and public sectors in 3 LGAs of Akwa Ibom for increased internally generated revenue
  3. Facilitate the development of a strategy document for raising IGR in the state and local government areas

To achieve the goal and objectives of the state2state project the activities lined up being implemented are as follows: capacity building trainings for project staff, identification, mobilization and engagement of stakeholders, advocacy visits and workshops, multi-stakeholders dialogue meetings/sessions etc.

ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT SO FAR

Training of Project Officers and other Support Staff.  

New Nigeria Foundation (NNF) in partnership with Antof Rural Resource Development Centre (ARRDEC) is implementing a USAID Funded State2State Project in three LGAs of Akwa Ibom State. As part of the key-off activities, series of trainings were held in January 2022 for Project Officers and Support Staff on project M&E and Advocacy. The aim was to build the capacities of project team for effective and efficient implementation of the project. These trainings were held between January 12th and 24th, 2022. A total of eight ARRDEC staff (4 females and 4 males) participated in the M&E training while twelve ARRDEC/NNF staff (5 females, 7 males) participated in the Advocacy training.

Introduction of S2S Grantees’ Partners to Local Government Council Executives

Hon. Dr. Usemedimo Udoh, 2nd left, the Executive Chairman of Uyo LGA, with the visiting team at the Council on February 09, 2022

The State2State (S2S) Team led by the S2S Local Government Coordinator, Dr. Iboro Nelson, visited Oron, Uyo and Ibesikpo LGAs for introduction of S2S project and partners to the Local Government chairmen. The visits happened between 01 and 09 February 2022. On the USAID funded State2state project, New Nigeria FoundationNew Nigeria Foundation (NNF) in partnership with Antof Rural Resource Development Centre (ARRDEC) is working to establish a Multi-stakeholder Forum for Improved Internally Generated Revenue in three Local Government councils of  Ibesikpo Asutan, Uyo and Oron in Akwa Ibom State.

In response to the visiting team, Hon Ubokulo, the Executive Chairman of Oron LGA welcomed and thanked the USAID representative and her team immensely for the kind gesture and promised to offer the necessary cooperation to ensure that the S2S project was successfully implemented in Oron LGA. In his own response, Hon. Dr. Usemedimo Udoh, the Executive Chairman of Uyo LGA, thanked the team for the visit and pledge his support to the project in achieving its aims and objectives. A total of twenty one persons (13 males and 8 females) were in attendance in the meetings across the three LGAs.

A  multi-stakeholder forum and first joint session of stakeholders:

On February 22nd 2022, a multi-Stakeholder Forum was inaugurated at De Castle Hotel Annex, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. This is among several activities being implemented by New Nigeria Foundation in partnership with ARRDEC on the on-going USAID funded State2state project in Ibesikpo, Uyo and Oron Local Government Councils of Akwa Ibom State. The forum deliberated on the issues that needed to be addressed at the State and LGA levels for improved internally generated Revenue.  The forum attracted lots of stakeholders from both private and public sector.

A group photograph of the stakeholders, with Prof. Akpan Ekpo and a representative of Persons Living with Disbilities (PLWD) seated, at the Multi-Stakeholders Forum held at De Castle Hotel on February 22, 2022

Some key highlights at the event included: a key note address presented by Prof. Akpan Ekpo, a Professor of Economics, who has served in various international and national positions and a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Uyo; overview of S2S project was given by NNF Deputy Director, Mrs. Olayide Adesanya  and group discussion on issues militating against internally generated revenue in the State.

A total of sixty (60) persons (40 males, 20 females) including NNF and ARRDEC staff attended the Forum.

BUDGET ANALYSIS WORKSHOP

A budget analysis workshop was conducted for S2S grantees and the media on February 17, 2022 at De Castle Hotel, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. The workshop was conducted to analyze the approved Akwa Ibom State 2022 budget, thereby, furnishing the participants with budget information to advocate and execute assigned tasks.

Mr. Edward Nnakee, a PFM Specialist for S2S undertook the whole budget analysis through seven (7) sessions which included; (i) Highlights of 2022 Proposed Budget;(ii) Proposed Budget versus Approved Budget, (iii) Revenue Profile for 2022 Fiscal Year, (iv) Expenditure Profile for 2022 Fiscal Year, (v) Sector Allocations, (vi) Allocations to Priority Sectors and (vii) Policy Priorities versus Resource Allocation.

Mr. Edward thereafter, analyzed the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of 2021 to be poor at 74.11% achieved as rated by PEFA standard which states that IGR should be 15% deviation from the actual.He also highlighted the proposed budget for 2022 to be 582.115 billion naira while the approved budget by the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to be 586.9 billion naira.

