Delay in Free Grain Distribution.. Insights from President Tinubu’s Office

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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President Bola Tinubu has shed light on the reasons behind the delay in the free distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains aimed at alleviating food insecurity among Nigerians. Despite assurances from the Minister of Agriculture earlier this month, indicating imminent relief for vulnerable citizens, the promised distribution has yet to materialize, leaving many grappling with the harsh realities of soaring food prices.

According to Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Information and Strategy, the delay stems from the ongoing bagging process of grains at seven strategic locations nationwide. Onanuga clarified that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been tasked with the bagging process, ensuring that the grains are soon made available to needy Nigerians.

In a statement issued on Friday, Onanuga reiterated the government’s commitment to delivering the promised assistance expeditiously. He confirmed that 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities are nearing release from strategic reserves, emphasizing that the bagging process, necessitated by the freshly ordered bags, has caused the delay.

Furthermore, Onanuga assured citizens that the grain bags would be provided free of charge, underscoring the government’s dedication to easing the burden on vulnerable households. Additionally, he revealed plans for the acquisition of 60,000 metric tonnes of milled rice, sourced from Mega Rice Millers, to complement the grain distribution initiative.

“The Tinubu administration, through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, is in the final stages of releasing 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities to support the vulnerable population across the country,” stated Onanuga. “The grains, located in seven strategic reserves, are now undergoing bagging processes for delivery to NEMA. While this process has caused a delay due to the procurement of new bags, Nigerians can rest assured that the distribution will commence soon.”

The government’s proactive measures to address food insecurity reflect a commitment to prioritizing the welfare of citizens during challenging times. As efforts continue to streamline the distribution process, hopes remain high for swift relief for those most in need.

Soukaina Sghir

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