World Bank commends implementation of agric programmes in Nigeria


World Bank supervision team has commended the implementation of West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme, WAAPP, in Nigeria.
The team gave the commendation on the sideline of the 9th Supervision Mission of WAAPP in Ibadan.
WAAPP is a World Bank sponsored programme in the auspices of ECOWAS aimed at boosting agricultural productivity and enhancing diplomatic ties in the sub region.
The team leader, Mr. Shehu Salau, told journalists that the project was being implemented accordingly, noting that the implementers had done better than expected in some areas.
“I am very pleased with what I have seen even with little money; because the funding for WAAPP is very small when compared to other World Bank or donor supported projects.
“They have worked within the agreement signed and overall, it is excellent.
“The implementing institutions have done very well and some of them have even gone beyond the call of duty like we have seen,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that project site visited include Federal Institute for Industrial Research, Oshodi, Federal Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research and Nobex Tech Company, all in Lagos State.
The team also visited the National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Institute for Agricultural Research and Training and the Department of Fisheries and Aqua Culture Management, University of Ibadan in Oyo State.
Salau explained that WAAPP was designed to be implemented over two phases, saying that the second phase was dependent on the successes of the first phase and willingness of the host country to participate in the second.
He said Nigeria should be going into the second phase based on the performance of the first phase but the government had to apply for either additional financing or indicate interest to participate in the second phase.
The team leader said Nigeria was very important in the sub region saying, “if any project works …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot