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Don queries Akwa Ibom govt over Mexican cows budgeted for in 2017

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Prof. Chris Ekong, Dean, School of Social Sciences within the College of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, has requested the state authorities to elucidate the whereabouts of the Mexican cows captured within the 2017 funds.

Ekong, who can be the Chairman, Akwa Ibom state chapter of the Nigerian Financial Society, described as worrisome Governor Udom Emmanuel’s silence on the Mexican cows with such big budgetary provisions that are nowhere to be discovered.

The Professor said this throughout his presentation at a Roundtable on the 2022 funds organised by the Nigerian Financial Society on Thursday.

He stated, “On this state, I can keep in mind, about 4 years in the past, the state authorities has budgeted big quantities of cash to purchase Mexican cows, and no rationalization has been made about these cows. They stated they purchased it, they have been pregnant. The place are the Mexican cows? What has actually occurred? The federal government wants to elucidate this.”

He additionally described the state authorities’s big funding in agriculture within the space of improved inputs, credit score help to farmers within the final 5 years as mere rhetorics.

The professor lamented that however the massive expenditure on agriculture within the final 5 years, costs of meals gadgets had remained versatile upward.

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“Authorities should get entangled extra on Agriculture, moderately than establishing pockets of peasant farmers whereas sharing agricultural credit score to non-existent farmers.

“A few of them (farmers) went and confirmed my farm and picked up cash however non of them have been farmers and nothing has been achieved and billions of naira have been shared,” he stated.

The varsity don additionally expressed concern over the funds’s absence of fresh power which he stated, is among the considerations of the simply concluded Glasgow Local weather Convention, COP 26, including that with the present excessive costs of gasoline and kerosene many households have returned to degrading forest sources for cooking.

Efforts to talk with the Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, weren’t profitable as calls and messages despatched to her phone have been unanswered.

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