By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Thousands of the beneficiaries who collected agricultural loans for rice farming in Plateau State have declined to pay back the loans collected, a development that may blacklist the state unless something urgent Is done.
The State Branch of the Rice FarmersIIqr Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and officials of the bank which disbursed the loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the state are currently contemplating a warrant of arrest through all the 17 divisional police stations.
The state Chairman of Rice farmers Association (RIFAN) , Joshua Bitrus who expressed concerns over the development, said the state may be blacklisted.
He described the situation as highly regrettable saying that such stands taken by the rice farmers in the state is not encouraging.
According to him, the association is currently making.efforts to contact all the 17 divisional police officers (DPO) to issue warrants of arrest.
He called on affected farmers to intensify efforts towards the payment of the loans to avoid embarrament, noting that such behaviours may affect the chances of the state in future.
He said only four local government areas from the state’s Northern Senatorial Zone did not default payments as stipulated.