By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA â€” ANAMBRA State Government has called on the 20 local government areas in the state, participating in the Fadama III Project to see themselves as key players that would facilitate the success of the programme at the community level.
Under the programme, each of the participating local government area would receive a minimum of N50 million in direct investment, while the incomes of about 45,000 households in the participating local government area are expected to increase by 60 percent.
The Coordinator of the project, Mr. Chudi Mojekwu, said, about N80 million had been disbursed for the implementation of the 167 sub-projects in 56 communities, adding that three of such sub-projects and 16 Input Support have been completed within four months.
He hinted that funds disbursement would be scaled-up in order to increase subprojects completion and implementation rate.
On the allegation by some local government bosses that they were not properly informed about Fadama III, Mojekwu assured that the operations in the project were open and transparent and advised them to demand for information on a regular basis from both the Desk Officers and the state office.
He assured the people that Fadama III project would revolutionise the economy of the rural communities.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Godson Ezenagu, told the participants that Fadama III was aimed at fostering a more robust collaboration between the Ministries of Agriculture and Local Government in the implementation of the project.
According to him, in addition to providing finance, the programme will provide technical assistance, training, equipment and other institutional support to the participating councils, adding that the project would lead to innovations in the local governmentsâ€™ planning programme.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Dubem Obaze, who spoke through his Permanent Secretary, Mr. Maxi Onyekwelu, said the meeting had cleared the doubt and misunderstandings about the projectÂ both in the Ministry and the local government areas.
He urged Fadama Desk Officers to close all communication gaps between them and the Heads of local government administrations.