By; MAIDIGU ALI, Damaturu
Loan beneficiaries of farm inputs under the North-East Commodity Association (NECAS), Bank of Agriculture and Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) in Damaturu have lamented over what they called connivance between NECAS officials and agents who forced them to sell the items.
They made this known while speaking with New Nigerian Newspapers Correspondent in Damaturu on the current situation of the programme in the state.
The Federal government has introduced the Anchor Borrowers Programme to assist farmers across the country in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture and the central bank.
Against this development, NECAS was registered as farmers Union for the execution of the programme to assist farmers in the region.
Farmers access the loans provided by the federal government through the Association aimed at enhancing their farming activities.
Here in Yobe State, the association has been in the vanguard towards providing farmers with farm inputs and implements for both wet and dry season farming.
In discharging it’s mandate, some officials of the association are said to be engaged in activities contrary to the set objective as some of the beneficiaries lamented how they are forced by some officials to sales the items provided at a give away price.
They said officials sometimes offer frustration uncompromising farmers from accessing such loans.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to New Nigeria News paper dismay in modus of operandi of the Association.Mallam Badasi, Muhammad Lawan and Bukar Adamu all beneficiaries have condemned the attitude.
They said such officials conive with vendors to buy such items.
They used the medium and called on the authorities concerned to intervene towards achieving success of the programme.
Responding to the criticism, the chairman of the NECAS represented by the Clearance Officer of the association, Bulama B. Hassan said the rumor been circulating but it is not true and has no basis.
He added that NECAS has no relationship with any marketing agent in any way warning that selling the items is illegal.