Yes, we approved N30m for construction of Friday Mosque in Borno- Agriculture Ministry




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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development has confirmed media report on approval of N30m for construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa local government, Borno State.

Online media reported that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development has come under on social media following a leaked memo conveying the approval of N30m for the construction of a Friday mosque taxpayers’ .

In a , the Ministry’s Director of Information,
Theodore Ogaziechi, said the memo was authentic and appropriate in all ramifications.

He said it was original and that it was issued by the Ministry.

Read him: “ attention has been drawn to an online publication by the Punch Newspaper alleging that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Development has come under on social media following a leaked memo conveying the approval of N30m for the construction of a Friday mosque taxpayers’ .

“In addition, a government official memo, dated December 10, 2020 ref. . FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1 stating that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract, was displayed on the platform.

“To put the facts straight, the memo is authentic and appropriate in all ramifications. It is original and was issued by the Ministry for the construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa local government, Borno State.”

Ogaziechi said apart from the mosque, common facilities provided for the livestock farmers in the community included Solar Powered Boreholes with Overhead Tanks and Drinking Troughs for cattle and small ruminants, Water Harvesting Structures, Milk Collection Center, Resettlement Abode, as well as infrastructure to properly settle and rehabilitate the displaced livestock farmers.

He said the construction of the mosque was a Request from the community to avoid moving too far from the settlement areas for prayers and also to ensure safety and contact with the insurgents.

Ogaziechi added that the Memo was an official document and it was available for scrutiny and review.

“It is therefore unfortunate for anyone to presume that the memo leaked,” he stated.

He said the Ministry was in way perturbed about the matter because it received appropriate approval, carried out due needs assessment and ensured due process in the execution of the project.

Ogaziechi advised that in future, due diligence and restraint should be observed by media platforms before publication of this nature meant for good and security were issued, to avoid raising the false alarm and creating unnecessary rancoyr in the space which might lead to overheating of the polity.

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