The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on Agricultural Production and services to investigate the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh for flouting Government law against yam eeportation and also delivering rotten yams to the United States.
The mandate came sequel to a motion moved by Gaza Jonathan Ghefwi on Wednesday accusing the federal government of breaking the law by exporting yams and substandard products.
Mr Ogbeh’s claim that the long distance between Nigeria and the United States, was a major factor to the damage of the yams was rejected by the rep who argued that the export (prohibition) act lists beans, cassava tuber, maize, rice, yam and their product derivatives as goods prohibited from exportation.
“The federal government has in the bid to increase agricultural products exportation, disregarded a subsisting law and carried on the exportation of some of the above goods expressly prohibited from exportation,” Jonathan said.
“The recent report that 72 tonnes of yam tubers that were exported sometime in June 2017 were rejected by the United States of America as they were found to have been bad upon arrival, thereby causing the nation great embarrassment as it is now obvious that produce approved for export by the government do not meet with world standards for exportation.
Also invited are, Comptroller -General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (Rtd), the Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, the Director General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Aboloma and Head of the Nigerian Quarantine Service.
The lawmaker insisted the federal government should wait for the bill seeking to repeal the provisions of the Export Prohibition Act, to be passed by the National Assembly, rather than disregarding the law.