” Ozomata” The Voice and Not Noise,Silent Achiever

The impeccable Dr Ozomata , a Public figure of great repute. The affable, agreeable, amiable, charming, gregarious,sympathetic ,diplomatic, impartial and detribalized astute of an ideal perfect young man.
These are genuine quality of a personality I refer to as man the moment and future.

The Kogi State APPEALS Project Coordinator, Dr Abdullahi Sanni Ozomata whose achievements are huge and palpable . Dr Ozomata a voice without noise where achievement are done silently. A protégé who is in the right direction of the energetic and indefatigable digital governor Governor Yahaya Bello . The initiated programs have touched and affected positively the lives of kogites in the three senatorial districts despite being an indigene from the Kogi central but the good will projects cut across almost every nook and crannies of the state where no part of the state was left behind.

Dr Ozomata’s achievements have not gone unnoticed with a lot of proves to show for it. Most kogites have benefited direct or indirectly from these projects. There are various examples of this magnanimous idealistic projects of emancipation from poverty in Kogi state .

The Integrated Farm Village

The state coordination office has been in collaboration with the Kogi state government working towards the establishment of Integrated Farm Village for beneficiaries under the APPEALS -Women and Youth Empowerment Programme since 2020.

The Coordinator said “the proposed Integrated Farm Village will ensure the successful subproject implementation, result-based monitoring and supervision, sustainability and the achievement of the project development objective of APPEALS in Kogi state.”

Dr Ozomata made this known September 2O2O during the graduation ceremony for the last batch of beneficiaries trained under the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme held at the College of Agriculture, Kabba.

In his words when the Integrated Farm Village becomes operational it will enable beneficiaries to access common user infrastructure at minimum cost within the funding limits of the programme.

He said the farm village will be sited at locations in the three senatorial districts of the state.

He told the beneficiaries that the state coordination office has already begun the comprehensive review of the business plans submitted by beneficiaries earlier trained by the project and stated that following the collaboration with the Corporate Affairs Commission registration of the business name for beneficiaries is in progress.

What more can we say about this astutely sage man rather than seeking for God mercy upon him.

Appeals project Kogi farmers Record 6O % Rice yield increase

Under Dr Ozomata watch and meticulous guidance Kogi Farmers recorded 60% rice yield increase .
Rice farmers in Kogi State that benefited from the Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project (APPEALS) said the adoption of improved farming practices and other support facilitated by project has increased their rice yield by 60 per cent.

The farmers, who disclosed this during the documentation of the implementation of the Value Chain Investment Plan (VCIPs), led by the state project coordinator, Dr. Ozomata, said the support, such as the provision of improved rice seedlings and exposure to best farming practices, is responsible for the bumper harvest.

In the same vein a farmer under the Ojodomo Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Ibaji Local Council, Mr. Atama Akpagi, who commended the project coordinator, said the transplanting methods have made so much difference in their harvest this year, compared to the previous years.

The Testimonies knows no bounds

Mr. Atama said: “Before the intervention of the APPEALS project, we usually harvest 100 bags of 100kg but with the support, we harvested 150 bags. While in our group of 10 members, our previous year’s harvest was 400 bags of 110kg, we later harvested 550 bags of 100kg.”

A total of 342 rice farmers from 27 Commodity Interest Groups (CIGS), covering 782 hectares located in Ibaji, Idah and Yagba West council areas were supported with relevant inputs and training for the year 2021 wet farming season.

A rice farmer in Echa Ejeba Cluster, Idah council area, Mr. David Ojoba, said: “Before the APPEALS project, what I usually produce is low, but now I have been able to produce more rice paddy than before.

“The rice I produce this year is richer than the previous year because the APPEALS Project support has lifted my production.”
Normally, before the intervention, I produce about 20-25 bags, but now I have been able to produce 40 bags, which is very encouraging. The Kogi APPEALS gave us training on how to manage the input they provided, how to use and apply the chemicals and fertilizers. I thank Kogi APPEALS for all their support.”

Another rice farmer at Omi Village in Yagaba West council area, Mr. Kayode Ola, who said he was initially skeptical about the genuine nature of the project, based on past experiences, said he decided to give APPEALS project a trial and now he hasn’t regretted the move.

He expressed his joy on the project because of the support given to rice farmers at Omi village. He said he has been struggling with his rice farm over the years because of financial constraint to farm on a large scale, adding that with the support, he has used the proceeds from sales of the produce to further sponsor his children in school and improve his livelihood.

Kogi State Appeals Project A Life Changing Initiative

Appeals project has been using Adavi more often as a place to host the beneficiaries in Kogi Central for couple years they embarked on the project where hundreds of people including women, youths, and farmers from Adavi LGA benefited after they went through the screening, interview, and training inline with the World bank policy before they were been selected.

Dr Ozomata clarify and stated that the selection of the beneficiaries was done based on merit, and no local government in Kogi State was left out.

“We are here to let you know how far we have come and what we were able to achieve so far, and to also establish a smooth relationship with your government and you as the Chief Security of the LGA. We will like to also seek your permission to accompany us as we are going to inspect the projects in your local government.” he added.

Hundreds of Physically Challenged Persons Complete Kogi APPEALS Agric Training

Even the physically challenge persons are not left out as 102 persons with disabilities and special needs who are beneficiaries of the World Bank Agro-Processing Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) Project -Women and Youth Empowerment Programme completed their training activity at the College of Agriculture, Kabba.

The beneficiaries were trained along their chosen value chains of Rice, Poultry, Aquaculture and Cassava, Cashew.

Dr Abdullahi Sanni Ozomata is the man, a clarion call. Leader who wants to serve for the sake of humanity

Writer : Abdullahi Ohida Mohammed
A journalist and public analyst

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