Under the arrangement, the World Bank provided financial support to Ainotrans Energy-the producers of Abakaliki rice to enable it engage the services of vendors that will aid in carrying out its marketing drive. The World Bank, under its Growth and Employment (GEM) project one of the economic empowerment initiatives of the present administration.
Abakaliki rice is high quality rice at affordable prices. Abakaliki rice is purely natural, 100% local, very high nutritional value, 100% stone free, and husk free. According to the CEO, Ainotrans Energy, Innocent Mbey. ´Our rice is produced using the very best practices available and the World Bank support will even help us provide quality food to Nigeria’s teeming population’
The World Bank said that a mechanism to ensure full implementation of objectives contained in the selected proposals was already in place while a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation work plan had been designed.
The idea behind the GEM programme, according to World Bank, is to further support the presidency’s drive to celebrate and empower the most promising and highly scalable indigenous technology start-ups who are providing innovative solutions to local challenge. The GEM project requested for submission of business proposals from eligible applicants of the AVDD 2016 programme of which 289 applicants were screened before the final 81 were eventually picked after a rigorous process of vetting.
Focuses on the book publishing industry in Nigeria. Problems in providing adequate numbers of high-quality books; Inadequacy of indigenous publishing in the country; Lack of professional expertise in bibliographic work and marketing; Advantages of indigenous publishing in promoting Nigerian history, culture, language and social and economic life.