The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has mapped out strategies for effective monitoring of development/ donor partners funded projects.
The Minister of State, Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri while declaring open a one day meeting of the Joint Administrative Implementation Completion Review of closed projects in Abuja, said the strategies which include the formation of the Project Coordinating unit (PCU) by the ministry was in line with the Federal Government’s directive that all development/ donor partner funded projects must be coordinated and supervised for maximum documentation, accountability, transparency and probity.
Senator Lokpobiri said that the focus of the ministry now is to redirect attention to agriculture in its entirety and empower Nigerian people in a productive and sustainable manner.
He stated that, “Our aim is to redirect attention to agriculture in its entirety and empower our people in a productive and sustainable manner. This entails treating agriculture as a business to create wealth and provide employment and take us from being an import dependent country to a self-sufficient nation with surplus for export to earn foreign exchange.”
The minister who was represented by his Senior Technical Adviser on Agribusiness, Eniye Ambakederemo informed the meeting that indications from the recent past developments partners funded projects showed duplication of efforts,inefficiencies in the utilization of resources and poor coordination resulting in non- optimal impact of the interventions on the country’s agricultural sector.
The minister mentioned the donor funded projects closed in 2017 which include the West African Agricultural Productivity Project (WAAPP); Rural Finance Institution Building Project (RUFIN) and Commercial Agriculture Development Project.
He tasked the Project Coordinating Unit of the ministry to not only assess the project implementation activities but to also produce an acceptable compendium of data from analysis of reports and map out strategies for effective review systems in line with acceptable positive economic realities.