By Usman Mohammed Zaria
Jigawa State Government has urged the beneficiaries of COVID-19 NG Cares to ensure proper record keeping at community level for the continuity and sustainability of the program.
The State Coordinator Fadama III Project, Alhaji Aminu Isah Ringim stated this at the community based procurement training to farmers held in Kazaure and Dutse local government areas of the state.
He further explained that, the aim of the training was to equip the procurement committees on the procurement guidelines and significance of record keeping.
Alhaji Aminu Isah Ringim noted that, over 200 members of the committee were selected from the farmers associations to ensure fairness and objectivity in the implementation of the NG Cares project.
He said the program is in collaboration with world Bank, Federal and Jigawa state Government that earmarked 1.7 billion naira in order to cushion the effect of covid-19 on farmers in the state.
Aminu Ringim, called on the participants to make good use of what they learnt during the training.
In his speech, the state Managing Director, Agricultural and Rural Development Authority JARDA Alhaji Imam Mohammed Hadejia explained that, the aim of the training was to assist local contractors, female farmers as well as procurement officers in all the 27 local government areas of the state on technical know how in order to achieve the desired objectives.
He also urged the beneficiaries to utilize the support accordingly in their respective areas.
Also speaking, the representative of the state Due Process and Project Monitoring Bureau, Alhaji Nura Ado Jahun who is also the monitoring and evaluation officer of J-CARES said Governor Badaru Abubakar’s administration has accorded much priority to the agricultural sector in the state.
Radio Nigeria reports that, some of the beneficiaries said, the support will help the farmers to recover from the pain and hardship they are going through as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.