Fadama: World Bank threatens to blacklist States, LGs

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*Over non-payment of counterpart fund

BY ANAYO OKOLI

UMUAHIA—THE World Bank has threatened to stop the funding of Fadama 111 programme in states and local government areas that failed to pay their counterpart funds for the sustenance of the programme.

World Bank’s representative and team leader of the 7th World Bank/Federal Government supervision mission for the South East, Prof. Adejoh Odo, who issued the threat, said the need to ensure continuity of the programme could not be over-emphasized.

He noted that state government and local councils must pay their counterpart funds for the programme to continue.

Odo, who spoke in Umuahia during a visit on Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, said without the payment of the counterpart funds, the project would not go on smoothly.

In his response, Governor Theodore Orji disclosed that he had already directed the Accountant General of the State to pay the state’s indebtedness to the programme and ensure that the counterpart funds of local government councils were deducted at source and remitted to the purse of the programme.

According to Governor Orji, Fadama 111 programme is held in high esteem in the state because of the huge impact it would have on agriculture which the government has placed priority on.

His words: “Fadama 111 has made huge impact. The agriculture revolution which is being pursued by the government has received great boost by Fadama 111 and we don’t want anything to affect the programme here.”

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