A statewide campaign to raise public awareness of the project has been launched by the Kogi State Office of Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project.
This information was provided to journalists in Lokoja, the state capital, via a press release that was released on Tuesday.
The project aims to improve the productivity, resilience, and commercialization of specific value chains. It is being carried out by the state government via the Project Implementation Unit with support from the World Bank.
It also attempts to improve the nation’s ability to react appropriately to crises or emergencies that qualify.
Speaking to stakeholders at the state’s Adogo headquarters, which serves as the Ajaokuta Local Government Area headquarters, Olufemi Bolarin, the State Project Coordinator, stressed the value of the sensitization exercise. Omojo Akuh, the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, represented Bolarin.
“The project would, when fully implemented, lead to an increase in productivity, strengthen resilience, and develop the livestock enterprise’s commercialization,” Bolarinwa stated.
Nonetheless, in order to ensure the project’s successful execution and advancement of a better and prosperous state, the coordinator called on the cooperation of all parties involved.
Momoh Sani Salami, the Local Government Supervisor for Health, on behalf of Akaba Mustapha, the Chairman of the Ajaokuta Local Government Area, praised the initiative and promised the project implementation unit all the security and other support it needed.
Speaking at the sensitization visit are Joseph Enesi, the chairman of the Poultry Association of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, and Halidu of Ajaokuta (Head of Fulani), Alhaji Isa Abdullahi. In their respective speeches, the leaders of the various groups praised the government’s efforts and argued for the full inclusion of their respective groups among the beneficiaries, emphasizing the potential benefits on the community.
Throughout his presentation, Mr. Daniel Okpanachi, the Project Extension Officer, emphasized the need of precise mapping and profiling as well as the requirement that livestock farmers be available for exercise.
The number of successful beneficiaries who were mapped out and profiled, which establishes how much benefit the state will receive, was a major factor in the project’s success, he said.
Sarah Amanebo, the Gender-Based Violence Specialist, stressed the importance of having enough women represented in the project and urged women working in the livestock industry to make the most of it in order to raise their standard of living.