FG commences distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains

The federal government has began the distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of wheat nationwide as recently mandated by President Bola Tinubu to combat rising good prices.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, said during an interactive session with the National Assembly joint committee on Agriculture Production Services and Rural Development, on Tuesday.

The committee chaired by Senator Saliu Mustapha (APC -Kwara Central), had interrogated the Minister on measures by the federal government to limit the high cost of food items in the country and make it accessible and available to the poor and vulnerable in the country.

Kyari, in his response, said the federal government has initiated distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains to various focus sites in state capitals around the country.

He said: “We have received directive and approval from Mr. President to distribute for immediate impact 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains free of charge to the Nigerian population.

“This was received in mid-February, as we are speaking we have a record of the distribution being carried out, but I will want to plead with the Honorable House Members and Distinguished Senators that some of the movements can’t be made public but a lot of states have started receiving their grains.

“We are distributing to State capitals in the first instance as you all are aware of the risk involved in the vandalisation of foodstuff, so we are working with the office of the National Security Adviser and other national security agencies.

“Furthermore, 58,500 metric tons of milled rice from mega rice millers will also be released into the market for stabilization.”

He stated that the action of the Federal Government has become vital to cushion the consequences of hardship on Nigerians which he said, will soon become a thing of the past.

He informed the joint committee that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is currently working with the office of the National Security Adviser, and other national security agencies to address concerns of vandalisation of food warehouses across the country.

The chairman of the joint committee, Senator Saliu Mustapha, while taking questions from media following the session, expressed satisfaction with the initiatives being made by the Federal Government to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.

He said: “From our interactive session, we are fully in the picture of what is happening, we are convinced that the steps being taken by the federal government are in the right direction.

“All we did again is to further emphasise the need for certain things to be done on time. I think from this collaborative approach by the grace of God, Nigerians will have a better feel of the government policy on food security.”

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