Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
The House of Representatives, Tuesday, mandated its committee on Agricultural Production and Services to carry out an investigative oversight on the increase in the price of fertilizer in the country.
This resolution by the House was sequel to a motion on matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Hon. Odebunmi Olusegun.
Hon. Olusegun had said the former administration made fertilizer accessible through the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) which brought transparency in accessing fertilizer by eliminating middle men.
“The success of the GES metamorphosed into greater output from the agricultural sector as fertilizers were available and affordably sold for between N3000 and N3500, “he said.
He stressed that agriculture is the drive for the diversification of the economy and avert the looming famine.
The lawmaker said if this situation is allowed to go unchecked, the unavailability and unaffordability can lead to problems in the agricultural sector which will in turn cause “a serious macro – economic” problem for the economy.
The House adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.