The president Bola Ahmed Tinubu has hereby declare a state of emergency across the federation in order to tackle the high inflation of food after the removal of subsidy.
The president has also declared that matters in regards to food and water availability as well as affordability, as essential livelihood items, be included in the National Security Council.
According to the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake, made this announcement to the State House correspondents following the consultations with stakeholders in the agricultural sector value chain in Abuja.
He said, “Mr. President is not unmindful of the rising cost of food and how it affects the citizens. While availability is not a problem, affordability has been a major issue for many Nigerians in all parts of the country.
“This has led to a significant drop in demand, thereby undermining the viability of the entire agriculture and food value chain. “Accordingly, in line with this administration’s position on ensuring that the most vulnerable are supported, Mr. President has declared, with immediate effect, the following actions: That a state of emergency on food security be announced immediately, and that all matters pertaining to food and water availability and affordability, as essential livelihood items, be included within the purview of the National Security Council.” “The target is to double this percentage to about 70 per cent in the long term,” he said.
“We can no longer afford to have farming downtimes,” therefore, there must be an urgent synergy between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Water Resources to ensure adequate irrigation of farmlands and to guarantee that food is produced all year round,” he added. The irrigation schemes will “guarantee continuous farming production all year round to stem the seasonal glut and scarcity that we usually experience,” Alake added.
“We shall create and support a National Commodity Board that will review and continuously assess food prices as well as maintain a strategic food reserve that will be used as a price stabilisation mechanism for critical grains and other food items. Through this board, the government will moderate spikes and dips in food prices.”