Thursday, 21 July 2016

Agro-dealers deny defamatory reports against agric minister


Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh
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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