Food Crisis: Nigerian Govt Launches Distribution Of 42,000MT Of Grains Across The Nation

Food Crisis: Nigerian Govt Launches Distribution Of 42,000MT Of Grains Across The Nation

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The Nigerian government has commenced the distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains across the nation, aiming to alleviate the food crisis exacerbated by the ongoing economic challenges.

The initiative, spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu, aims to support vulnerable Nigerians in accessing essential food supplies.

In a recent announcement by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the commencement of the distribution was confirmed, with Sokoto state being the starting point.

Collaborative efforts between various government agencies are underway to ensure a smooth and efficient distribution process.

According to NEMA, “The Federal Government has flagged off the presentation of assorted food items to State Governments for distribution as palliatives to vulnerable persons, as directed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to cushion the impacts of the global economic situation being experienced in the country.”

Mrs. Zubaida Umar, the Director-General of NEMA, emphasized the importance of coordinated efforts among agencies to fulfill the directive.

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She stated, “In adherence to the directive, collaborative efforts were undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Office of the National Security Adviser, and the National Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the planning and transportation of the food supplies.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Idris Mohammed Malagi, assured that every state in Nigeria would benefit from the distribution.

He affirmed, “Rest assured that every State in the country will benefit from the distribution, and we will ensure that we deliver regular updates and information.”

This initiative comes as a response to the growing food crisis in the country. Previously, the Nigerian Customs had attempted to address the issue by distributing seized bags of rice at discounted prices, but the effort was marred by incidents of stampede, prompting its halt.

President Bola Tinubu’s directive to release 42,000 metric tons of maize, millet, and other commodities from the national strategic reserves underscores the government’s commitment to tackling the food crisis. The target population includes the less privileged residing across the 774 Local Government Areas of Nigeria.

NEMA, operating under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, plays a crucial role in disaster management across Nigeria, highlighting the government’s proactive approach to addressing the nation’s challenges.


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