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Donation of a cottage palm oil processing plant in Akwa Ibom State: In June 2013 a cottage palm oil processing plant was commissioned and handed over to a women’s cooperative organisation in Akwa Ibom. The project was funded by the BATNF with the aim of creating a source of livelihood for members of the community.

Maize Enterprise Development Project in Kaduna State: 30 maize farmers in Igbabi LGA, Kaduna State are being supported to move from subsistence farming to commercial agriculture through training, capacity building and links to agro-produce end-users. The BATNF has also provided the farmers with training and agricultural inputs including fertilisers and sprayers.

Rice Enterprise Development Project in Kebbi State: Established in Kebbi State in 2011, the rice enterprise project provides rice farmers in Zagga and Kamba communities with agricultural inputs, training and links to market opportunities. 40 farmers have so far benefitted from this project.

Resuscitation of Water Supply Projects in Kebbi, Lagos, Ondo, Edo, Kano, Katsina and Gombe States: The BATNF recently upgraded several water systems it donated to various communities in Lagos, Ondo, Kano and Katsina States several years ago.

Members of the Dishe community in Katsina, and Kaoje community in Kebbi each had two additional solar panels and a higher capacity pump installed to power their community boreholes. A solar powered borehole that was installed in 2008 in Kaltungo, Gombe State was also rehabilitated in 2013.

At the School for the Blind in Oshodi, Lagos State the Foundation upgraded the water supply by providing a new water treatment plant, improving the plumbing network to the staff quarters and student hostel, and rehabilitating the bathroom and toilet facilities.

In Benin, Edo State a water management kiosk was renovated, a solar pump and controller were replaced and a wire fence installed to protect the borehole facility.

In Dakata community in Kano State the 20,000 litre water tank was replaced and a solar-powered submersible pump replaced, while in Moferere in Ondo State a water management kiosk was renovated.

Sustainable Water Supply Projects in Zamfara and Taraba States: The Foundation has built solar-powered boreholes for the people of Sungawa community in Tsafe LGA of Zamfara and Mutum Biu community in Gassol LGA, Taraba State. The water systems, which will soon be officially handed over to the communities, each include a drilled borehole, water management kiosk, a 20,000 litre fibre reinforced tank, solar panels and a solar-powered submersible pump. The projects have been developed to provide potable water to communities in critical need of water, reduce the incidence of water borne diseases, promote small scale businesses that are dependent on water and enhance the general socio-economic wellbeing of the communities.

Handover of a cottage cassava processing plant in Nassarawa: In October 2012 the BATNF handed over a cassava processing plant to the people of Bukan Sidi in Lafia, Nassarawa State. The project was commissioned by Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Usman, Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Commissioning of a water project in Imo State: The severe water shortage experienced by the people of Akatta community was alleviated when in October 2012 a water tank and borehole were handed over to the community in Oru East LGA in Imo State. The project was commissioned by HRH Dr. Eugene Okolie, the Ezeoha of Akatta Autonomous Community, at an event attended by members of the community, traditional rulers and representatives of the state government.

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Sustainable Environmental Protection Projects in Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe and Kano States: In 2011 the Foundation provided seedlings to develop 5 hectare neem plantations in Dugumda in Bauchi State and Barki-Dutse in Taraba State, towards supporting government efforts to reduce soil degradation and desert encroachment. In 2013 a similar 5 hectare plantation was developed in Kano State.

Handover of a cottage cassava processing plant in Nassarawa
In October 2012 the BATNF handed over a cassava processing plant to the people of Bukan Sidi in Lafia, Nassarawa State. The project was commissioned by Alhaji Ahmed Tijani Usman, Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Commissioning of a water project in Imo State
The severe water shortage experienced by the people of Akatta community was alleviated when on the 5th of October 2012 a water tank and borehole were handed over to the community in Oru East LGA in Imo State. The project was commissioned by HRH Dr. Eugene Okolie, the Ezeoha of Akatta Autonomous Community, at an event attended by members of the community, traditional rulers and representatives of the state government.