Don’t Politicize Fertilizer, Osun Group Tells Adeleke

Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli announced that the state had received 11 truckloads of fertilizer.

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke.
Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke. Facebook

On Sunday, The Osun Masterminds, a rights group based in Osun, continued its public disagreement with Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson for the state governor, over the proper method for distributing bags of fertilizer received from the Federal Government.

While delivering the group's monthly address for June, Executive Director Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli announced that the state had received 11 truckloads of fertilizer. He urged Governor Ademola Adeleke to ensure a fair distribution process.

In response, Rasheed clarified that the fertilizer had only been received the previous Friday, and the responsible ministry had already informed the public of its arrival.

“How do you start sharing fertilizers that are still arriving in the state? What better way to be transparent than the statement from the state government on arrivals including the number of trucks? We note that the group is being mischievous and partisan as usual as it still finds it hard to abandon its old roots as an appendage of the opposition during the pre-2022 election,” Rasheed said.

Reacting to Rasheed's comments, Oyedokun-Alli accused him of labeling all critics of the governor as opposition. He reiterated, “He unleashed the same pattern on us in his response to our June 2024 State of the State address, wherein we advised the Adeleke government to ensure fairness, transparency, and sincerity in the distribution of fertilizers recently disbursed to the States.

“We are aware that the fertilizers received constitute just the first batch of the total expected. We insist, however, that the distribution, whether of this first batch, or the entire batch, must be with fairness, transparency, and sincerity. There must be no political colouration to the distribution and only true farmers, especially in rural communities, must benefit.”

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