At least 4,000 households in Adamawa State have benefited from the Fadama III Additional Finance (AF) II to enhance their livelihood especially at this period of recession.
The Coordinator of Fadama III AF, Mohammed Kabir Bello, while disclosing this to newsmen in Yola shortly after a capacity building training for beneficiaries explained that the essence of the workshop was to train the beneficiaries on how to utilize the items provided.
According to the Coordinator, AF FADAMA PROJECT II is aimed at assisting the livelihood of the people from the North – East which Adamawa State is part of the benefiting states, stressing that the impact of the project has started manifesting on the living standard of the beneficiaries.
Bello expressed optimism that “soon we are going to start infrastructural development in about 400 communities that have given support to the project.”
He said the State Government is the one that is given World Bank the go ahead for this project, hence the need for the corporation to appreciate the government and pleaded with the government for continuation.
In his opening remarks the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Fadama III, Dr. Stephen Meshelia, stated that the workshop was planned for four local government areas of Fufore, Girei, Yola North as well as Yola South.
Dr. Meshelia noted that he was impressed with the turnout of the beneficiaries, which was a clear indication of the beneficiaries willingness to learn the best practice from the consultants, stressing that, “we have implemented this project under various phases.”
He urged the participants to be attentive to the lectures by the consultants to enable them acquire knowledge and be specialist in their areas of endeavour as to become useful to themselves, their families and the society at large.
Also contributing, the Community Development Officer for Fadama III, Mrs Uwani Mohammed, observed that the gesture is as a result of the level of poverty that visited most households that prompted Fadama III to come to their rescue and warned the beneficiaries not to sell the items to them but to use them to improve their living standard.
Speaking to newsmen, the consultant from Digihome Global Services Limited, Ahmed Murtala Heejab, noted that the level of insurgency in the North-East has reduced drastically while the people in most of the affected communities are recorded scarcity of food items and social amenities.
SOURCE: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER