Sunday, 22 March 2020

C'River Govt. suspends APPEAL empowerment Program, see reason

The training of Women and Youths under the APPEALS Project ongoing at the Songhai integrated Ltd. Farms Itigidi has been suspended indefinitely sequel to the Covid 19 pandemic and the directives of the Federal governments to close down all Training Institutions till further notice. 

According to a statement signed by the project Coordinator in the state, Marcel Agim, the suspension order was issued by the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon. Ntufam Okon Owuna, Sunday 22 March 2020. 

APPEALS is an Acronym for Agro Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support – A  six-year project developed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with the World Bank and other stakeholders designed to support policy thrusts on Food Security, Local Production, Job Creation and Economic Diversification

Cross River State is one of the six benefiting states in the country with the projects domesticated in the state and called Women & Youth Empowerment Programme, WYEP-Cross River APPEALS 

The Training for 1700 beneficiaries in the state had since began on the 9th March at the Songhai integrated Farms Ltd. Itigidi, Abi Local Government Area. 

The Schedule for the training as published on the project's official Facebook Page indicates as follows:
*Batch (1) 9th-23rd March, 2020

*Batch (2) 27th March -10th April, 2020

*Batch (3)14th -28th April, 2020 

*Batch (4) 2nd -16th May, 2020.

But with the pandemic nature of Coronavirus which has grounded activities world wide, the project has been put on hold till further notice.