The World Bank has praised Lagos State government for the outstanding implementation of Fadama 3 agric project.
Leader of the global bank’s team, Abimbola Adubi, gave the commendation yesterday during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Toyin Suarau, in Alausa, Ikeja.
The visit was part of the three-day 4th World Bank/FGN Implementation Support Mission to Lagos.
Adubi said: “Twice a year, the World Bank conducts implementation support mission to look at the action plan developed the previous year and to see how well the beneficiaries of the projects are doing.
“I want to report that we are very pleased to report that we are very pleased with what we have seen so far in Lagos.
“Though there are some challenges, which is normal in a project like this but we have seen genuine commitment in terms of implementation of the project by the state Fadama Coordinating Office.”
Adubi, however, urged the state government to make available the counterpart fund for the sustenance of the project.
The team had earlier visited a Fadama project in Itoikin market in Ikorodu.
Suarau said the counterpart fund has been captured in the 2016 budget, adding the money would soon be paid.
He said: “I want to apologise for non-payment of 2015 counterpart fund.
“The Lagos State government is prepared to assist you in other areas but I can assure you that the counterpart fund is part of our budget this year and you can be rest assured that it would be paid soon.”
The State Project Coordinator, Folu Ajijola, urged farmers to fulfill all necessary terms and conditions to benefit from the project.
Source: The Nation Nigeria