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Agribusiness: IFAD, FG laud Abia LIFE-ND, as Ikpeazu promises increased counterpart fund

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 The International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD and the Federal Government have applauded the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Niger Delta LIFE ND in Abia for its successes in agribusiness They gave the commendation on Thursday during a two day third joint supervisor mission to the state project coordinating office The delegation expressed their satisfaction with the performance of LIFE ND saying that the state had raised the bar in agricultural entrepreneurship especially for the youths and women The IFAD team and others led by Mr George Polenakis visited different incubation centres across the state to assess performance as well as interface with the beneficiaries Also in the team were IFAD officials from its headquarters in Rome as well as East Africa Others were officials from the Federal Ministry of Finance Agriculture Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC consultants as well as national project coordinating office of LIFE ND They visited different incubation centres where they interacted with the beneficiaries on the beneficiaries success stories and their challenges The beneficiaries including Persons with Disabilities PWDs were engaged in selected commodities value chain of rice cassava palm oil processing poultry as well as nutrition mainstreaming Polenakis who is also IFAD s Technical Mission Lead Financial Inclusion commended the state project coordinating office for the exemplary efforts He said they were very happy to see the beneficiaries adding that they would figure out ways where they could be financed accordingly The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the mission took turns to congratulate the coordinating office as well as gave their recommendations In a remark LIFE ND National Project Coordinator Mr Sanni Abiodun appreciated the mission for all the accolades saying that the project was trying to resuscitate youths in agriculture He said that Abia remained one of the best amongst the Niger Delta state involved in the programme He said that the projected funded by IFAD Federal Government NDDC and the state government is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari s vision for national food security especially in the Niger Delta Abiodun said that the project was being designed for implementation in nine Niger Delta states of Abia Akwa Ibom Bayelsa Cross River Delta Edo Imo Ondo and Rivers The LIFE ND State Project Coordinator Abia Dr Uchenna Onyeizu thanked the mission for its visit saying that it would continue to worker to surmount the few challenges identified He said that Our implementation has been unhindered by any form of interferences by the state government and that has helped us to achieve what we have achieved so far he said Meanwhile Gov Okezie Ikpeazu has promised to release additional tranche of the counterpart fund to the project soon so that more youths and women would be empowered in the state The governor gave the assurance when the mission earlier paid him a courtesy visit for supporting the project He reiterated his administration s commitment to support the project which he said had made huge impacts in the lives of the youth and rural dwellers NewsSourceCredit NAN
Agribusiness: IFAD, FG laud Abia LIFE-ND, as Ikpeazu promises increased counterpart fund

International Fund for Agricultural Development

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Federal Government have applauded the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises, Niger Delta (LIFE-ND) in Abia for its successes in agribusiness.

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They gave the commendation on Thursday during a two-day third joint supervisor mission to the state project coordinating office.

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The delegation expressed their satisfaction with the performance of LIFE-ND, saying that the state had raised the bar in agricultural entrepreneurship, especially for the youths and women.

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George Polenakis

The IFAD team and others led by Mr George Polenakis, visited different incubation centres across the state, to assess performance as well as interface with the beneficiaries.

East Africa

Also in the team were IFAD officials from its headquarters in Rome as well as  East Africa.

Federal Ministry of Finance

Others were officials from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Agriculture, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), consultants as well as national project coordinating office of LIFE-ND.

They visited different incubation centres  where they interacted with the beneficiaries on the beneficiaries’ success stories and their challenges.

The beneficiaries, including Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), were engaged in  selected commodities’ value chain  of rice, cassava, palm oil processing,  poultry, as well as nutrition mainstreaming.

Technical Mission Lead

Polenakis, who is also IFAD’s Technical Mission Lead, Financial Inclusion, commended the state project coordinating office for the exemplary efforts.

He said they were very happy to see the beneficiaries, adding that they would figure out ways where they could be financed accordingly.

News Agency

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the mission took turns to congratulate the coordinating office as well as gave their  recommendations.

LIFE-ND National Project Coordinator

In a remark, LIFE-ND National Project Coordinator, Mr Sanni Abiodun, appreciated the mission for all the accolades, saying that the project was trying to resuscitate youths in agriculture.

Niger Delta

He said that Abia remained one of the best amongst the Niger Delta state involved in the programme.

Federal Government

He said that the projected, funded by IFAD, Federal Government, NDDC and the state government, is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s  vision for national food security, especially in the Niger Delta.

Abiodun said that the project was being designed for implementation in nine Niger Delta states of Abia,

Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo, and Rivers.

LIFE-ND State Project Coordinator

The LIFE-ND State Project Coordinator, Abia, Dr Uchenna Onyeizu thanked the mission for its visit, saying that it would continue to worker to surmount the few challenges identified.

He said that

 “Our implementation has been unhindered by any form of interferences by the state government and that has helped us to achieve what we have achieved so far,” he said.

Okezie Ikpeazu

Meanwhile, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has promised to release additional tranche of the counterpart fund to the project soon, so that more youths and women would be empowered in the state.

The governor gave the assurance when the mission earlier paid him a courtesy visit for supporting the project.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to support the project which he said had made huge impacts in the lives of the youth and  rural dwellers.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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