Senator Shehu Sani Shehu Sani, former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th senate, has kicked against federal government’s plan to spend N13 billion to fight pests in twelve northern states.
Sani wondered why Buhari’s government is more interested in spending such huge amount of money to kill pests while the farm lands are not secured for the farmers.
The Federal Government on Friday had disclosed that it approved N13 billion intervention fund to fight quelea birds, locusts, grasshoppers and other pests in 12 States in the north.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Director, Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Theodore Ogaziechi, which explained that the intervention fund is to ensure uninterrupted agricultural activities during 2020 farming season, control transboundary pests and minimize the impact of COVID-19 pandemic as well as guarantee both nutritional and national food security.
The benefiting 12 states include: Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno.
But reacting in a tweet on Sunday, the former lawmaker advised Buhari’s government to first of all eradicate bandits and terrorists in the region to make farm lands secured for the farmers, adding that the farmers will eradicate the pests by themselves.
Kill the Bandits and terrorists first so that people can go to the farm and kill the pests https://t.co/w0JuVO7aaw do you kill the locust pests and leave the armed pests?
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) June 14, 2020
He wrote, “Kill the Bandits and terrorists first so that people can go to the farm and kill the pests themselves. How do you kill the locust pests and leave the armed pests?