Hardship: FG Releases 42,000MT Of Grains


By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

As part of interventions to quell the hardship in the land and revamp the nation’s economy, the Federal Government has flagged off the distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who flagged off the distribution alongside Abubakar Kyari, Minister of Agriculture in Sokoto State said, the grains were for the sustainable development and prosperity of all citizens.

He affirmed that the 42,000 metric tonnes (MT) of Assorted Food Commodities were actually released from the National Strategic Food Reserve (NSFR) across the country to Vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of the rising cost of food commodities.

The Minister said, President Bola Tinubu was concerned about the rising food prices and was determined to make essential food available and affordable for Nigerians, which was why he approved the distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains, including sorghum, millet, and maize, and 60,000 metric tonnes of rice through millers.

The Federal Government, he said, was under no illusion that Mr. President’s policy reform would be without some transitional pains. Still, he said, there was sustained confidence that, in the long run, the end would justify the means.

“The government calls for continued patience and understanding from Nigerians as we push through these difficult times into a season of abundant benefits and truly renewed Hope. As the President never fails to emphasize, these headwinds we face are only temporary, and we will surely overcome them.” He said.

Deputy Director, Press of the Ministry, Suleiman Haruna in a statement on Monday disclosed that the Minister listed the marked reduction of petrol importation to 50 percent monthly, the stabilized foreign exchange with our Naira waxing stronger daily, and the recent launch of the Renewed Hope Infrastructure Development Fund (RHIDF), which aims to raise about N20 trillion for investment in critical sectors of the economy as early wins.

“A few days ago, the Federal Government unveiled a progressive policy in the power sector, aiming to boost electricity supply sufficiency for all Nigerians.

“The most important aspect of the policy is that the Tinubu administration is sustaining electricity subsidies for 85% of Nigerian consumers, which justifies its credential as a pro-people democratic government while increasing electricity tariffs for only 15% of the electricity consumer population.

“I urge you to continue supporting the Tinubu Administration as it implements policies to overhaul the nation’s economy”, he pleaded.

Speaking at the event, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Senator Abubakar Kyari said, the President wss desirous of cushioning the effect of the rising cost of food commodities by ensuring a sustained buffer stock, as provided by the Nigeria Food Storage Policy.

He explained that the National Strategic Food Reserve is expected to keep only 5% of total annual food production, while 10% is expected to be kept by State Governments as a buffer stock to complement the National Reserve; the buffer stock program has, however, remained non-existent in most states of the Federation and had continued to exert avoidable pressure on the Federal Government National Strategic Food Reserve stock, especially at times like this.

“Therefore, I want to encourage all the state governments to begin activating the buffer stock in their various states so that in cases of emergency and future food interventions like this, they will have stocks that complement the federal government’s efforts,”

He said. It is worthy of note that the 42,000MT of assorted food commodities, comprised of maize (23,600MT), sorghum (12,860 M), millet (3,700MT), and Garri (1,840MT), are to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians. The allocation for Sokoto state comprises Maize 506.00MT, Sorghum (589.00MT), and Millet (216.20MT) (44.01 trucks or 26,406 50kg bags) and has since been delivered to the State.

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