In its response to boosting food security in Northern Nigeria, OXFAM in Kebbi, an International Organization through its PROACT project funded by the European Union and Implemented by the Development Exchange Center, has said that replicating its community development model in various local government areas of the state will improve food security and alleviate poverty.
Usman Faleye, PROACT Governance and Influencing Coordinator gave the statement during the Kebbi State-Wide Joint Local Government Areas Learning Meeting in Birnin Kebbi yesterday.
According to Faleye, the 15 intervention components of the PROACT project has, as its strategic objective, improved livelihoods, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable groups in Kebbi and Adamawa States of Northern Nigeria.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Mr. Sani Mohammed, in his address, described the Community development projects carried out by OXFAM as “a great intervention which is complementing the LGAs’ effort”, and promised to partner with OXFAM through funding and replicating its strategies in community development.
Speaking differently, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and her counterpart in Budget Planning, Aisha Usman, represented by the Director, Budget Planning said OXFAM was playing an active role in assisting the Federal and State governments to fight poverty.
While appreciating OXFAM for its timely response to improving food security, lead farmer – Ahmad Muhammad Kola, one of the 35,000 beneficiaries of the PROACT project, said he and several others recorded more yields through the improved seedlings and farming-operations training offered by OXFAM.
The 3-day meeting which is expected to end Wednesday had, in its attendance, Directors Personel Management and Directors Budget and planning from all the 21 Local Government Areas of the State, Heads of Government agencies and media officials.