BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia
Nasarawa state House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura to arrest, prosecute and relieve any government official found culpable in diverting fertilizer meant for farmers in the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the speaker of the House made the call in Lafia after the chairman, House committee on Agriculture, Barr. Abubakar Kana(APC-Kokona West) moved a motion on the need for the House to investigate alleged cases of fertilizer diversion by government officials in the state
Balarabe Abdullahi said that if the state government takes such a step, it would serve as a deterrent to others and would boost food production in the state.
He said that the house would also investigate the alleged diversion of fertilizers by government officials in the state.
The Speaker commended Governor Almakura for distributing assorted fertilizer at a subsidized rate of N4000 per bag to farmer and called on them to report any case of diversion of fertilizers in their communities to the appropriate authorities for necessary action.
“Let appreciate and thank the mover of this motion, it is a very serious matter and we cannot sit down here to allow some government officials scheduled with the responsibilities of distributing fertilizers to farmers in their respective communities to sabotage Almakura’s good efforts.
“This house will not allow any body to sabotage Almakura’s efforts in boosting food production in the state and we will not hesitate to advise the state government not only to arrest, prosecute any government official who found culpable in diverting fertilizers meant for farmers”.
“But they should also be relieved of their appointment to serve as deterrent to other so as to boost food production, fight unemployment and boost the socio-economic development of the state.
The house unanimously agreed passing a resolution calling on Governor Almakura to arrest, prosecute and relieve any government officials found in diverting fertilizers meant for the state farmers.