By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme(CASP) have executed multi million naira people oriented projects that impact rural dwellers in Sokoto state according to Dr Aminu Aliyu Dogon Daji, the Programme Coordinator.
The efforts were in tune with the agency’s cardinal objective of providing socio- econmic support to people in remote areas.
Dr Dogon Daji made the disclosure at thw weekend in Wamakko town, headquarters of Wamakko local goernment of Sokoto state during the 4th FG/IFAD supervision mission team visit to the state.
The essence of the visit was to assess the level of the program’s project.
He stated that said the programme had among others distributed 800 hands pumps to farmers, 1,078 tube wells, 17 and 15 hand driven and rehabilitated solar boreholes, constructed 27 livestock water drinking points including the construction and connectio of 5 vulnerable roads as well making available 4 motorised canoes.
According to the Programme Cordinator while explaining to the team of visitors said” the projects are geared towards enhancing production and food security in Sokoto state and Nigeria as a whole. It is also tailored at rapidly increasing the level of income of the target people with a view to reduce poverty and ensure the provision of basic amenities to the rural communities.”
He further said that the N-agripreneurs beneficiary members who were trained on various trade that include inputs, grain milling, rice milling, rice parboiling, threshing and animal traction were given support in materials and cash to commence their businesses to ensure self reliance and sufficiency as well add value through helping other members of their community.
” Community development associations were also given funds between N3m to N9m depending on their priorities and needs to drive the execution of projects within their communities.”
In his remarks, the team leader Professor Jone Lenchi said they were in Sokoto for FG/IFAD supervision mission to assess the level of the program, analyse and to ensure its objective were being realised within the mandate.
” We use such visits to further exchange views with community members who are the main target of IFAD-CASP program”, he specifically mentioned.
Lenchi further noted with passion the zeal with which the officials execute the agency’s action plan while saying that” we are impressed and wish to commend IFAD Sokoto state office, the state and local governments for a job well done including other stakeholders over what we saw and on the realization of IFAD-CASP in the state.
In the same vein, the representative of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Egem Odey Benjamin urged community development associations to intensify efforts in buying shares through their financial services associations.
According to Benjamin, doing so, would no doubt boost their level of income and generate sunstantial revenue.
” The idea is to maintain their finanacial services even if IFAD program is over”, he advised.
The visit took the team across Wamakko, Tambuwal and Bodinga local governments respectively