The Kogi State Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Steering Committee For APPEALS project in Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja has said the government will continue to support the APPEALS project in the state.
Onoja disclosed this when he joined the Project Implementation Staff during the Annual Work Plan and Budget implementation review meeting at Lokoja.
During the meeting, Chief Onoja underscored the importance of the review meeting to the effective implementation of the project in the state.
He urged that the 2020 Annual Work plan should conform with the provisions of the Project Appraisal document and the Project Implementation manual.
The deputy governor noted that APPEALS project is a worthy programme that is creating a paradigm shift in the state agric sector
He reiterated the state governments support towards the Successful Implementation of the project in the state.
In his remarks, the state commissioner of Agriculture Mr. David Apeh noted that the Ministry of Agriculture will provide the necessary support to ensure the effective implementation of APPEALS project in the state.
Earlier, the State Project Coordinator, Dr. Sanni Abdullahi Ozomata welcomed the deputy governor to the meeting and said that the purpose of the review meeting was to enusre that the state coordination office come up with strategies that will aid the effective implementation of the Year 2020 Annual Work Plan.
In another development, Chief Onoja adviced beneficiaries of the APPEALS Women and Youth Empowerment programme to take advantage the scheme provides in order to drive the economy of the state.
He stated this at the end of the pre-implementation meeting with WYEP beneficiaries on business and investment plan preparation at the Lokoja centre.
Represented by the deputy chief of staff, Sunday Faleke, he urged the beneficiaries to “take it seriously, understand the process, comply with the guideliness, painstakingly complete all the processes and finally take this advantage in the space of time to become drivers of the economy in Kogi state and Nigeria at large”.
Chief Onoja noted that the pre-implementation meeting organised by the kogi state coordination office of APPEALS project to guide beneficiaries on developing a fundable and implementable business and investment plan among other support, is a right step in the right direction that would enable the WYEP beneficiaries access the start-up grant to begin their agribusinesses and farming activities.
He reiterated the committment of the state government in supporting the successful implementation of the APPEALS Women and Youth Empowerment programme in the state.
In his address, the APPEALS state project coordinator for kogi, Dr Ozomata commended the beneficiaries at the Lokoja centre for their cooperation during the meeting which lasted for four days.
He adviced them to brace up to the challenges of developing a fundable and implementable business and investment plan, assuring that the state cooridnation office will make available all the support needed to ensure their final empowerment by the project.
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