Kaduna State and its APPEALS

By Mainasara Aminu

It is clear that Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is working literally like a big bull-dozer to revitalize Kaduna State in many respects. Some aspects – such as unprecedented urban renewal works and comprehensive rehabilitation of schools and hospitals – stand out because they are happening in public glare. A more significant silent revolution may be taking place in agriculture, the source of livelihood for an estimated 70 per cent of the state’s population.

One of the outstanding programmes in this direction is the Kaduna State Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) project with a total target of 10,000 direct and 50,000 indirect beneficiaries across the 23 Local Government Areas. Of the 10,000 direct beneficiaries, 1,700 are benefitting under the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) while 8,300 are being supported under the Community Interest Groups (CIGs) and the Small…

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