World Bank Releases N90m To Kwara Govt

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The World Bank has released N90 million to the Kwara Government for the implementation of the Fadama III programme.

The bank’s Coordinator of the programme, Dr Herbert Ben, announced this in Ilorin on Thursday while briefing the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Prof. Mohammed Yisa, in his office.

Ben said the grant was in response to the payment of the N40 million counterpart funding by the state government.

The coordinator said the team was in the state to assess the level of preparedness for the take-off of the programme.

He lauded Gov. Bukola Saraki for the positive transformation of the agricultural sector and the implementation of the Fadama programme.

Ben also commended the level of participation of rural farmers in the programme and stressed the need for the state’s technical team to work according to the World Bank guidelines.

In his remarks, Yisa attributed the high level of participation to the priority given to agriculture by the Saraki administration.

He gave the assurance that the state government would distribute the funds to genuine farmers in line with World Bank guidelines.

The bank’s team was received on behalf of the commissioner by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Ayotunde Oyeniyi.