- Food indeed is life; Nigerians proved this fact by the amount of money they spent on edible items in 2019
- According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), N22.78 trillion was spent on imported food items within the same year
- The NBS also disclosed that most of the expenditure was done in Lagos state
The federal government, through the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has revealed the amount of money citizens in the country spent on imported food items in 2019.
The NBS said that a total of N40.21 trillion was spent in the said year, an amazing increase on the N21.62 trillion recorded in 2018.
Being more specific in its analysis, the agency disclosed this amount of money represents not less than 56.65% of total household expenditure in 2019.
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The NBS went on to say that this means the largest expenditures in the country were on food items.
Narrowing this down, the national statistics body disclosed that food consumed outside homes, transport fares, starchy roots, tubers and plantains accounted for the largest chunk of household spending, adding that most of this took place in Lagos.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that foremost anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign had commended the distribution of palliatives in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja specifically in Abaji area council by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The FCTA had announced palliative items for 600,000 households across the six area councils of the FCT for the most vulnerable in Abaji, Kwali, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari and AMAC.
Due to the prevalence of corruption in the country, and especially among public officials, particularly in areas of diversion of funds and intervention packages, Say No Campaign revealed that it had monitored the distribution of palliative items earmarked for individual area councils.
A statement by the co-convener of Say No Campaign, Ezenwa Nwagwu, on Wednesday, April 22, noted that the action was taken “for the purpose of monitoring the process for transparency and reflecting the observation and reaction of the beneficiaries and community members.”
The minister of state FCT, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, had announced that 25,000 bags of rice and 25,000 bags of condiments would be distributed to 100,000 households in Abaji area council, a process that had lasted for four days.
Having closely observed the process of distribution, Say No Campaign commended the FCTA officials and the Abaji area council leadership “for its coordination in distributing the items received.”
Part of the statement read: “The process, according to the reports we have received from its monitoring group, who are also residents in Abaji, was inclusive as community members actively participated in identifying all households in need as well as ensuring equitable distribution of the items."
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