Benue State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources Mr. James Anbua yesterday raise alarm over 47 Trucks of Acid mixed with sand, supplied to Benue state government as fertiliser through one Solab Engineering Company Ltd.
The Commissioner who made this known while briefing newsmen in his office noted with dismay the attitude of the contractor who refused to pack what he described as ‘poisonous chemical’ to allow for space for new consignment of fertilizer ordered by the Ortom administration.
The commissioner explained that on assumption of office, he learned that a contract was awarded in year 2012 to one Solab Engineering Company Ltd for the supply of about 61 trucks of fertiliser comprising of 7 NPK and 14 trucks of Urea, but the 47 trucks of NPK was discovered to be sand mixed with some chemicals when test was carried out to verify the standard.
“When I came in as Commis- sioner, there was fertiliser in the warehouse but when I inquired to find out from Director of Ag riculture who was in charge, I was made to understand that it was fake fertilizer supplied by Solab Engineering Company Ltd, to the state government.”
“I also learnt that a test was carried out on the fertiliser by both University of Agriculture Makurdi and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, but all confirmed it was not good for use as fertilizer because it had high acid level,” the Commissioner noted. He said he had written several to the company to come and pack the said fertiliser but was shock to receive a letter from the company’s solicitor threatening court action against the state government.
He expressed worry over the attitude of the contractor, but insisted they would stop at nothing to insure that the contractor refund all monies paid to him in respect of the said fertiliser.
– John Shiaondo, Makurdi