Agro-deal­ers deny defam­a­tory re­ports against agric min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

The Growth En­hance­ment Sup­port Scheme Agrodeal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (GESSAN) has re­futed re­ports that it de­famed the min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Chief Audu Og­beh, the min­is­ter of state and the per­ma­nent sec­re­tary.

The na­tional chair­man of GESSAN, Al­haji Kabiru Umar Fara, told jour­nal­ists in Abuja that the is­sues raised in a na­tional daily mak­ing bribery al­le­ga­tions against the min­is­ter were against its pro­fes­sional ethics.

“The al­le­ga­tions are un­true, un­founded and im­ma­ture,” Fara said.

GESSAN has ap­plauded the min­is­ter for the prompt ef­fort in pay­ing part of the money which the min­istry un­der his pre­de­ces­sor owed the as­so­ci­a­tion and pledged to co­op­er­ate with him to­wards en­sur­ing delivery of high qual­ity fer­til­izer to its end users.

GESSAN bills to­taled N61 bil­lion un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan. Out of this amount, the present ad­min­is­tra­tion has paid the as­so­ci­a­tion N20 bil­lion, he said.

GESSAN also called on the gov­ern­ment to scale up the dis­tri­bu­tion of fer­til­izer, which price has since sky­rock­eted to about N9,000 be­cause of the un­pa­tri­otic prac­tices of some lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

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