Nigeria desires probity in donor-funded agriculture initiatives



    Senator Heineken Lokpobiri

    The Federal Government says it has mapped out methods for efficient monitoring of initiatives that are funded by improvement and donor companions throughout the nation.

    The Minister of state for Agriculture and Rural Development, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, stated this at a gathering of the Joint Administrative Implementation Completion Review Committee in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Lokpobiri, who was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser on Agribusiness, Mr Eniye Ambakederemo, stated that one of many methods included the formation of Project Coordinating Unit (PCU) within the ministry.

    He stated that monitoring the initiatives was according to the Federal Government’s directive that each one initiatives funded by improvement companions ought to be properly coordinated and supervised for optimum documentation, accountability, transparency and probity.

    The minister expressed remorse that experiences on previous initiatives funded by improvement companions confirmed duplication of efforts, inefficiency within the utilisation of assets and poor coordination.

    He stated that the duplications resulted in non-optimal influence of the interventions on the nation’s agriculture sector.

    Lokpobiri pressured that the nation couldn’t afford to borrow from improvement and donor companions and fail to utilise the assets successfully.

    He underscored the necessity for the ministry to prioritise its borrowing plans and have interaction in actions that might end in import substitution of the nation’s agricultural merchandise.


    Lokpobiri stated: “Our intention is to redirect consideration to agriculture in its entirety and empower our individuals in a productive and sustainable method.

    “This entails treating agriculture as a enterprise to create wealth and supply employment, in order to take us from being an import-dependent nation to a self-sufficient nation, with surplus for export to earn overseas alternate.’’

    The minister listed a few of agricultural initiatives funded by donor companions because the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP), the Rural Finance Institution Building Project (RUFIN) and the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP).