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Edo SEEFOR empowers FADAMA with N78m

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The authorities of Edo State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) say it has earmarked N78 million to assist the Edo State office of FADAMA 111 project.

BusinessDay reports that the assistance is part of its socio-economic strategies to reduce unemployment, encourage agricultural development in the rural areas as well as to assist government to address food security in the state.

Taiwo Akerele, Edo State coordinator of the project, gave the hint in Benin City recently during the stakeholders meeting and inauguration of Community Oversight Committee (COC).

Akerele said the fund would be used to assist farmers in six local government areas of the 18 local councils in the state that had earlier not show much interest in the FADAMA 111 project.

He gave the names of the benefiting local government areas to include Akoko-Edo, Egor, Etsako- Central, Etsako East, Owan East, and Ovia South West, respectively.

He said the sum of N37 million had already been given to the authorities of the state office of FADAMA 111 programme to disburse to farmers that had indicated interest in the programme.

According to him, in 2014 fiscal year, we are going to give N78 million to assist FADAMA 111 programme, and for now we have given them N37 million, which is 50 percent. It is to assist and support FADAMA to reach out to more local government areas. We are supporting it to reach out to six additional local government areas.

“The gesture is aimed at encouraging agricultural development in Nigeria, but today in partnership with SEEFOR, Edo State FADAMA is reaching out to more communities hitherto they could not reach out to under their own credit. They were able to initially reach out to 13 local government areas with their own resources, but today with SEEFOR they have gone to six local additional government areas.

“If you are in community that has a cooperative you can approach FADAMA and indicate genuine interest as well as meet up with all the needed and require modalities to benefit from the SEEFOR grant that has been given to them. It is just to reduce unemployment, encourage agricultural development and support the government to reduce hunger in the land,” he said.

Taiwo, who is also the senior special assistant to Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole on World Bank assisted project, added that about 23 eligible communities were currently executing micro projects under the Community Social Development Project (CSDP) to improve the socio-economic lives of the people of the benefited communities.

He listed the micro projects, which are rural based, to include market stalls, small drainage, electrification and town hall/civic centres.

He also disclosed that about 150 youths were undergoing Information Communication Technology (ICT) training in Education Management Information System (EMIS) and Biometrics Citizens Identification System (BCIS), with a view to improving education information management in the state.

The SEEFOR state coordinator further added that about 200 teachers had been exposed to ICT training, work ongoing in most of the technical colleges, colleges of agriculture and skills acquisition centres for improvement of infrastructure.

He posited that the sum of N138 million had been granted to six technical colleges, college of agriculture and skills acquisition centres in addition to infrastructural development to also aid in capacity building as well as acquire modern learning aids that meet the challenge of technical education in the 21st Century industrial economy.

He said each of the institution was given a grant of N23 million to address various infrastructural and personnel challenges.

Article Credit: Businessdayonline

Updated 5 Years ago

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