The Kogi State Office of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project has embarked on a statewide sensitisation campaign for the project.
This was contained in a press statement issued on Tuesday and made available to journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.
According to the statement, the project is being implemented by the state government, through the Project Implementation Unit and is supported by the World Bank to enhance the productivity, resilience, and commercialisation of selected value chains.
Additionally, it aims to strengthen the country’s capacity to respond responsibly to eligible crises or emergencies.
Addressing stakeholders at Adogo, the headquarters of Ajaokuta Local Government Area of the state, the State Project Coordinator, Olufemi Bolarin, who was represented by the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Omojo Akuh, said the sensitisation exercise is important in fostering understanding, collaboration, and harnessing the opportunities in the project.
“The project, when fully implemented, would lead to an increase in productivity, strengthen resilience, and develop the commercialisation of the livestock enterprise”, Bolarinwa noted.
The coordinator, however, solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders involved in the smooth and efficient implementation of the project for a better and prosperous state.
The Chairman of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Akaba Mustapha, represented by Momoh Sani Salami, the Local Government Supervisor for Health, applauded the initiative while assuring the project implementation unit of maximum security and other necessary support.
Also speaking during the sensitisation visit is Halidu of Ajaokuta (Head of Fulani) Alhaji Isa Abdullahi and Joseph Enesi the Chairman Poultry Association Ajaokuta Local Government Area; in their separate remarks, the leaders of the various groups lauded the government’s efforts and advocated for the comprehensive inclusion of their respective groups among the beneficiaries, highlighting the potential positive effects on the community.
In his contribution, the Project Extension Officer, Mr. Daniel Okpanachi harped on the importance of accurate mapping and profiling and emphasised the need for livestock farmers to make themselves available for exercise.
“The success of the project relied heavily on the number of successful beneficiaries mapped and profiled, which determines the amount of benefits to be received by the state”, he said.
On her part, the Gender-Based Violence Specialist, Sarah Amanebo, emphasised the need for adequate representation of women in the project, while she enjoined women in the livestock business to take full advantage of the project to improve their standard of living.