The Enugu State Government has pledged its commitment to ensure the full implementation of the APPEALS Project as part of a strategy to achieve the State Government’s 8-point Agenda of boosting food production and job creation.
The State Deputy Governor and Chairman, State Steering Committee of the APPEALS Project in the State – Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo revealed this at the opening ceremony of the ongoing Pre-6th Implementation Support Mission ahead of the Project’s Midterm Review by the World Bank in February, 2021.
Mrs Ezeilo said the APPEALS Project is designed to enhance agricultural productivity of small and medium-scale farmers and improve value addition along the State’s priority value chains of Cashew, Poultry, and Rice.
She appealed to the National Coordinating Office of the Project to assist the state to fast-track the implementation of the project as it’s lagging behind compared to other participating states in the Project.
In his presentation, the National Project Coordinator, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Jodi explained that the ongoing Pre-implementation Support Mission is to review implementation progress across all project components to ensure the project is on track to achieve its development objectives.
In his vote of thanks, the State Project Coordinator, Enugu APPEALS – Mr. Christian Nwachukwu Odigbo thanked and appreciated the support of the state government on the implementation of the project in the state.
As part of the pre-mission exercise in the state, field visits to six Cluster Associations of Poultry, Rice processing, and Cashew production have been scheduled for today, January 28, 2021.