From Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
A federal lawmaker representing Oyi/Ayamelum Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Vincent Ofumelu, has protested the exclusion of Anambra and Enugu from the National Agricultural Growth Scheme (NASG).
Ofumelu, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja, said the exclusion of the two South East states from the programme is unacceptable. He urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to take steps to address the matter immediately.
According to him, many farmers in the two states, who are currently in need of intervention, would end up disappointed if the states are not included in the scheme.
The House had on Wednesday adopted a motion by Ofumelu and three others urging the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to include the two states in the agriculture scheme.
The lawmaker had in the motion informed the House that Anambra and Enugu were omitted in the scheme, noting that “the perceived oversight might not be deliberate in view of the pivotal role both States play in terms of agricultural production.”
Nevertheless, he expressed worry that “if nothing is done in this regard, the tendency that these States will be left out is very high; Concerned that the non-inclusion of these States in the project would definitely affect the progress already recorded in the past years.”