By Isah Lapai, Minna
The World Bank has rated Niger State as one of the best performingÂ state in its Fadama 111-AF projects in the country.Team Leader of the World Bank Task Team of the 5th World Bank Â Implementation Support Mission, Dr. Adetunji Oladipe gave the overviewÂ in Minna yesterday during a meeting with the management of Niger StateÂ Fadama Coordination Office.
Oladipe said that Niger state is a model for other statesÂ participating in the Fadama 111-AF project in Nigeria.
“Niger state is one of the best performing state in Fadama 111-AF inÂ Nigeria. The state is a model for other states currently participatingÂ in Fadama. With what we have seen, the World Bank is very pleased withÂ the level of achievements we have seen.”
Oladipe who was represented by Dr. Shehu Salawu called on the stateÂ government to ensure the release of its counterpart funds and arrearsÂ to Fadama to fast track the pace at which the project will go.
The Niger state Coordinator, Niger State Fadama Coordination office,Â Engineer Aliyu Usman Kutigi disclosed that N540.4 million has beenÂ disbursed to implement various activities across the state which
includes the implementation of 144 business plans, rehabilitation ofÂ four irrigation scheme, Â construction of agricultural equipment hiringÂ enterprise center and procurement of agricultural inputs.
Kutigi further said that the state government have approved theÂ counterpart fund for 2016 but the fund have not being released by theÂ state Ministry of Finance.
He said that rice 796 farmers, 28 production clusters and 310Â production groups in the state have been profiled into Fadama 111-AFÂ farmers database.