The Katsina State overnment has paid its N40.3 million counterpart fund for the Fadama III programme.Alhaji Magaji Abubakar, the state Coordinator of the programme, made this known on Monday in Katsina.
He said 20 local government areas in the state which had signified interest to participate in the programme, had also paid their counterpart funds.
Abubakar said the Fadama Project Coordination Committee had been inaugurated, while a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the 20 participating councils and the Fadama Office.
He said 80 facilitators had been receiving training to ensure that the programme was successfully implemented.â€œWe have made adequate preparations for the programme. We are only waiting for World Bankâ€™sÂ response any time from now,â€ he added.He commended the government for its support forÂ the programme and other agric_related projects in the state.
Meanwhile, no fewer than 84 Fadama Users Groups (FUGs) in Zamfara have received about N38 million under the Third National Fadama Development Project (NFDP).
Alhaji Aliyu Altine, the Programme Coordinator, disclosed this on Tuesday in Kaura_Namoda when the fadama technical committee visited some of the FUGs in the area.
Alitne said that the FUGs included fishermen, pastoralists, irrigation famers, poultry farmers, widows and physically challenged persons in the society.
He said that vulnerable groups contributed 15 per cent; others contributed between 30 per cent and 50 per cent depending on the group, while the National Fadama III paid the remaining percentages.
He said the project was aimed at empowering the people to take charge of their own development agenda through a Demand Driven Development Approach.
He said that the state government paid N56.3 million counterpart funds while each of the 14 local governments paid N2 million.
In his remarks, the leader of the delegation, Alhaji Yahaya Labbo, said that they were in the area to access the progress recorded in the implementation of the project in the state.
He expressed satisfaction with the progress made by NFDP in the state even, saying there was still need for traditional rulers and local governmentss to enlighten people on the importance of participating in the programme