President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action to address the escalating food crisis in Nigeria by directing the formation of a Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention. The move comes in response to recent protests across the country over the rising cost of food items, impacting the overall cost of living for Nigerian families.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, following a meeting of the committee. Idris reassured the public that there is no actual shortage of food in the country. However, he pointed out alleged sabotage in food pricing by some entities capitalizing on the depreciation of the Naira in the foreign exchange market.
The committee’s action plan includes releasing food items from the National Food Reserves to boost availability and collaborating with major millers and commodity traders to ease food prices by unlocking stored supplies.
Key figures, such as the Governor of the Central Bank, Minister of Finance, Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Chief of Staff to the President, and the National Security Adviser, participated in the meeting, underscoring the national security implications of the food crisis.
Idris emphasized the government’s commitment to intervening and providing relief for Nigerians. Ongoing discussions will continue in the coming days, with a focus on finding comprehensive solutions to the current challenges.
Acknowledging the severity of the situation, especially in light of recent events in Minna, Idris urged understanding from the public. He assured that the government is taking significant steps to bring relief and will issue a definitive statement once the discussions are concluded.
President Tinubu’s directive to form a Special Committee demonstrates a swift and comprehensive response to the urgent food crisis, showcasing the government’s dedication to ensuring access to essential food items for Nigerians.
Source: The Nation Online
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