By Beauty John, LAFIA
The Nasarawa state House of Assembly House Committee on Agriculture and Natural resources, has called for declaration of state of emergency on the water sector due to scarcity of water in some parts of the state.
Chairman of the House Committee, Dr Ibrahim Peter Akwe made the call during an oversight visit to the ministry and Nasarawa State Agricultural Development Program (NADP) in Lafia, on Tuesday.
Dr Akwe, after listening to series of complaint from the commissioner for agriculture and water resources, professor Allahnana Otaki, the committee decided that a state of emergency be declared to draw the attention of the government towards channeling all required resources to make available, clean and drinkable water to those parts of the state who do not have access to clean water.
“We are going to declare state of emergency on water supply because honestly the problem is getting much”. Dr Peter Akwe Said.
He said that the importance of fertilizers distribution in boosting food production cannot be over emphasized, hence, the need for the committee concern to ensure transparency in sale and distribution of fertilizer as well as ensure it reaches genuine farmers.
” It is in view of this that the committee is calling on the management of the ministry to be more transparent in the allocation, distribution and sales of fertilizers to farmers in the state, ” he said.
The committee requested the ministry to explain the circumstances surrounding the petition written against it on auctioning of two tractors without due process.
Responding , the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Water resource, Professor Allanana Otaki said that the ministry is facing serious challenges in making water available in most parts of the state due to lack of resources.
The Commissioner told the committee to disregard the petition written by one Kabiru, claiming that due process was followed in the sales of the tractors with the approval of the state Governor and tendered all the relevant documents to the committee to further support his submission.
He called on the government to support compliment the ministry’s effort by providing the resources needed to end water scarcity in most parts of the state.