Gombe state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has directed security agents in the state to go on house to house census in Gombe to ensure that people occupying houses are true citizens of the state which according to him would help government in planning their programmes.
The governor gave the order yesterday in Gombe during flag off of fertilizer sales, growth enhancement support (GES), distribution of ox-drawn ploughs and disbursement of tractor and work bull loans for 2014 farming season held at the Abubakar Umar Memorial stadium in Gombe.
He advise residents to cooperate with government during the exercise, noting that failure to do so would result in allowing government to demolish houses of those that refuse to comply with the order given by the government.
According to him, “It is high time for this government to go on house-to-house census in the state in order to know whom we are living with, to enable us achieve our co-values”.
Performing the function, governor Dankwambo said his government is committed not only to improve agricultural production but also to improve marketing through the Bank of industry.
“We have assisted organizations, groups and individuals to establish agro-based industries in order to add value to our agricultural produce and promote their market to farmers”, he said.
He explained that the government has provided 20,000 metric tonnes (MT)of fertilizer and 70 MT of improved maize seeds as well as the distribution of 200 Mersey Ferguson Tractors ,with sets of implements and money for the purchase of 2,218 ox-drawn ploughs with their work bulls on loan basis to farmers.
He reiterated the state government’s commitment to ensure that the fertilizer reach the grassroots, adding that the decision of government was to distribute 50 percent of the fertilizer through the polling units and directed the ministry of agriculture to monitored the distribution and sales of the fertilizers under the GES scheme.
The governor therefore directed that each bag of fertilizer would be sold at the rate of N3,000.
He urged farmers to commence farming season with courage and, while appealing to them to cooperate with one another and ensure harmonious relationship, prayed that God grants them sufficient rain and a bumper harvest.