Hunger in Nigeria: Why Distribution of Free Grains Hasn’t Commenced – Tinubu

By Medinat - Editor

The Presidency has provided insight into the delay in the distribution of free grains promised to Nigerians by President Bola Tinubu, attributing the hold-up to logistical processes. Despite assurances from the Minister of Agriculture three weeks ago, the promised grains, aimed at alleviating food insecurity, have yet to reach the intended recipients.

Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, addressed the issue, assuring the public that the distribution process is underway. He explained that the bagging of grains is currently ongoing at seven strategic locations across the country, with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) overseeing the packaging process.

Onanuga emphasized that the delay was due to the necessity of bagging the grains, as the bags had to be freshly ordered by the government. He reiterated that the grains, totaling 42,000 metric tonnes, are meant to be delivered to indigent Nigerians free of charge.

Hunger: Why distribution of free grains hasn’t commenced – Presidency

Additionally, Onanuga announced the procurement of 60,000 metric tonnes of milled rice by the Federal Government, further bolstering the relief efforts. This initiative, facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, aims to support the vulnerable population nationwide.

As a result of the impending release of food commodities from the Strategic Reserve, Minister of Agriculture, Senator Abubakar Kyari, noted a discernible reduction in commodity prices across major grain markets in the country. This reduction serves as an early indicator of the positive impact anticipated from the relief measures outlined in the 2024 budget.

The Presidency reaffirmed its commitment to addressing food insecurity and ensuring that Nigerians receive the necessary support during challenging times, assuring citizens that the effects of these initiatives will be felt in the shortest possible time.

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