M.r Edward Nnakee of S2S during his presentation at the budget analysis workshop on February 17, 2022
Group photograph of the participants after the budget analysis workshop at De Castle Hotel on February 17, 2022

Related Project

Dr. Teresa Nwachukwu

Dr Nwachukwu is an Epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health of the Federal Capital Development Agency (FCDA), FCT, Abuja. She has vast experience in clinical management of childhood illnesses, Pediatrics HIV Care and response, and PMTCT programs. She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MBBS, from the University of Lagos, Nigeria (1994), Master’s in Public Health from Ahmadu Bello University  (2015), Certificate in Global Health from Tulane University (2011), Leadership and Management in Health from University of Washington (2018), HIV/AIDs Care and Program Management from Ahmadu Bello University (2016).
 
Dr. Nwachukwu is a member of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Ndekhedehe Ndekhedehe

Administrative Officer
He is responsible for managing and distributing information for administrative purposes with over 20 years of experience.  He has National Diploma in Business Administration /Management. He also provides support for community mobilization. He had undergone several trainings such as, ” Introduction of OVC, Impact of HIV/AIDS on Children, OVC Care and Support” in 2009 organized by Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme, “HIV/AIDS Prevention Methodology on Society Takin Action for Right IPC and Peer Education” in 2013 organised by Akwa Ibom State Agency for Control of AIDS (AKSACA) and Action Aid’s Enhancing Nigerian Response to HIV/AIDs (ENR)

Joshua Inim

Program Officer
Joshua Inim is responsible for the implementation of project activities and has over eight years’ experience working in the development sector. He was awarded a Degree in Agric Engineering from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in 2012and a Masters in Agric Engineering (In View).
 
He has the following training qualifications to his experience: Training on HIV/AIDS Prevention Methodology organized by Enhancing Nigeria’s Response to HIV/AIDS (ENR) in 2013, training on Child Status Index and other Monitoring Tools for Vulnerable Children Response in Nigeria and the use of NOMIS in 2012, Integrated Master Care and Support for OVC and Referral organized by FHI360 in 2012 and training on Monitoring & Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Program organized by Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) in 2008. He is also a trained Counseller/Tester

Mrs. Bassey Sample Mbeku

Finance Officer II
She holds a Diploma in Applied Economics from the University of Calabar, Calabar,  (1999-2001) and a B. Science in Accounting from the University of Calabar,  (2004-2009).
 
She has attended several career development training and seminars.
 
Within the banking sector, has over 10 years of client service experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills; Expertise in the usage of financial software and applications such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel.
 
In the development sector, she has over 3 years of experience in project financial management such as budget preparation and tracking, Managing financial records and receipts, reconciling periodic transactions, Preparing balance sheets, Processing invoices, and reporting. She provides particular support to Finance Officer 1 and to the project team regarding finance during project implementation.

MIss Stephanie Bassey

Finance Officer I
She is responsible for preparing financial statements for ARRDEC. She is in the custody of all project financial documents including the project checkbook and has received a lot of training in the development sector accounting and she uses QuickBooks for financial reporting.
Stephanie was awarded a degree in Accounting in 2010 by Plateau State Polytechnic, Nigeria, and Masters of Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria (in view). Stephanie has over 7 years of experience in finance administration and uses QuickBooks for financial reporting.
Her skills as a finance administrator on HIV projects have been enhanced through such training as M&E Frameworks for HIV/AIDS Program by Global Health (2014), Project and Program Design/Management by Global Health (2014), Social Marketing for Health by Global Health (2016), CAPABLE Training on Financial Management and Resource Mobilization by Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), amongst others.
Stephanie is also a trained Counsellor/Tester
 

Kennedy Nwokenna

Pmanning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
 
He is responsible for preparing project-related research, data collation/analysis, and data quality assessment. He develops organizational and project-based M&E plans and frameworks. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics (Hons) from Abia State University, Nigeria in 2007 and a Proficiency Certificate from the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in 2009. He has over 7 years of experience with proficiency in the usage of Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). He is also in charge of content development and management of ARRDEC’S social media platforms and website.
 
He has received several pieces of training over the years. Some of these include training on PMTCT, Monitoring, and Evaluation by Pathfinder International; Operationalization of Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) and District HIV/AIDS Information System (DHIS) by Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS (AKSACA), PMTCT by Global Health (2016), Gender Monitoring and Evaluation by Global Health (2016), Equity-Focused and gender Responsive Evaluation by Global Health (2015), Data Use for Program Managers and Data Quality by Global Health (2015), etc.

