Food security: Buhari holds closed-door meeting with governors, ministers

Food security: Buhari holds closed-door meeting with governors, ministers

- The presidency has expressed deep concern over the rising food prices in the country

- Following this, President Muhammadu Buhari convened a meeting for the National Food Security Council (NFSC)

- The meeting was attended by ministers, governors and top government officials

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Members of the National Food Security Council (NFSC) are said to be having a crucial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

State governors who are in attendance at the meeting include Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Alhaja Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Darius Ishaku of Taraba, and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi.

Some ministers like that of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq and top government officials are also at the meeting.

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Other top government operatives in attendance are Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno and the chief of staff to the president, Ibrahim Gambari.

Food security: Buhari holds closed-door meeting with governors, ministers
President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and ministers (Photo credit: Twitter - Mbuhari)
Source: Twitter

Gambari, delivering his speech at the high-profile meeting stated that the fear of rising food prices has been doused by operators of the markets who recently revealed to the council that the prices are drastically dropping.

Meanwhile, reported that President Buhari had ordered the release of foodstuffs from the national reserves to tackle the current high food prices in Nigeria.

The disclosure was made in a tweet shared on the president's verified Twitter handle on Thursday, September 3. gathered that the Nigerian leader approved the release of 30,000 tons of maize to animal feed producers to ease the current high cost of poultry production.

According to Buhari, his government was very mindful of the challenge of high food prices at a time when the economy was slow due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Also, the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had released the Consumer Price Index (CPI)/Inflation report for the month of July 2020, with the country's headline inflation rising to 12.82 per cent from 12.56 per cent in June.

Food inflation also rose to 15.48 per cent in July from 15.18 per cent in the previous month.

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