Constituency projects being implemented by federal lawmakers across the country will now be monitored by the Federal Government.
The Executive Director of the Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute, Prof. Olufemi Peters, who disclosed this in Minna, Niger State yesterday, said some research institutes and agencies have been put in place to ensure the monitoring.
Speaking at the “Training and Empowerment of Youth and Women in Beans Processing and Value Chain” organised by a member of the House of Representatives from Chanchangi federal constituency of Niger State Hon. Umar Mohamned Bago for 100 youths and women, Peters said that the reason for monitoring the implementation of the constituency projects being executed by federal lawmakers across the country was to ensure the quality of the projects and their standardisation.
According to him, the Nigeria Stored Products Research Institute has been actively involved in the execution of such projects in the south western part of the country, citing constituency projects by the House of Representatives Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Yussuf Lasun, and the House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, as examples.
The executive director, who was represented by a researcher in the institute, Mr Olagbaju Akinloye, said the training in beans processing and value chain would eliminate waste and generate income for participants, adding that the nation was already exporting beans in its processed form.
The Chief of staff to Bago, Alhaji Abdulkareem Abdulhameed, disclosed that more than N200 million had been expended on the empowerment of over 2,000 youths and women in the constituency in the last two years.
He added that the training on beans value chain would empower additional 100 women and youths, adding that starter packs and some cash backing would be given to the participants at the end of the programme.
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