IDIPR HOLDS 18TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Dignitaries, Stakeholders, Officials of Government And Non-Governmental Organizations, Traditional title holders, market men of women, directors etc. all gathered on 31st may, 2018 to grace the 18th Annual General Meeting of the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction. Gaily dressed men and women resplendent their native attires giving the Heritage Hall, Aafin Awujale the atmosphere of convality
The high table paraded the likes of the Chief Olu Okuboyejo, one of the Trustee members, who also represented the Trustee Chairman Prof. Mabogunje, also on the high table was the chairman of the Board, Prof. O.K. Alausa, Secretary to the board Prof. Abeke Adesanya, Alhaji Mosoro, who heavily represented the Honourable Commissioner of Ogun State, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Ajayi Adekunle, the Director of Fisheries, Ogun State, Ministry of Agriculture. 253 people graced the occasion.
Notice of the meeting was read out by the Board Secretary and followed by Chairman speech, who listed the achievements of the Board in the year 2017, which included the income over expenditure of well over Eleven million naira (N11 million) as against over two million naira recorded in 2016, and achievement as follows:
The economic challenges and uncertainties of the year 2017 during which several businesses across the globe were either forced to fold up or downsize their operations the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR) was able to successfully swim against the tide recorded Excess of Income over Expenditure of well over Eleven million Naira (N11 million as against over two million Naira) recorded in 2016, even with the significant exodus of farmers from some of the villages, reduction in production and profitability etc.
Chief Okuboyejo with the representative of the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Mosuro.
This cheering report was however overshadowed by the announcement of the death of two directors of Board during the year. They were (Dr) Mrs. M.A. Akinbajo (Dupmos) and retired chief magistrate Abdul Mojeed Adesina Olukayode Onilogbo.
Professor Alausa did not forget to inform the IDIPR Trustees and Directors that the success story was exclusive of the profit made by stakeholders in the different co-operative Groups as well as the direct and indirect service providers on the various farm villages. He said the Initiatives marketing Micro-finance programme had impacted positively on the operation in the various marketing and afforded woman and men in business to access loans from the Initiative resulting in the disbursement of over N800 million as revolving loans to 10,424 beneficiaries with recovery rate in the average of 98.5 percent.
The Trustees and Directors were also informed of the “continued outstanding success the Initiative had made in its Enterprise Development Programmes (EDP) comprising such Agriculture Enterprises such as Bee Keeping, Pineapple production, Poultry, Piggery, Vegetable production, Fish farming , Cassava, Maize production, Cocoa plantation, Rubber plantation, Fish processing, Rice farming etc.
Cross section of IDIPR Board of Directors
To date the chairman said the Initiative had been able to use its cluster Innovation farming system or the Eriwe Model to settle its farmer stakeholders in nine (9) farm villages across Ijebu land namely:
- Eriwe 156 hectares
- Imodi-ijasi 100 hectares
- Odo-jobore 51 hectares
- Ijesha Ijebu 131 hectares
- Oke Nla 50 hectares
- Ilodo 50 hectares
- Imodi – Ijasi/Igede 100 hectares
- Ilushin farm estate 60 hectares
Adoption of the auditor’s reports as presented by Mr. Azeez Iwaloye of Chief Idowu Oshifodunrin & Co. was moved by Pastor Olukoga (FCU President) and was unanimously carried by the whole house.
Alhaji Mosuro of Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture then gave speech on behalf of the Hon. Commissioner of Agriculture, Ogun State.
He stated the fact that there was a symbiotic relationship between agriculture and economic development, given the multifaceted role of agriculture in the provision of food, raw materials for industries and employment opportunities for Nigeria’s teeming population.
He commended IDIPR for alleviating poverty in Ogun State through its various enterprises projects for being a point of references in Nigeria and a place to showcase to guests of the state and as the largest fish cluster farm in West Africa by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He concluded by thanking the Grand Patron, Trustees, Executive Directors, Board Directors and the Administrative Staff for the roles in moving IDIPR forward.
The Youth-in-Agric Programme was then flagged of by Mrs. Adekunbi Oyejide with 10 youths (4 females and 6 males) by presenting a cheque of N 2,192,230 to the President of IDIPR Premier Youth-In-Agric CMS which serves as capital/entry cost for the project.
The 18th AGM came to an end after all hands went up to accept the report of the Account which showed excess income and expenditure for the year in review from the previous year.
Dignitaries, Stakeholders, Officials of Government And Non-Governmental Organizations, Traditional title holders, market men of women, directors etc. all gathered on 31st may, 2018 to grace the 18th Annual General Meeting of the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction. Gaily dressed men and women resplendent their native attires giving the Heritage Hall, Aafin Awujale the atmosphere of convalityView More
Multiplier Effects of IDIPR Projects
The multiplier effects of IDIPR activities in Ijebuland have been considerable. The programmes have helped to ginger economic activities in the city and its environs because welders, bricklayers, feed millers, food sellers, spare parts dealers, artisans, tradesmen, tailors, photographers, transporters, market women/men and farmers, to mention a few, are directly and indirectly benefiting from the respective projects of the Board.
An impact assessment sponsored by the Ford Foundation was carried out by independent consultants in the first six years of the Board’s existence. The report was astounding. I am sure if it is carried out today, it will be far more amazing.
He is a robust and multi-disciplinary professional. He holds Nigerian Certificate in Education with bias in Agricultural Science and Geography, (1989) Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counseling/Geography (1997) and Master Degree in Public Administration (2004). He bags Post Graduate Diploma in Data Processing and has also undertaken special external courses and on-the-job training in personnel, finance, public relations, management and poverty reduction matter etc. He is a member of Certified Board of Administrators (MCBA)View More
She is the Accountant of the Board. She holds Bachelor of Science in Accounting (2004) and Diploma in Marketing (1998) both at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. She started Community/Public Service with Ajose Community Bank Ltd as the Account Clerk in 1992 and rose to the post of the Accountant until ..View More