Grassfield project management team told to produce results

Steering committee members pose for  a pic with the minister and SDF National Chairman John Fru Ndi

Steering committee members pose for a pic with the minister and SDF National Chairman John Fru Ndi

The members of the Project implementation unit (PIU) and the steering committee members of the Grassfield Project have been told to use the second phase of the project to transform the agriculture of the Northwest into the second generation status.

Agriculture and Rural Development minister Essimi Menye said at a ceremony to officially commission them into office at the Bamenda Congress Hall on Wednesday. The minister emphasized on the need for the project to transform the infrastructure of the region to attain this level, high add value to Northwest agricultural products and for the region as a whole to tap out from the benefits of the road linking Cameroon and Nigeria.

Speaking earlier, the Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council said the close to 20 billion allocated for the 2nd phase of the Grassfield Project will go a long way to alleviate poverty in the rural milieu in the region where poverty is still rife.  He called on the minister to help open farm to market roads across the northwest to help booster the income of the rural masses in a region where industries are lacking.

The management committee of the project is lead by the Governor of the Northwest Region, and include amongst others the director of MIDENO, a representatives of the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Finance, Economic Planning and Regional Development, the Regional Delegates of Agriculture, Public Works, Forestry and Wild Life, Environment and Nature Protection, Women Empowerment, Livestock, a representative of each of the involved farming basins, the civil society and professional organizations amongst others.

The PUI shall be coordinated by Muluh Gregory. The Steering committee oversees that government policies are implemented by the PIU, and make sure it meets to plan and deadlines, approve annual work plan and follow up that the activities of the project meet existing laws and are effectively implemented.

The Grass field Project come into being in 2004 following a study carried out by the Mission for the Development of the North West (MIDENO) in 2000 showing low standard of living amongst the rural population of region.  The project is financed through a loan by the African Development Bank and the government of Cameroon, with some 19 billion frs to be pumped into the 2nd phase of the project.  The first phase received some 12 billion Frs.

 

By Ako Emmanuel 

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