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Trouble brews in Benue over fake fertiliser

Written By Idoma Television on Friday, October 16, 2015 | 6:19:00 AM

Trouble is currently brewing in the Benue State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources over 47 trucks of fake fertiliser abandoned in its warehouse since 2012 by the immediate past administration.
The incumbent government has reportedly drawn a battle line with Solab Engineering Company Limited, said to be the suppliers of the fertiliser following the latter's refusal to evacuate the substance.

Conducting journalists round the ministry's warehouse in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, James Anbua said he had written to the contractor to evacuate the fertiliser with immediate effect to enable them take delivery of new and genuine consignments.
Anbua explained that on assumption of office in July as a commissioner, he discovered that the immediate past administration had, in 2012, contracted Solab Engineering Company to procure 47 trucks of NPK and 14 trucks of UREA fertiliser for Benue farmers.
"While the 14 trucks of UREA was good and used, the 47 trucks of NPK fertiliser was just "chemicals," he said.
According to the commissioner, further investigation and a series of tests by the state and federal governments revealed that the fertiliser was substandard. Consequently, the federal government reportedly directed the state Ministry of Agriculture not to give it out to farmers; hence the substance has been in the warehouse since then.
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