By Umar Yusuf
YOLA – THE Adamawa State Government has officially declared wanted one of the contractors (name withheld) who was allegedly involved in the diversion of 56-trailer load of fertiliser meant for the state.
The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Tijjani Maksha, told journalists in Yola yesterday that the government through its security agencies had commenced manhaunt for the fleeing contractor.
Maksha said the 56-trailer load of the fertiliser belonging to the state government were diverted enroute Lagos â€“ Yola in May this year.
According to him, the accused contractor allegedly breached the contract agreement entered into between it and the government by diverting the consignment to unknown destinations.
â€œThere is no going back on government efforts to recover the diverted consignments,â€ the commissioner vowed.
He further explained that in spite of the diversion; government on its part was making frantic efforts to ensure that local farmers were supplied with adequate fertiliser at affordable cost of 65 per cent subsidy.
Vanguard learnt that five other suspects allegedly connected with the alleged scam have since been arraigned in court.
Some farmers, who spoke with Vanguard on the issue, lamented that governmentâ€™s efforts to boost agriculture might be thwarted this planting season if adequate measures were not taken to address the situation as more of such commodities might have been diverted.
Other farmer associations in the state which are not comfortable with this planting season due to the damage caused by erosion to their farm produce, appealed to all tiers of government to properly handle the situation, adding that such group of economic saboteurs should not be allowed to walk freely in the streets.