By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”CONTROVERSIES have continued to trail the distribution of the Enugu stateâ€™s quota of the Federal Government subsidized fertilizers allocated to the state, as security agencies have impounded allocations genuinely made toÂ beneficiaries by the State Ministry of Agriculture.
While the State Board on Fertilizer Procurement and Distribution is kicking against Governor Sullivan Chimeâ€™s directive authorizing the Ministry of Agriculture to handle the distribution of the fertilizers, the farmers in the state underÂ the auspices ofÂ Concerned Farmers of Enugu StateÂ in a statement in Enugu yesterday,Â passed a vote of confidence on the Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Hilary Edeoga for the â€œequitable, organised and transparent manner he has been distributing the fertilizers in the state.
The farmers represented by Dave Ogbodo and Maxim Nnaji also regretted the delay in the distribution of the product, allegedly caused by the Fertilizer Distribution Board, adding that the same board has continued to interfere with the distribution exercise.
The farmers were particularly irked by media reports last weekend, which accused the Commissioner for Agriculture of involvement in fertilizer diversion, saying such spurious reports were allegedly sponsored by the board to cause confusion and further delay in the distribution of the fertilizers in the state.
Warning the board to desist from wagging further war on the peasant farmers and people of the state, the aggrieved farmers, however, called on Governor Sullivan Chime to disband the board for holding the entire state to ransom.
â€œWe maintain that fertilizer products are not diverted to any place.Â We farmers in the state are happy with the distribution exercise being handled by the Commissioner for Agriculture as he has helped alleviate the suffering of the people through efficient distribution of fertilizer to farmers,â€ said the farmers, who also forwarded a petition to Governor Chime on the matter, yesterday.