Commissioner advises communities to report setbacks in “Palm to Palm” project

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OWERRI – Imo State Government has called on communities experiencing setbacks in `Palm to Palm’ project to to relevant ministry for swift resolution.

Commissioner for Community Government Council, Culture and Traditional Affairs, Chief Val Mbamala, made call in an with News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri on .

He said ministry had been working with special adviser to governor on palms and fruits on the ways to realise the project.

The commissioner said that guidance and assistance would be provided by the ministry to such communities.

“Some communities have not been able to start this project because minor setbacks; such communities are advised to to this ministry with their so that we can provide the assistance or direct them to appropriate quarters for prompt resolution their problems,” he said.

He added that the ministry would meet traditional rulers in the state to ascertain communities which had not commenced the project.

Mbamala said the project would reduce the over-dependence on federal allocation and also make the Community Government Council self sufficient.

“Agriculture has become the mainstay of many countries; Gov. Rochas Okorocha was wise enough to release the benefits of having palm plantations in every community.

“By the time this project is fully realised, we will become less dependent on federal allocations; most communities can even survive only on their internally generated ,” he said.

The commissioner appealed to the communities to ensure that the grant of N300,000 the state government was utilised judiciously.

“We appeal to the communities to ensure that the grant for this project is not diverted or used for any other , rather be used judiciously to achieve this goal,” he said. (NAN)