Bush clearing cost N18.9 billion, the Agriculture Ministry informs the House of Representatives.

According to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, during the COVID-19 shutdown, it spent a whopping N18.9 billion on clearing brush, preparing the field, and other things.

The Ministry made this statement in response to questions on how it used the aforementioned amount from the Public Account Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives.

The agric ministry awarded a N18.9 billion contract for clearing brush, preparing the ground, and reestablishing soil plant laboratories during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. As a result, an investigation was started.

Wole Oke, the committee’s chairman, made the following comments regarding the investigation:

“During the lockdown of the country as a result of COVID-19, some companies took contracts worth about N18 billion for bush clearing from the federal ministry of agriculture for land preparation, rehabilitation of soil plant lab and others. We cannot shave their heads in their absence.

We have invited them to come and give us their own side by responding to the issues and show us the places they are supposed to have cleared. They have to take us to the land they cleared.

We have invited the ministry of agriculture, and they have made (a) submission. But some of our members whose constituencies these projects were supposed to be domiciled doubted the existence of these projects, and for (a) fair hearing, we have invited the companies that got the contract for them to come and tell this committee where and when the jobs were executed.”

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