The Executive Chairman of Adavi local government, Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami has commended the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello for facilitating and funding Kogi State Appeals Project from World Bank.
Salami made this known when he received the management team of Kogi State Appeals led by the State Coordinator, Dr. Abdullahi Ozomata on inspection of the projects in Adavi LGA.
He noted that the agricultural intervention programme will touch many lives, particularly farmers and attract more investors into Kogi State.
In his formal introduction, Dr Ozomata commended the council boss for his outstanding performance, particularly in the area of security and stated that the Kogi State Appeals project has been using Adavi more often as a place to host the beneficiaries in Kogi Central for over a year they embarked on the project where hundreds of people including women, youths, and farmers from Adavi LGA benefited after they went through the screening, interview, and training inline with the World bank policy before they were been selected.
He stated that the selection of the beneficiaries was done based on merit, and no local government in Kogi State was left out.
“We are here to let you know how far we have come and what we were able to achieve so far, and to also establish a smooth relationship with your government and you as the Chief Security of the LGA. We will like to also seek your permission to accompany us as we are going to inspect the projects in your local government.
“We are very much aware of your great achievements since you assumed office especially in the area of protecting the lives and property of your people and we must commend you for that,” Dr. Ozomata stated.
Hon. Joseph Omuya, in a brief remark, welcomed the team into Adavi, adding that it is of no doubt that the project will empower most of their youths and women, and boost the livelihood of farmers.
He added that the project will also impact positively in community development.
“We wish to thank His Excellency for this unique and outstanding initiative which can be confidently said to be first of its kind since the creation of the state. This has proven that the government’s interest is always the wellbeing of the masses.
“We will accompany your team for the inspection and we will also provide the necessary support when needed. We hope to also partner together for the betterment of the community development beyond this exercise,” he said.
Hon. Joseph Omuya further acknowledged that the projects are long-term intervention scheme and will definitely boost morale and encourage farmers in Adavi LGA.
He urged everyone who might have benefited from the first phase of the empowerment programme to put into use what they have acquired from the training and invest the money judiciously so that the aims and objectives of the programme could be achieved and motivate the state government to the do more the people.
After going round to inspect the project with the team which included Kogi State Commissioner for Agriculture and Managing Director on Agricultural Development Project, the Council Chairman lauded the transparency and quality job accomplished by the Kogi State Appeals Project, and disclosed that he is satisfied with what he has seen so far, urging the management team to keep it up.
The projects the council boss have inspected with the team are; Cassava Processing Centre for Community Interest Group (CIG) sited in Kuroko community, the ongoing Cassava Processing Centre in Uro Community and 3.1 km ongoing construction of access road that leads to the farm, and tricycles donated to the farmers to moves their goods to the market.
Other project executed by Kogi State Appeals in Adavi LGA are in Ege-Iruvochinomi and Osara communities.