By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani has distributed 12,600 bags of fertilizers to farmers in the state.
She said yesterday the fertilizers were given out free to farmers to boost bumper harvest, irrespective of party affiliation.
She said the beneficiaries include farmers in all the seven local Government areas she is representing in the Senate as well as other local governments in Adamawa State.
Binani made the disclosures in Kofare in Yola during the flag-off of the distribution of the fertilizers to the farmers.
She said each of the local governments in Adamawa Central Senatorial District, including Yola North, Yola south, Fufore, Girei, Gombi, Song and Hong, will receive one trailer load of 600 bags each.
She said the remaining 14 local government areas in Northern and Southern Senatorial Districts are to receive 300 bags each for distribution to peasant farmers irrespective of party affiliation.
She listed other beneficiaries as 2,640 ward heads across her district (one bag each); 258 village heads (two bags each); and 28 district heads (five nags each).
Also, other stakeholders, the elderly, All Progressives Congress (APC) Executive Committee members are also part of the beneficiaries.
She said: “The distribution of free fertilizer to our farmers is a personal donation or assistance I would rather say, to our people in these difficult times and it is not a constituency project. We thank the Almighty Allah for the Blessed rains and pray for a good harvest from our farms.
“Each bag goes to our 2,640 ward heads, our village heads 258 of them will receive two bags each and the 28 district heads of the zone will have 5 bags each of the fertilizer, making a total of 6 trailer loads to be distributed free to you,” Binani said
She said a committee comprising critical stakeholders and elders across each LGA has been constituted to ensure transparency in the distribution.
On his part, the APC state Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal described Sen. Aishatu as a “true ambassador of the masses of not only the zone she represents but the entire Adamawa State because of numerous things she has done for the entire people of Adamawa State.
He appealed to the Senator “not to relent in changing the lives and people of Adamawa through her robust representation and quality legislation.
The District Head of Mayo Farang and Sarki Noma Adamawa Alhaji Mustapha Ahmadu praised Senator Binani for doing well and Almighty Allah to replenish what she has spent for the common man in many folds.
Ahmadu, while appealing to farmers not to sell the commodity, said if the fertilizers were properly utilized by farmers it will produce food that will feed the state for a very long time.