The Kwara State Fadama NG-CARES Coordination Office has commenced the physical screening, verification and geo-tagging of the first batch of prospective beneficiaries in the Fadama NG-CARES agricultural intervention project.
The screening exercise, which will go round the eight Local Government Areas selected for the first batch in livestock enterprise delivery, started on Wednesday, 10th of November, 2021, with Wara/Osin Ward in Ilorin West LGA, a press statement by the Communications Officer, Kwara State Fadama NG-CARES Coordination Office, Dr. Sangodare Ayinla, said.
For effective execution of the exercise, Nineteen teams comprising PIU members and Community facilitators were designated to capture all the Farmer Users’ Groups in all corners of the Ward.
Addressing the pairs (teams) of the enumerators before leaving for their respective sites of assignment, the State Project Coordinator, Engr. Busari Toyin Isiaka, reiterated the significance of the exercise to the success of the project, stating that this is the only way the Office can have fair implementation and effective delivery as underscored in the objectives of the programme.
The Coordinator said that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is concerned about how the disbursement of input and asset packages will get to genuinely poor and vulnerable whose economic status has been disrupted by the covid-19 pandemic lockdown, noting that the Governor is interested in how the condition of this category of people will be improved.
Busari then cautioned all the enumerators against bias, favoritism, indolence, dereliction of duty etc on the field, saying their astuteness on job will allow the office to obtain appropriate details from the prospective beneficiaries,which, he said, will be tremendously helpful to the implementation process.
“You are going out for the physicsl screening/verification/geo-
tagging exercise, which is critical to the implementation and the successful outcome of this project. In the light of this, we have to show, immensely, a high sense of devotion, because our level of commitment determines what we achieve in the long run.
The exercise will afford us the opportunity to adequately capture the prospective beneficiaries’ sites (pens, sheds and ponds), their social statuses, level of commitment, their coordinates (longtitude, latitude and altitude). I believe you can now see why it is important to carry out the exercise with the fear of God”, he explained.
The Coordinator further attributed the beauty of this transparency exercise to attitude of Governor AbdulRazaq, arguing that the present administration’s watch-word is transparency, fairness and equity, the praxis he described as being averse to the culture of “Whom-you-know”.
Busari assured the people of the State that the Office will not disappoint them as far as the implementation of the project is concerned, stressing that the engine of the Office’s performance is Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
He later called for further support support from the Commissioner, Ministry of Agtlriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Gideon Yisa Saba, and the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Hajia Mariam Nurudeen Mohammed, stating that the Office will like to continue enjoying the kind gesture and advisory role they have earlier been giving the Implementation Unit.
The screening exercise will continue in the other wards of the Local Government Area (Ilorin West).