FG launches graduate farmer scheme in Kogi
… As Funds Meant For State MDG Projects Allegedly Diverted
To keep faith with campaign promise of job creation and diversification of the economy, the APC-led Federal government has launched Graduate Farmer Initiative in Kogi and other states across the federation. The scheme, which will subsequently be launched across all the River Basins in the country, will engage 50 graduates in each batch.
The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, who made the disclosure yesterday, in Lokoja, during a courtesy visit to Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, indicated that the historical importance of the state and confluence of rivers Niger and Benue in Lokoja, has made it strategic to the economic diversification drive of the present administration.
Adamu said this year, the Ministry of water resources has taken steps to reviving the River Basin by signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Songhai farm based in Benin Republic for cross fertilisation of ideas on river basin operations.
Meanwhile, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 2013/2013 projects, in Kogi, have suffered serious a setback, as funds earmarked and approved for the projects across the 21 local governments have allegedly been misappropriated.
This was contained in the interim report on the State MDGs/SDGs project appraisal as at July 23, 2016, presented by Abdulmummuni Okara, Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on the projects during a stakeholders’ forum at Government House.