Tinubu Declares Emergency In Food Security, Orders Grain, Fertilizer Release
President Tinubu has declared a state of emergency in food security.
He also ordered the re-activation of federal government’s 5,000 hectare of land nationwide to increase the arable land for farming.
The president also ordered the immediate release of fertilizer to farmers and grains to various households to mitigate the effects of the petrol subsidy removal
The president’s special adviser on special duties, communication and strategy, Dele Alake, told the state house correspondents after a meeting of tinubu with major stakeholders in agriculture sector at the presidential villa on Thursday.
The president said all matters pertaining to food and water availability and affordability are now under the purview of the national security council.
Tinubu adds that federal government would partner with states to provide land for cattle ranches with a section for grazing reserves.
He, however explained that the project was only for states willing to provide land and that federal government would pay for it.
He added, “Agriculture makes up about 30 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP. He should have invested funds in the production aspect of agriculture and other issues affecting crop yields.
“The rural areas, which are mostly agrarian, are in the throes of insecurity. On Tinubu’s watch, over 200 people have so far been killed. However, he seems clueless on how to tackle this menace.
“The so-called palliatives that Tinubu seeks to share to the poor are just another avenue to divert public funds.
For years, the Nigerian government has rejected calls to publish the list of the beneficiaries of the so-called palliatives but this has never been done because it is all a scam.
“Tinubu should stop trying to deceive Nigerians who are still suffering from the effect of his lacklustre economic policies.”
Atiku’s aide added, “There are also concerns that this plan is a reinvention of old tricks through which the APC uses public funds as subterfuge for vote buying.
“Let no one make any mistakes about it, the planned palliative is Trader Moni 2.0.
“The scheme is nothing but a means to use public funds to prosecute political campaigns and objectives. It is even more telling that the current imposter government is contemplating the initiative when there is high expectation that the presidential election tribunal is set to give judgement in the controversial election that brought Tinubu into government.
“The APC is a political party that has lost favour with a vast majority of Nigeria, and it is no coincidence that since 2019, when the party invented the charade of Trader Moni, it also incontrovertibly introduced the menace of vote buying into Nigeria’s body politic.”