President Bola Tinubu has pledged 102,000 metric tons of grains to alleviate the soaring food prices in Nigeria.
The 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, eagerly anticipate the delivery of these essential supplies.
The pledge was made last week by the Nigerian federal government under President Bola Tinubu.
Officials from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security are working tirelessly to expedite the process of making the grains available.
The ministry plans to release approximately 42,000 metric tons of maize, millet, garri, and other commodities from its strategic reserve for distribution to the states.
While the exact sharing formula remains undisclosed, a senior ministry official assured that the release of grains will be immediate, aiming to mitigate the suffering experienced by Nigerians due to high food costs.
Engr. Sule Haruna, the Director of the National Strategic Grain Reserve, affirmed the readiness of their reserves to meet the presidential directive, ensuring transparency in the distribution process.
Information and National Orientation Minister, Mohammed Idris, emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing the food crisis. He warned of sanctions against food hoarders and announced plans for importation to offset any potential shortfalls post-distribution.
Meanwhile, amidst economic challenges, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to reconsider their proposed strike.
NANS President Pedro Obi urged dialogue over nationwide unrest, highlighting the potential adverse effects on security, the economy, and academic progress.
The call for dialogue comes after the NLC and TUC issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address economic and security concerns, including the implementation of agreements reached following the removal of fuel subsidy.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, reassured the government’s commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the labour organizations. She urged restraint while the government continues efforts to address the nation’s challenges.