…Over credit farm input package for farmers
From: Alhaji Bashiru Zakari , Ejura-Ash
The Next meeting of the Ejura Sekyedumasi Municipal Assembly, would discuss the complicity of the former National Democracy Congress (NDC), Member of Parliament (MP) for the area regarding misappropriation of farm inputs, provided by the government for local farmers.
“The Assembly will discuss the issue at the next sitting,” Mr Rafau Adams Seidu, the Assembly Member for Abota (Gonjaline) Electoral area and currently the interim Presiding Member of the Assembly has indicated.
At an assembly meeting last week Tuesday, a section of the House raised concern about the alleged misappropriation of farm inputs by some officials at the expense of local farmers and people who were below the poverty level and were to be benefit from the credit input package.
But it was said that some personalities had hijacked almost 90 percent of such inputs provided by the government as an incentive to farming attractive to the teeming youth in the farming communities.
According to the Assembly members, maize production has reduced from 60,000 tons per year to 35,000 thousand tons.
The suspected role of the said personalities in accessing the package is said to have contributed to the perennial low maize production in the farming communities.
Mr. Pangabu Issifu and Madam Martha Bruckner, former Member of Parliament and the Municipal chief Executive Officer of Ejura Sekyedumase Municipal respectively, have been cited for the perennial low output of Ejura Government farm lands at Ejura in Ashanti.
It has been alleged by inference that the two have acquired between 40 and 50 percent of the Ejura Government lands while they served in their respective capacities.
The Herald gathered that the two mentioned officials used their position to acquire colossal portions of government input which were supplied on credit basis to farmers for repayment later during harvesting time.
Mr. Pangabu and Madam Bruckner are accused of failure to pay back Government farm inputs including fertilizers, seeds, ploughing cost and other chemicals, which they acquired on credit basis.
Their (Pangabu and Madam Bruckner) refusal to repay the Government farm inputs has allegedly endangered farming activities in the area as farming on the 50,000 acre Government land has reduced from declined supply of inputs.
When these concerns were raised at the Assembly meeting the acting Presiding Member deemed it fit to defer discussion on the issue till the next sitting.
Reacting to the allegations, the former legislator Pangabu Issifu denied the allegations leveled against him claiming that he said he used his own money to plough the lands and that the Government will refund his money in three months time.
According to him, he operates a mechanized farm which does not need the said state inputs meant for farmers.
The immediate past MCE could not be reached for her comments as her phone did not go through after several attempts.