World Bank commends ECOWAS’ agric programme in Nigeria
World Bank at the weekend commended the implementation of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) in Nigeria.
The team gave the commendation on the sidelines of the 9th Supervision Mission of WAAPP in Ibadan.
WAAPP is a World Bank sponsored programme under the auspices of ECOWAS aimed at boosting agricultural productivity and enhancing diplomatic ties in the sub-region.
The team leader, Mr. Shehu Salau, told reporters that the project was being implemented accordingly, noting that the implementers had done better than expected in some areas.
“I am very pleased with what I have seen even with little money; because the funding for WAAPP is very small when compared to other World Bank or donor supported projects. They have worked within the agreement signed and overall, it is excellent. The implementing institutions have done very well and some of them have even gone beyond the call of duty like we have seen,” he said.
Salau explained that Nigeria should be going into the second phase based on the performance of the first phase but the government had to apply for either additional financing or indicate interest to participate in the second phase.
Also speaking, Mr. Ibrahim Matazu, Chief Administrative Officer, International Economic Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance, said that the assessment of the project reflected prudent implementation.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Finance, being the borrower of the funds, was satisfied with the implementation so far.
“As a matter of fact, we have requested for the implementation of the programme for another six months, we are waiting for the bank to respond before the decision on the additional financing or the second phase is made.