- Invites C’ttee on 2019 Agric loan disbursement to LG”
- Speaks on alleged diversion of N40m, says its handwork of detractors
by Angela Nwaeze
The Chairman of Afikpo North local government council, Hon. Ogbonnaya Oko-Enyim, has finally made a u-turn on his refusal to receive the 2019 Agric loan disbursement committee to his local government
Enyim has appealed to the committee to visit his local government which was done last Saturday.
During the visit, he cleared the air on alleged diversion of N40million from the loan to individual pocket, stating that he had disbursed the loan to farmers in the area and that they are all happy.
He said over 2000 farmers got the agric loan for rice farming in Afikpo North and that the rumour that he diverted part of the fund was the handwork of his detractors who have been looking for how to pull him down.
He told the committee that the beneficiaries were rice farmers drawn from the 11 wards that make up the local government.
Oko-Enyim said the council disbursed twenty five thousand naira to the farmers to assist them during this planting season.
He said that 200 rice farmers were profiled in each ward by the councilors who know the real farmers, urging the people to disregard any insinuation contrary this.
He added that the council will do everything possible to recover the loan while warning that it is not a political patronage.
He asked CBN to increase the loan to accommodate more farmers especially those that are not rice farmers.
It would be recall that each ward in the state is expected to get N5million CBN loan for rice farming.