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June 21, 2024

Gov. Ododo Inaugurates Technical Committee to Oversee L-PRES Project in Kogi 

Governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Usman Ododo, has launched a Steering and Technical Committee to oversee the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support (L-PRES) Project. 

The committee, responsible for enhancing livestock productivity, was officially inaugurated on Tuesday evening in Lokoja by the governor. 

This was disclosed in a statement released by Richard Alabi, the project’s spokesman, and shared with newsmen on Wednesday.

Represented by his Technical Adviser on Multilateral and Donor Funded Projects, Dr. Abdullahi Sanni Ozomata, Governor Ododo urged the committees, along with the management and staff of Kogi State L-PRES, to strictly adhere to guidelines that align with international best practices. 

“The Project is expected to add value to livestock farming in the state, aiming to improve commercialisation of productivity and resilience,” he said.

Ozomata noted that the focus of the project was on three value chains, including Sheep and Goat, Cattle, and Poultry farming, and aims to improve the livelihoods of livestock farmers in the state through increased productivity. 

“Apart from thousands of employment opportunities generated by the project, the L-PRES project will enhance food security, a key priority of this administration,” he remarked.

Kogi State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security and Chairman of the State Steering Committee, Hon. Timothy Ojoma, stressed the need for collaboration among the Technical and Steering Committees and the Project Implementation Unit to ensure the successful implementation of the Livestock Productivity and Resilience Support Project (L-PRES) in the state. 

He expressed delight that Kogi State is among the beneficiaries of the project and urged all stakeholders to work together to ensure its effective and efficient implementation. 

He urged the State Coordinating Office to avoid actions that could hinder the effective and efficient implementation of the project.

Ojoma also called on the committee members to carry out their responsibilities to the people of Kogi State with dedication and a sense of duty. In his remarks, the State Commissioner for Water Resources, Engineer Yahaya Farouk, assured the committee of his ministry’s full support for the successful implementation of the project in the state.

The State Project Coordinator, Dr. Olufemi Bolarin, described the project as a catalyst for the state’s transformation, resilience, and inclusive growth through its key components, including strengthening national livestock institutions, enhancing value chain performance, and crisis prevention and management.

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