District Field Officer for Climate Smart Enhanced Public Works Program (CS-EPWP) in Nkhata Bay, Edward Ngwemba, has disclosed plans to increase the program’s beneficiaries in the next financial year.
Speaking during a review meeting for the program’s second cycle in Mzuzu, Ngwemba said the targeted beneficiaries will be increased to 13,427 from 11,233.
Ngwemba said preparations for the third cycle are done and some catchment areas have already started work under the program.
“The second cycle progressed well although we had some minor setbacks which included poor data entry and participants getting their wages in arrears. However, the review meeting has helped iron out these obstacles and we are confident that the third cycle will go on well,” he said.
He advised participants and committee members to avoid making replacements without following the program’s implementation guidelines saying that causes challenges in getting wages.
District Commissioner for Nkhata Bay, Rodgers Newa, said the program is progressing well in the district.
“The review meeting is necessary to perfect ourselves in readiness for another cycle ahead. So far, the program is on on track. Some of the challenges we are facing are system based and are appreciated at national level,” he said.
Senior Chief Timbiri was glad that the number of participants will be increased as it means that more people will be involved in environmental conservation.
CS-EPWP is a government initiative under Social Support for Resilient Livelihoods Project implemented by National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) with financial support from Multi-Donor Trust Fund and World Bank.