The Kogi Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, has commended the World Bank for its support to  the state’s agricultural sector of the state. Awoniyi made the commendation when he received a delegation of the World Bank/FGN supervising mission to Kogi in Lokoja on Friday.

He said that the state would strive to maintain all the indices of good governance as it relates to transparency and accountability. Awoniyi gave and assurance that the state government was going to use all the good governance indicators as it relates to transparency and accountability to make the Cassava Processing Zone proposed for the state a reality.

He noted that the state government had made access to land and issues related to land right and land tenure a priority in encouraging agriculture.

Awoniyi, who described the state as blessed in cassava production, disclosed that the selection of Kogi by the World Bank to develop a Cassava Processing Zone was a well deserved development.

The deputy governor called on the World Bank officials to present an action plan that would enable the state government to key into the success of the Cassava Processing Zone in the state.

In a remark, Dr Femi Abolarin, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, said that the World Bank/FGN supervising mission to the state was aimed at concretising the bank’s support to the staple crop processing zone in Alape. He commended Gov Idris Wada for the priority given to agriculture in the state.

Earlier in his speech, Dr. Abimbola Adubi, the task team leader of the World Bank, said Kogi was the only state selected by the bank to support its processing zone.

He noted that the project was aimed at supporting the Agricultural Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government, using the existing Fadama project to support issues relating to the staple crop processing zone.

Adubi said that the project would attract about 700 million dollars,while noting that the Fadama project would give priority to crops such as cassava, rice and horticultural crops.

He said since the state was the highest producer of cassava in the country, the state had been chosen to focus on cassava production.

Adubi said that the team was in the state to assess implementation readiness of the state and also visit the crops processing zone and interact with stakeholders.(NAN)

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