Alhaji Ahmad Kaita who made the allegation while launching the sales of 150 tons of fertilizer he procured for sale to farmers in his constituency, said it has become very necessary for him to source for the farm input for the people of his constituency because Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema has politicized the sale of the product in the state thereby depriving genuine farmers from accessing the commodity in the state.
But the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Musa Adamu Funtua told Daily Trust that the allegation was not true saying, “Katsina is the most transparent state as far as sales of fertilizer under GES is concerned. The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Adewumi Adesina, testified to this when he visited Katsina recently and Babba Kaita was on the entourage.
“When we went to Kankia local government, the minister personally requested for the list of the beneficiaries and he was satisfied that government was fair as far as registration of the beneficiaries is concerned. After all, the registration was purely done by the federal government not Katsina State government,” he said.
The commissioner said that Katsina State has never politicized the sales of fertilizer in the state, saying, “Babba Kaita has the right to assist his people with the commodity but he should not criticize government on something which is not true. We sold fertilizers to all farmers irrespective of their party affiliations.”
But Alhaji Ahmad Kaita said: “It is unfortunate that our governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, has politicized the sales of fertilizer in the state. Only the PDP supporters are getting the commodity in the state while others farmers who belong to other political parties are neglected.
“The PDP-led government has denied farmers their rights to get the commodity from the federal government’s GES programme. Very few people were allocated with forms to secure the commodity, while majority were denied because they are not PDP card-carrying members. When the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Adewumi Adesina, visited Katsina to launch the sales of fertilizer under the GES programme, we went round to some designated centres where the commodity is been sold to farmers but unfortunately we discovered that it was only sold to PDP members.