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Taraba Green House: Allegation Over Purchase Of Substandard Materials, Blatant Lie – CEO

By Danzumi Ishaku

The Thursday newspaper publication in a local newspaper “TarabaTruth and Facts” alleging that substandard materials were purchased and used for​ the roofing of 10 Green Houses​ that were destroyed by windstorm early this year was a blatant lie.

Reacting to the publication,​ the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Taraba​ Investment and Properties Limited, Mr. Iliya Ezekiel, described​ the allegation as laughable and full of lies.

He noted that the fund released by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku was given to Purchase iterms for the renovation of Green House that blew off as a result of heavy windstorm, and pay some outstanding bills of the company.

“The allegation that I used the fund to purchase substandard materials is baseless,​ unfunded and lies that are carried by mischief makers,” he said.

He maintained that what led to the protest by staff of the Green House Was the strict control in line with the operations to stop fraudulent acts by staff in areas of stealing, absenteeism among others.

“Since the farm was handed over to us in the Investment house, we have worked hard and transformed the farm by adding value that today is contributing to the economy of the state.

As we speak,​ we are now producing goods and selling same for our operations.

Earlier this year, we had an outbreak of Covid19 where we were unable to import.

We also went all over in Nigeria and couldn’t get a standard plastics while our crops were been destroyed by rain until the GM/COO and his team contact a supplier in Kano to produce what was used for the re-roofing of the Green House that was earlier destroyed by windstorm” he noted.

According to him, there was another windstorm in the month of September where the roof was blown off and the GM/COO who is a​ foreigner contacted virtue trader in Greece to supply the plastics and the governor released the money but is yet to arrive due to forcing exchange from the central bank.

“We are at the moment trying to purchase ticker grade from Greece which will withstand heavy storm as the roofing plastics are not produced in Africa” he added.

He stressed that the Taraba vegetable has come to stay, adding that no amount of criticism will make not to do needful.

He further gave the publisher of the local paper, “Taraba Truth and Facts” 24 hours to retrieve the publication or else face legal action.

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