Fertilizer Scarcity: Farmers Association Call For Dissolution Of Gov. Badaru’s Led Presidential Fertilizer Committee
…..Shift blame on Chief Of Staff to the President
By Aliyu Dangida
HOTPEN – Northwest Inputs Agro Dealers Association of Nigeria (NIADA) in collaboration with Farmers Association has called on President Muhammad Buhari to as a matter of urgency dissolve the Presidential Committee On Fertilizer headed by Jigawa state governor, Muhammed Badaru Abubakar.
The duo stated that the committee has failed in delivering its mandate of making the commodity available and affordable to the farmers in the country.
Briefing newsmen in Dutse, Chairman of NIADA Jigawa state chapter, Alhaji Yusuf Baba Muhammad berated the presidential committee on fertilizer for folding its arms thereby allowing the Fertilizer blending company exporting the commodities to foreign country for making more profits at the detriment of Nigerian farmers and national food security project.
The chairman who was represented by his deputy Alhaji Haro Shehu noted that major Fertilizer blending companies appears to be sobertaging presidential policy on agriculture by refusing to sales their products to the local dealers whom deposited their money with the companies for over a year now without supply.
He also accused the Presidential Committee on Fertilizer for failing President Buhari and the nation over the mandate given to them and appealed for the replacement of the committee with competent hands as a matter of emergency before food scarcity and hunger loom in the country.
Contacted on the allegation level against his committee, Chairman Presidential Committee on fertilizer and also Governor of Jigawa state said, “I am not aware of what is happening now in the committee as I was not invited for its meeting or any of its operation in the last two years”.
Governor Badaru who exenorated himself from the failure of the committee insisted that, when he was active in the committee, the success achieved was unprecedented and every Nigerian bear witnessed.
The Chairman who insisted that, no letter of disengagement offered to him but maintained that only Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari can give account or answer any question related to the committee activities of the last two years.