Monday, September 1, 2003

Kano State govt distributes N4bn worth of fertiliser

As part of efforts to boost food production in Kano State, the state government says it has purchased fertiliser valued at N4 billion.

The commissioner of information in the state, Alhaji Garba Abubakar told newsmen at the weekend in Gusau that the commodity had already been distributed to local government areas for sale to farmers at 50 per cent discount.

According to him, the state government found it necessary to procure the commodity in order to alleviate the sufferings being encountered by farmers in the state in buying fertiliser.

The commissioner was in Gusau with other members of the state executive council for a three-day retreat organised by the state government.

He also said the retreat was aimed at grooming top government officials on how to run government properly and transparently.

``We decided to come to Zamfara for a retreat for members of the state executive council to groom them to enable them run the government efficiently and judiciously,'' Abubakar said.

On the priority of the administration in Kano State, the commissioner said that it intended to change the behaviour of the people of the state to make them Sharia compliant.

``Our priority is to change the behaviour of the people of the state from immorality to morality, from indecency to decency and to make them equal to the task as far as transparency and accountability are concerned,'' he said.