Imo State Govt provides succor for farmers 

Hon. Ololo stressing a point to the NIRSAL officials, Monday.

…As Hon Ololo hosts NIRSAL Officials

Succor has finally come the way of Imo State farmers following the pro-active steps taking by the state government to ensure gainful and effective farming practice in the state.

This was disclosed in a meeting of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Domestics Hon Mrs Ogechi Ololo with the officials of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System in Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), who came in company of the Co-ordinator of Imo State Anchor Borrowers Programme, Dr. Edwin Uche, on Monday.

Hon Ololo who doubles as the Chairman, Taskforce on Food Security had during the meeting, hinted that most farmers in the state don’t use agricultural loan for its purpose. She suggested that inputs should be deployed to the farmers, rather than give them loans which they utilize on domestic and other problems that crop-up in their families.

She gave an instance that the state government could enter into an agreement with land owners on a certain hectare(s) of land, engage them as farmers, provide the seedlings for them, equip them and allow them take care of the farm, after which they enjoy 10% of the total proceeds.

She expressed government’s readiness to create farmers markets in communities that would embrace the initiative, noting that such would ensure immediate and proper off-takers as well as boost agricultural produce for exports to other states.

Ololo frowned at the low turnout of state farmers in the Anchor Borrowers Programme of the Federal Government and re-affirmed the state government’s resolve to encourage farming practice in the state.
She promised to convey their message to Governor Okorocha and urged them to remain hopeful for positive response.

Earlier, the Head, Project Monitoring and Remediation of NIRSAL, Mrs Nkechi Osuji explained that they were in the state to give succor to the state farmers through a partnership programme with the state government.
She eulogised the Deputy Chief of Staff for her wisdom in providing a veritable platform on which the program would thrive.

Adding his voice, the Co-ordinator of Imo State Anchor Borrowers Programme, Dr. Edwin Uche re-assured of his commitment to the project, suggesting that three local government councils of the state could be used for feasibility study.

He commended Hon Ololo on her new assignment as the Chairman on Food Security and expressed confidence that she would make great impacts in the state through the position.

However, NIRSAL is a loan guarantee scheme set up to guarantee 75 per cent loans provided by Deposit Money Banks (DPB) to farmers, as part of efforts to transform the country’s agricultural sector.

Hon. Ololo moves to address lapses in N-Power Programme

Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede illustrating a point to Imo Focal Person, Hon. Ogechi Ololo

…As FG’s Monitoring/Evaluation Team storms Imo
The N-Power Focal Person in Imo State, Honourable Mrs. Ogechi Ololo has expressed determination to address the lapses militating against the smooth operation of the Federal Government’s Social Intervention Programme in the state.
Hon. Ololo indicated her willingness to ensure that challenges created by lack of proper communication and other fundamental issues from the federal to state government level were properly notified and addressed, when she led the Senior Special Adviser to President Mohammed Buhari on Job Creation/Youth Employment, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede and members of his Monitoring/Evaluation Team to verify activities of the beneficiaries in the state.
Ololo who is also the Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Chairman Task Force on Food Security to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, observed that if instructions were properly conveyed from the beginning, it could have created a clearer picture of proper things to do and Imo State would have been a perfect example.
Speaking further, Ololo pleaded that more of Imo citizens should be accommodated on the scheme especially in the ongoing second phase registration of the programme.
Earlier, the SSA to the President on Job Creation/Youth Employment, Afolabi Imoukhuede who also coordinates the N-Power program, had at different deployed places of assignment, cautioned the beneficiaries to shun truancy, stating that indolent workers will be shown the way out.
He sounded it loud and clear that their salary was not a share of the national cake and stressed the need for them to be diligent and show commitment to duty as the job is a platform to help them garner work experience and expose them to greater opportunities in life.
Deployed places of assignment visited were; Government Secondary School Owerri, Songhai Farm Nekede and Imo State Emergency Response Centre.
Those in company of the Monitoring Team were the state institutional partners; Programme Manager ADP Pastor A.E Jonathan, Director General National Orientation Agency Vitus Ekeocha, Executive Chairman Imo State Universal Basic Education Board Mrs Elizabeth Ejiogu, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Mrs Chima Irene, Permanent Secretary, Education COE Chukwu, Permanent Secretary, Health Dr. Igwe A.O and others.

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