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We used N18.9 billion to clear bush, others — Agric ministry to House of Reps

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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says its spent a whooping N18.9 billion on bush clearing, land preparation among others during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Wole Oke, chairman of the Public Account Committee of the House of Representatives Committee (PAC), said the ministry disclosed this while responding to a probe on how it spent the said sum. The agric ministry is the subject of an investigation by the House committee into a N18.9 billion contract for bush clearing, preparing the ground, and restoring soil plant laboratories during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown.

According to Oke, “During the lockdown of the country as a result of COVID-19, some companies took contracts worth about N18 billion for bush clearing from the federal ministry of agriculture for land preparation, rehabilitation of soil plant lab and others. We cannot shave their heads in their absence.

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