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Drama As Two Officials Are Arrested For Diverting 9 Trucks Of Fertilizer In Nasarawa

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nuhu Ibrahim-Oshafu, printed this when control of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP) gave the impression sooner than the committee to protect their 2022 finances performances.

Daily Trust experiences that an accountant and retailer officer within the Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources had been arrested and detained.

They have been apprehended for allegedly diverting 9 vehicles of fertilizer supposed for distribution to farmers around the 13 native govt spaces of within the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nuhu Ibrahim-Oshafu, printed this when control of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Nasarawa Agricultural Development Programme (NADP) gave the impression sooner than the committee to protect their 2022 finances performances.

Ibrahim-Oshafu, whilst protecting the efficiency of the ministry, knowledgeable the committee scrutinising his ministry that the state had bought and allotted 21 vehicles of fertilizers on the sum of N238 million within the state.

According to him, when he assumed place of business, 12 and part vehicles of fertilizers have been passed over to him, but if taking the inventory of the goods, 9 vehicles of fertilizer disappeared within the retailer hastily.

He mentioned an accountant and retailer officer have been arrested in reference to the lacking fertilizer and are recently on suspension whilst investigation is ongoing to determine why they dedicated the act.

He, alternatively, favored the committee for supporting its actions to prevail.

The Programme Manager of NADP, Mr Emmanuel Allahnana, who additionally gave the impression sooner than the committee, decried scarcity of extension employees, interesting for extra employment so that you can deal with agricultural demanding situations and spice up meals manufacturing around the state.

While assuring the committee of NADP’s readiness to begin other insurance policies and programmes that may spice up meals manufacturing within the state, he thanked the committee for the toughen the company recently enjoys and known as for its sustenance.

Reacting at the unpleasant scenario, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture, known as at the state govt to claim state of emergency within the agricultural sector, putting forward that this may pass alongside method in boosting meals manufacturing and reinforce the usual of residing of the folk of the state.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Ibrahim Peter-Akwe, warned the state Ministry of Agriculture in opposition to sharp practices within the gross sales/distribution of (*9*) to farmers within the state.

He defined that the rural sector could be very crucial to the expansion of the state, therefore the will for extra proactive steps via the federal government to deal with rising adjustments dealing with the field.

He mentioned, “The state govt has to claim a state of emergency within the agricultural sector, if actually we need to get it proper on this sector.

“As the importance of agriculture to human ad societal development could not be overemphasized, agriculture provides food, generates employment and revenue among other benefits. Hence the need for all hands to be on deck in order to address the challenges facing the sector in the state,” he mentioned.

He additional known as at the state govt to make use of extra extension employees to be able to spice up meals manufacturing within the state.

“It is really disturbing to hear that one extension worker is attached to 12,000 to 15,000 farmers in the state,” he added.

The chairman prompt the ministry to verify prudency within the distribution of fertilizer to farmers around the state to be able to spice up meals manufacturing.

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