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Drama As Two Officers Are Arrested For Diverting 9 Vans Of Fertilizer In Nasarawa

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The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nuhu Ibrahim-Oshafu, revealed this when administration of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Nasarawa Agricultural Growth Programme (NADP) appeared earlier than the committee to defend their 2022 funds performances.

Day by day Belief reviews that an accountant and retailer officer within the Nasarawa State Ministry of Agriculture and Pure Sources have been arrested and detained.

They have been apprehended for allegedly diverting 9 vehicles of fertilizer meant for distribution to farmers throughout the 13 native authorities areas of within the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Nuhu Ibrahim-Oshafu, revealed this when administration of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Nasarawa Agricultural Growth Programme (NADP) appeared earlier than the committee to defend their 2022 funds performances.

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

In accordance with him, when he assumed workplace, 12 and half vehicles of fertilizers have been handed over to him, however when taking the inventory of the merchandise, 9 vehicles of fertilizer disappeared within the retailer abruptly.

He mentioned an accountant and retailer officer have been arrested in reference to the lacking fertilizer and are at present on suspension whereas investigation is ongoing to establish why they dedicated the act.

He, nevertheless, appreciated the committee for supporting its actions to succeed.

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The Programme Supervisor of NADP, Mr Emmanuel Allahnana, who additionally appeared earlier than the committee, decried scarcity of extension staff, interesting for extra employment in order to handle agricultural challenges and increase meals manufacturing throughout the state.

Whereas assuring the committee of NADP’s readiness to provoke totally different insurance policies and programmes that may increase meals manufacturing within the state, he thanked the committee for the assist the company at present enjoys and referred to as for its sustenance.

Reacting on the ugly state of affairs, the Nasarawa State Home of Meeting Committee on Agriculture, referred to as on the state authorities to declare state of emergency within the agricultural sector, affirming that this could go alongside means in boosting meals manufacturing and enhance the usual of dwelling of the folks of the state.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Ibrahim Peter-Akwe, warned the state Ministry of Agriculture towards sharp practices within the gross sales/distribution of Fertilizer to farmers within the state.

He defined that the agricultural sector could be very crucial to the expansion of the state, therefore the necessity for extra proactive steps by the federal government to handle rising modifications dealing with the sector.

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

“Because the significance of agriculture to human advert societal growth couldn’t be overemphasized, agriculture supplies meals, generates employment and income amongst different advantages. Therefore the necessity for all fingers to be on deck to be able to handle the challenges dealing with the sector within the state,” he mentioned.

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He additional referred to as on the state authorities to make use of extra extension staff to be able to increase meals manufacturing within the state.

“It’s actually disturbing to listen to that one extension employee is hooked up to 12,000 to fifteen,000 farmers within the state,” he added.

The chairman urged the ministry to make sure prudency within the distribution of fertilizer to farmers throughout the state to be able to increase meals manufacturing.


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