The Executive Chairman of the West African Association for Cross Border Trade in Agro Forestry, Pastoral, Fisheries Product and Food (WACTAF), Alhaji Salami Alaso-Adua and his Executive Members paid a courtesy visit to the Management of BCDA at the Agency’s Corporate Head Office in Abuja on Wednesday 9th February 2022. The visit was to seek a good working relationship with the Agency by harmonizing the areas of common interest of both organizations that will enhance the development and progress of the people living at the Border Communities in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary BCDA, in his welcome address, appreciated the Executive Chairman WACTAF for the good work his association is doing in the Border Communities. The Executive Secretary stated further that the Agency is saddled with the responsibility of developing the Nation’s Border Communities by providing Socio-Economic and Infrastructural amenities and therefore understands and identifies the challenges in the development of the Border Communities.
The Executive Chairman WACTAF, expressed delight in the meeting with the Executive Secretary and the BCDA Management Team as it gave him and his association the opportunity for a presentation on the state of development in the Border Communities. The meeting also marks the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between WACTAF and BCDA, which will enhance the lives and livelihood of the people living in the Border Communities in the Area of Agriculture and Agro business. He also mentioned that the economic empowerment of the youths in these Border Communities would solve the prevailing challenges of insecurity along the Borders.
During the robust interactive session in the course of the meeting, the BCDA Management Team through the Deputy Director and Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Mr. Sadiq Abdullahi Isa highlighted the milestones achieved by the Agency from inception and the numerous developmental projects that it has executed in different sectors over the years and its impact on the Border Communities. He enumerated on the critical areas of intervention ranging from Agriculture, Commerce, Water and Sanitation etc. He said the Agency has been able to provide training for Women and Youth in the area of Agriculture, construction of Border Markets for trade and provision of earth dams for source of water for irrigation and animals amongst other projects.
The WACTAF Team whilst acknowledging the efforts of the Agency, appealed for more developmental intervention in the Border Communities and thereafter presented the Executive Secretary with a detailed profile on Agricultural products available in the 36 States of Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary BCDA, Captain Junaid Abdullahi also presented the Executive Chairman WACTAF with copies of the BCDA Project Compendium and reassured the WACTAF Team that the Agency will continue to provide socio-economic and infrastructural development to the Border Communities.
Sadiq Abdullahi Isa
(Public Affairs & Protocol)