Adamawa State House of Assembly has approved the request of the state Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri to acquire another loan of N550 million for procurement of agricultural inputs.
The approval followed a letter sent to the house by the governor, read and considered at the special plenary session summoned by the Speaker of the House, Alhaji Aminu Abbas on Friday in Yola.
According to NAN, the loan is to enable the state government procured 5,000 metric tons of NPK fertilizer for the 2020 farming season.
The Assembly has earlier in May, approved the Governor’s request for a jumbo loan of N17bn which was criticized by many stakeholders in the state including Dr Umar Ardo of the reformed People Democratic Party (r-PDP).
The house considered the letter following a motion by Majority leader, Hammantukur Yetisuri, member representing Jada-Mbulo and seconded by Muhammed Mutawali, member from Girei.
Governor Fintiri, in the letter, explained that the State Executive Council at its 8th meeting held on June 24, 2020 ratified the approval by the governor to the ministry of agriculture for the procurement of the fertilizer.
According to the governor, the sum of N450 million naira out of the total amount would be used for procurement of 5,000 metric tons of NPK 20-10-10.
He said that the money would be paid through Irrevocable Standing Payment Order (ISPO).
Fintiri said that the remaining N100 million would be used for logistics to the ministry of agriculture and urged the house to approve it.
After long deliberations on the letter by the lawmakers, Abdullahi Yapak and Kate Mamuno of Verre and Demsa constituencies repectively, moved and seconded the approval of the letter to enable government procured and provide the fertilizer for farmers in time.
The speaker, therefore, directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the house to the executive.