#1 Nigeria: ANPP anger over free phone plan for farmers01-08-2013, 07:17 PM
A Nigerian opposition party has condemned a government scheme to give 10 million mobile phones for free to farmers.
All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) General Secretary Tijani Tumsa said the plan was a "mischievous vote-catching exercise" for the 2015 elections.
Last week, the agriculture minister said the phones would help farmers "drive an agriculture revolution".
Akinwumi Adesina said their purchase would be financed through a tax.
He denied reports that the government had already set aside $400m (£249m) to buy the phones.
Mr Tumsa told the BBC's Focus on Africa programme the scheme was a ploy by the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to "connect" with voters in rural areas in the build-up to elections.
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Our goal is to empower every farmer”
Akinwumi Adesina Agriculture minister
He said he doubted the plan would boost the farming sector.
"You are just creating business for the telecom companies. You are not impacting on agricultural production in Nigeria, unless the purpose is to have more phone coverage," Mr Tumsa added.
Defending the scheme, Mr Adesina said Nigeria had the highest number of mobile phones in Africa - an estimated 110 million - but many Nigerians in rural areas did not have them.
"Our goal is to empower every farmer. No farmer will be left behind," Mr Adesina said in a statement.
Kenya believe they would pull such a trick?The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
01-08-2013, 07:26 PM
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How am I supposed to call them to find out when the 25 million I inherited is ready to pick up?
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