AFAN disowns Asorose, Partners Shippers Council
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has in strong terms dissociated itself from claims of Mr Babaniyi Asorose as the patron of the Kogi state chapter and described him as an impersonator and imposter, confirming the former Kogi state governor Ibrahim Idris as it true patron.
AFAN, a body that oversees the activities of farm commodities, also faulted the purportedly set-up Kogi State Executive Council of AFAN by Asorose and described the unauthorized change of executive as illegal, stressing that all elected executive members of the association remains valid until 2018.
The National body of AFAN who spoke through its National Financial Secretary, Dr Tunde Arosanyin during a unusual visit to Lokoja, said that his visit was in view of clearing the air over various negative reports making the round in a section of the media.
While expressing delight in the achievements recorded by the farmers association in Kogi state with reference to Agric Show, Dr Arosanyin charged the executive to brace up and live up to their responsibilities.
Also speaking, the chairperson of Kogi State chapter of AFAN, Mrs Peace Emokije commended the visit of Dr Arosanyin and instant wade-in to resolve issues ravaging the chapter, advised all farmers to prepare well for the forthcoming dry season so as not to be taken unaware.
Mrs Emokije assured the state government that the various investment put into agriculture will witness a bumper harvest, adding that she and her executive are ready to partner agricultural stakeholders in the state to boost revenue for farmers.
In a related development, the Kogi chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria has agreed to partner the Nigerian Shippers’ Council to promote agricultural trade and protecting interest of farmers who engage in imports and exports trading in the state in Lokoja during a courtesy visit.
In a response, the Kogi State’s Area Officer, Omonayin Joseph Obafemi pledged the readiness of Shipper Council at educating registered farmers on activities of maritime, provide access for the local and international trading at no cost amidst other benefits.