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We'll ensure prompt payment of counterpart funds- Abiodun

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The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abidoun has disclosed that his administration would continue to ensure the continuous payment of counterpart funds towards realising the development the state requires.

Prince Abiodun who made this known when he received the FGN/OGSG (IFAD ASSISTED) VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME team led by its Marketing Enterprise Development Advisor, Hajia Fatima Muktar Buhari at the Governor's office, Oke-Mosan.
L-R: Hajia Fatima Muktar-Buhari, Marketing Enterprise Adviser of FGN/Ogun State Value Chain Development Programme, receiving a gift of Ogun State-made adire fabric from the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele at the Governor's office, Abeokuta on Tuesday

Gov Abiodun said that his administration would not relent in its effort at ensuring that a cordial relationship continues to exist between his administration and other agencies that could help in realising the developmental objectives of the state that citizens would be proud of.

The Governor who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, said that his administration having known quite well that government alone can not bring the needed development, opted to ensure that it fullfills its own obligation to agencies that would help actualise its dream of a better state by paying up to date its own counterpart fund, promised that his administration would not delay in its responsibility of releasing it's own fund.

Abiodun, while commending the Value chain Development Programme for supporting the Agriculture sector in the state through the building of access roads and bridges for the easy movement of produce to the market, said that his administration is concerned with the issue of access roads, especially rural roads across the state.

The Governor who also added that his administration since its inception having been able to identify some crucial roads that would be needed for the easy movement of agric produce across the state, had embarked on the rehabilitation and construction of some of the roads, adding that it is only a matter of time for farmers in the state to start to have unhindered access to the market.

"The VCDP programme been one that impacts the entire value chain has supported producers, processors, marketers and also in the infrastructure sector. We heard that some roads and bridges has been built to ensure that the produce can get to the market with a lot of ease.

"We, as an administration, are very concerned with the issue of access roads for farmers and this is one of the main things we have been working on in the last year, we have identified crucial roads that are needed for agric produce to get to the market and we have embarked on the rehabilitation and construction of some of these roads," he said.

Earlier in her response, the Marketing Enterprise Development Advisor, FGN/OGSG (IFAD ASSISTED) VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, Hajia Fatima Buhari  who noted that the VCDP team which had been monitoring and supervising all of its project around the state under the Value chain Programme is glad that the state is one of the best states that the program has across the country.

Hajia Buhari who also added that the team was in the state to link up the cassava farmers, most especially the youths and women with offtakers, noted that the Value Chain Programme would want the state government to  continue on the right track it was already on, by continuously releasing its counterpart funds.

On his part, the Project Officer, FGN/OGSG (IFAD ASSISTED) VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, Samuel Adeogun who commended the present administration in the state for the support the program has received in the state, added that the state was also able to pay an outstanding 2018 counterpart fund at a time when most of the programs at other states was not enjoying the payment of their counterpart fund.