Gawuna attributes success of APPEALS project to the commitment APPEALS management
The Kano State Deputy Governor, Dr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has attributed the successes recorded in the implementation of Agro-processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project to APPEALS management and non interference of the State government as it always give the State Project Coordinator free hand to operate.
The Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman, State Steering Committee of APPEALS project, made the remark at a dinner organised for participants of the FG/ World Bank 8th Implementation Support Mission, held in Kano between 16th and 18th June, 2022.
According to the statement signed by the Communication Officer of the project, Rabi Mustapha, Gawuna said the kind of innovations introduced by the State APPEALS Project Coordinator, Malam Hassan Ibrahim had also contributed to the successes recorded in Kano State.
He commended the SPC for his commitment to ensure the success of the entire project adding that "You are doing a good job and I'm sure one day very soon, you will be somewhere.
"When I went round to see what had been done at aggregate centres and cottage industries, the happiness I saw in the faces of the farmers was overwhelming.
"When I saw the tomatoes at green houses belonging to women and they were selling food, I felt very happy because they are part of us," Gawuna said.
The Deputy Governor, who commended the entire members of the team for their individual sacrifices, said the success so far recorded is just the beginning of APPEALS programmes in the state.
Also speaking, the Task Team Leader from the World Bank, Dr Adetunji Oredipe commended Gawuna for establishing Kano Agric Microfinance Bank for farmers in the state as the initiative would enable farmers to have a bank of their own and to remain in business.
He said the bank when operational, would give farmers the opportunity to have access to finance for the sustenance of their business.
Oredipe, further lauded the state government for making effort to form an Association of APPEALS Project beneficiaries to enable them to continue to manage their business even after the winding up of the project.