By; JABIRU A HASSAN, Kano
The Kano State Chapter of the All farmers association, (AFAN) is one of the few chapters that is really suffering from leadership tussle for long, where the association is now having two leadership which certainly is retarding the general activities of the union.
Based on an investigation, Kano AFAN has two leaders and the farmers of the state are now aspiring for an urgent intervention from the Kano State Government and the national body of the association for conducive union activities across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Alhaji Abdulrashid Magaji Rimin Gado who is currently serving as the Kano State chairman of the association is being recognized by the national body, while Alhaji Farouk Rabiu is enjoying the recognition from by the Kano State Government as the state chairman which means that AFAN in Kano State is having two leadership.
In this respect, farmers unions, cooperative societies, and other farming class have called on the Kano State Government and the national body of the AFAN, to wade into this leadership tussle especially at present when agriculture is getting more recognition from the federal and states governments.
Many farmers are left behind in the activities of unionism, and based on what they said in an interactive section with journalists, the Kano State Government is not aware that AFAN is having two leaders, which are, the one that is being recognized by the government and the leadership that is being recognized by the national body.
The majority of Kano people are farmers, and they need to have an avenue that would continue to support them, which is inion.
Therefore according to Kano farmers, they like to see that all hands remain on deck to ensure that the state is having one united farmers association in order to benefit more from all aspects of agricultural support from all tiers of government.
In his remarks when contacted, Alhaji Abdulrashid Rimin Gado stated that, “I am the authentic AFAN chairman for Kano State and we are recognized by the national body of our association because Kano State farmers are loyal to us despite what is happening”.
When asked whether his side would accept consensus, Alhaji Rimin Gado said that, “we need to work as a team, therefore our policy is to help farmers in profitable farming, and AFAN is for farmers we hope to have a strong union which is free from leadership tussle”. He concluded.