At least 6,000 crop and animal producers in Kwara State have benefited from the first wave of government and World Bank-facilitated support along agricultural value chains, according to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
On Tuesday, AbdulRazaq handed over the Kwara FADAMA NG-CARES Result Area 2 inputs and assets to some of the beneficiaries in Ilorin East, saying that the administration has prioritized various measures aimed at empowering as many disadvantaged families as possible to overcome the COVID-19’s hardship.
“One of such is the FADAMA NG-CARES (Results Area 2) which has been planned to boost food security and deliver prosperity along agricultural value chains to thousands of poor households across Kwara State,” he added.
“This programme involves provision of agricultural inputs and services and agricultural assets for production and primary processing. At least 6,000 people will benefit from this. While 3,000 livestock and fishery farmers will benefit from input and assets, additional 3,000 crop farmers will also receive inputs and assets of different kinds. All of these are designed to support our farmers and lessen the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on them. This will also have reverberating effects on the local economy.
“Beneficiaries of this gesture cut across youth and women in the 16 LGAs of the State. This intervention will continue for the next 18 months to ensure that as many farmers as possible benefit from it in different ways.”
In a statement obtained by The FidelinfoNews, the Governor said the administration is transforming the agricultural sector, listing some of its achievements to include the recent launch of a 10-year Agricultural Transformation Plan, purchase of 15 new tractors and two bulldozers, and previous distributions of inputs and implements to thousands of farmers across the state.
State Commissioner for Finance, Florence Olasumbo Oyeyemi, said the government had enlisted Kwara in the NG-Cares programme to enable poor farmers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, charging the beneficiaries to put what they are given to good use to promote food security and the local economy.
“The State government has graciously considered it necessary for Kwara State to be part of NG-Cares programme, being supported by the World bank to bring succour to poor farmers who had suffered loss even by selling their assets and farm implements in order to survive as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, “she said.
State Project Coordinator for FADAMA, Engr. Busari Toyin Isiaka, said Kwara has achieved under Governor AbdulRazaq for FADAMA what no other state in the whole Country has achieved under the initiative, thanking the present administration for its unprecedented support for the agency.
“It has never been like this in the history of FADAMA. If we look at where we were, where we are and where we are going, the whole appreciation goes to His Excellency and his administration,” he said.
“His Excellency gave us what we term as project preparatory fund to start. That has given us the enough enablement to start this project. No state in the whole country has achieved what we have achieved today.”
Baale Oke Oyi Muh’d Soliu Abdulkadir Odedeyi, who commended the government for the programme, also applauded the government for the construction of Oke Oyi township road.
He pledged the support of his people for not just the administration but re-election of Governor AbdulRazaq in 2023.
Jubilation As Kwaran Emerges Chancellor Of UK Varsity
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Mrs Yekemi Otaru (née Awoseyin) on her installation as the chancellor of University of West Scotland in the United Kingdom.
Mrs Otaru, an entrepreneur known for her mentorship programme and support for women in many third world countries, is the daughter of Dr Raphael Sunday Awoseyin from Ayedun town of Oke Ero Local Government Area of Kwara State.
In a statement obtained by The FidelinfoNews issued by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the statement reads:
“We express our congratulations to Mrs Yekemi Otaru, her family, and the Oke Ero community on this historic feat. We are proud to see another Kwaran becoming a historic figure that is celebrated for her accomplishments and her commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion,” the Governor said.
“We believe that Mrs Otaru’s story, and similar ones like hers, will continue to inspire younger ones to succeed at what they do and commit to greater ideals in the service of humanity.”
Osun: Make Provision For Disabilities, APC Tells INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been urged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to offer provision for voters with impairments as the Osun governorship election approaches (PWD).
The party’s National Leader for Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs), Hon. Tolu Bankole, in a statement obtained on Friday, told INEC to show demonstrable improvement on election day by making sure those who have one physical challenge or the other can vote without hassles on July 16.
While commending INEC for the voter education and sensitization training for visually impaired voters on the use of Braille Ballots ahead of the Osun 2022 election, Bankole noted that the commission must allay the fears of people with special needs and assure them that Osun would be an improvement on “the noticable flaws” witnessed in the recently held Ekiti election.
According to him, for an election to be credible, its process must be well understood by the electorates irrespective of their status.
He stated, therefore, that the votes of Persons With Disabilities, considering their huge numbers, must count on election day.
To guarantee the inclusion of the physically challenged in the election, the APC National Working Committee (NWC) member, advised INEC to address issues bothering on: absence of braille easy language; lack sign language interpreters at polling units; lack of dedicated queue for the physically challenged; restriction of vehicular movements on election day among others.
He enjoined INEC to justify the inclusion of persons living with disability in the Electoral Act by improving on the noticeable flaws in the Ekiti gubernatorial election.
He called on all eligible PWDs voters in Osun to go out en masse and vote, without fear of molestation and harassment, saying the new electoral law has paved the way for them o be incorporated into the electoral process.
AbdulRazaq Congratulates Offa-Born Laws Scholar On Professorial Rank
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Offa-born law scholar Yusuf Abdulrasheed Musa on his elevation to the rank of a full professor of law at the University of Abuja.
In a statement on Friday, the Governor commended Professor Abdulrasheed for being a good inspiration to current and upcoming generations, saying the elevation was deserving and a pointer to greater things ahead.
“I congratulate our brother and a distinguished Kwaran, Prof. Yusuf Abdulrasheed, on this academic accomplishment. His story is a fine example of how hard work, determination, brilliance, and being steadfast in one’s belief in God can make all the difference in the life of a man,” the Governor said in the statement.
“We especially appreciate the law professor for being a promoter of dialogue and peace back home. We pray Allah to continue to protect the law scholar and grant him good health and long life to reap the fruits of his labour.”
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