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Sani Ibrahim
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,University
Agricultural economics and extension
100Level, Nigeria.
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The Federal Government said it would lift 100 millions
Nigerians out of poverty through the planting of trees, waste
recycling and setting up and equipping vocational centres,
which would be done in collaboration with foreign partners.
This is even as it ruled out the option of distributing
motorcycles, grinding machines and generators, describing the
tactics as temporal empowerment.
The Head of Inter-Ministerial Expert Technical Committee on
the Coordination of Inter- Governmtal Projects under Federal
Ministry Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Bassey
Etim-Ikang, stated this yesterday in Abuja, at the end of a 2-
day meeting.
Etim-Ikang, who is the Director, Human Resources, explained
that the committee would compile its report and forward it to
the Committee of 9 Ministers in charge in the implementation
of the project.
He said: “We are looking at the hanging fruits. Different
ministries have core mandate. Most of are not fully actualised.
“The time frame for this inter-ministerial committee is from
now till 2023. But you know that when we say 2023, you know
that Mr President had said 10 years, meaning it is going to be
continued
“We have climate change adaptation as a project. What we do
is to form a cluster. And in any cluster we have a link MDAs.
“Climate change is not rainfall and sunshine. We look at it
from the environment that we can provide an alternative.
“We are looking at waste to wealth that we can also use to
address power and other. We are looking at empowering our
people when it comes to vocational centres.
“We have looked at cottage industries along economic
corridors. We have areas with surplus fruits, soybeans,
cassava and palm oil. And then we are looking at the seasonal
period; when it is harvest time we consume. When there is
planting time we lack.
“We believe that we can do agro processing. If we do agro
processing in the 6 geopolitical zones we are absorbing people
into jobs. And with that we are stimulating the farmers to go
and produce more because the farmers know that when he
produces, he has a terminal point to sell.
“So, taking people out of it is not about giving tricycle and
grinding machine. It is a temporal empowerment. We have all
looked at that.
“Over the years, that has been done even by the politicians,
and it has not taken us anywhere. So, we are looking at
something that is sustainable. We want to engage the
community.
Meanwhile, a consultant to the Ministry of Special Duties and
Inter governmental Affairs, Professor Babatunde Bernard,
explained that the project would be fully implemented.
He said that with the calibre of ministers and the support of
the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, state governments would be
ready to dole out lands for projects.
He said: “There would a cohesion and coordination and
execution.
‘Contrary to some of the problem they have is that when they
go to the states and ask for a land to plant trees it takes for
ever. They will claim they don’t have land.
“In this inter ministerial coordination, under this platform, the
representative of the ministers and governors forum, if we
agree that we want to do afforestation by the time we get to
states, land would be ready for them”

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