Towards ensuring proper implementation of government policies and programmes that will guarantee food security, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abidoun has revealed that his administration would continue to ensure the continuous payment of Counterpart Funds and support agriculture through the building of access roads and bridges for easy movement of produce to the market.
Prince Abiodun made this known when he received the team from Federal and Ogun State Governments’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), led by its Marketing Enterprise Development Advisor, Hajia Fatima Muktar-Buhari, in Abeokuta.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, said the State government alone could not shoulder all the needs of the people but would continue to fulfil its own obligation, by partnering agencies that would help actualise its dream of a better State.
He said, “This administration had to embark on the rehabilitation and construction of some of the access roads it was able to identify and it is only a matter of time for farmers in the State to have unhindered access to market.
“The VCDP Programme, being one that impacts the entire value chain has supported producers, processors, marketers and also in the infrastructure sector. We as an administration is very concerned with the issue of access roads for farmers and this is one of the main thing we have been working on. We have identified crucial roads that are needed for agric produce to get to the market and we have embarked on the rehabilitation and construction of some of these roads,” he said.
Earlier in her response, the Marketing Enterprise Development Advisor, FGN/OGSG (IFAD assisted) VCDP, Hajia Muktar-Buhari noted that her team which had been monitoring and supervising all of its projects around the State, under the Value Chain Programme was glad that the State was one of the best among its peers in the country.
She said the team was in the State to link up the cassava farmers, most especially the youths and women with off takers, urged government to sustain the tempo by continuously releasing its counterpart funds.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor