Enugu govt assures World Bank on commitment to agric initiative
The deputy governor of Enugu State, Hon.Cecelia Ezeilo, has assured
officials of World Bank Agricultural Project that the State Government
was committed to the ideals of the 12th Commercial Agricultural
Development Joint Implementation Supervision Mission.
The project, she noted, has performed creditably with the
establishment of two functional hatcheries in Enugu State, pointing out
that day-old chick which was sold at N250 before, now cost N100 as a
result of this initiative.
The deputy governor drew their attention the dwindling economic
fortunes of the country, and promised that Enugu State would pay the
outstanding counterpart contribution of N634,400,000.00 as soon as the
financial resources of the State and that of the nation improved.
She also pleaded with the World Bank to extend the tenure of the
projects by two years to enable the benefiting States to consolidate
on the modest achievements made.
In his response to the speech, the Acting National Project Coordinator
of the project, Mr. Sanusa Garba, stated that the project which was
being implemented by the federal Government and the World Bank in five
states of the federation, namely, Enugu, Cross River, Kaduna, Kano and
Lagos States, was aimed at improving commercial agriculture so as to
increase the living standards of the poor masses.
He then advised the state government to consider paying the
counterpart fund instalmentally so as not to deny farmers in the State
the enormous benefits derivable from the commercial agriculture