Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has directed the rapid suspension of all officers named in alleged extortion of farmers within the state’s ministry of agriculture by means of the sale of unauthorised registration types.
Media spokesman to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday that the federal government at no time accepted the sale of any types to register farmers and that the administration discovered it unusual that some officers may ever do such a factor to poor farmers.
“In the sunshine of the event, we want to state the next: That neither the Governor nor the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development at any time accepted the sale of types to anybody, together with farmers, within the guise of no matter scheme or census for farmers.
“That preliminary in-house findings have been made they usually urged clear wrongdoings. That the Head of Service has accordingly been directed to droop all of the affected officers, together with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. This is to ship the sign that such misconduct is not going to be condoned by the Governor.
“That we name on the EFCC to right away step in to research and prosecute anybody discovered responsible of ripping off poor farmers, thus making it clear that his administration won’t ever tolerate such behaviours underneath no matter guise.
“And, finally, that the government will ensure the refund of the money of the victim-farmers who would be requested to bring forward the said forms that they purchased to claim their refund. The government sincerely regrets this embarrassing behaviour of the affected officials and apologises to the affected farmers,”the assertion added