Elizabeth Adebanjo

Project Manager
Elizabeth Adebanjo is responsible for the overall project delivery of ARRDEC programs. She is the focal person who relates with and reports to donors. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology in 2001 from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria, and has an Executive Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the PM College, the UK in October 2009. 

 

Elizabeth’s project management experience in the development sector spans more than ten (10) years. On HIV-related projects, she was the Project Director of the PMTCT Project implemented by ARRDEC in Akwa Ibom State from 2013 – 2014 which was sponsored by Management Sciences for Health (MSH). She was also the Project Manager of the World Bank-sponsored HIV Programme Development Project II (HPDP II) which was implemented by ARRDEC from 2015 – 2016 in Akwa Ibom State. She also coordinates the Free Medical Mission/HIV Testing Services (HTS) implemented yearly by ARRDEC since 2011 by ARRDEC in partnership with Oron Development Union (ODU) USA, Inc.
 
She has attended several conferences, workshops, seminars, and training and some of these are: Operationalization of Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI) in 2015 organized by Akwa Ibom State Agency for the Control of AIDS (AKSACA) (2015), Gender Monitoring and Evaluation by Global Health (2015), Key Practices of Good Governance by Global Health (2017), Leadership Development Program Workshop by Management Sciences for Health (2013), etc.

Very Revd. Okon Ekerendu

Executive Director
He is a superannuated clergy of over thirty-five(35) years of dedication to the Lord in Methodist Church Nigeria, a former teacher and clergy in-charge of the Methodist Church Humanitarian Commission. His sheer desire to serve humanity made him obtain an additional Diploma in Community Work from the University of Birmingham in 1981 and he still gives voluntary services both in the secular and religious sector.

Engr. Edet Emmanuel Okon

Member
Engr. Edet Emmanuel Okon holds Ordinary National Diploma in Civil/Building Engineering from College of Technology, Calabar; MSc  in Civil/Structural Engineering from Kiev Institute of Civil Engineering, Kiev, Ukraine; MSc in Water Resource Engineering; and Professional Certificate in Project Management from Procept Project Management, Lagos. 
 
He is a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a member of the Council For The Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

 

With his over 30 years of experience in the corporate world, he plays an advisory role in project management, governance  and  renders supports in resource mobilization

Dr. Anwana Ntofon

Member
One of the Pioneer Founders of ARRDEC, Dr. Anwana Ntofon is a Clinical Pharmacist with over thirty (30) years experience in the Public, private and non-profit sector. He is the Director of ARRDEC’s Medical Missions. Dr. A. Ntofon is based in the U.S.A., but he comes to Nigeria yearly to oversee and facilitate the implementation of Medical Missions in Akwa Ibom State and environs. The discounted medications and medical supplies used for ARRDEC’s Medical Missions are secured through him from ARRDEC’s International Partners.

Dr. Henry Enyenihi

Member
A medical Doctor based in the U.S.A. with over thirty (30) years of experience in both public and private institutions. Dr. Enyenihi facilitates all prescriptions for procurement of medications and medical supplies used yearly for ARRDEC’s Medical Missions.

Mrs.Itighise Bassey

Member
An educationist with over twenty-eight (28) years experience who is presently the Vice-Principal at Community Secondary School, Eyo Abasi, Oron Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Mrs. Bassey, who is an active social worker and a women leader, also doubles as ARRDEC’s Volunteer. She is at the fore front of women mobilization in the Oron Nation both for secular and religious activities.

Prince Nkoyo Odokwo

Member
She is the Founder and Proprietress of Onyieyeme Glorious Schools comprising the Nursery, Primary, and College. She has twenty-five (25) years of experience as an educationist. She is also the Founder and Coordinator of Girls Child Protection and Rights Project, an NGO which specializes in Girl Child Welfare.

Mrs. Affiong Eyo

Member
An educationist with thirty-three (33) years of experience has served as the Principal of several Secondary Schools, and now a Director in the Akwa Ibom State Education Board. She has a wealth of experience in working with women especially widows. She coordinates ARRDEC’s Micro Credit activities with widows and she is the Zonal Supervisor of Eket Senatorial District of the Sanctified Mount Zion Women Fellowship. Mrs.  Eyo is the National Treasurer of Oron Union.

Mr. Utin Ntofon

Chairman
He is the Chairman of ARRDEC’s Board of Trustees and one of the pioneer founders of ARRDEC. His wealth of experience as a former management staff of NNPC and over thirty (30) years of experience in both the public and private sectors have impacted tremendously in the smooth running of ARRDEC