Governor Emmanuel tackles food scarcity in Akwa Ibom state ahead of Christmas

Governor Emmanuel tackles food scarcity in Akwa Ibom state ahead of Christmas

- It is no longer news that the prices of foodstuff have been skyrocketing in the past few weeks

- It has been complaints galore from Nigerians on the issue

- In Akwa Ibom, the governor is taking charge and ensuring the situation do not affect residents in the state

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Governor Udom Emmanuel is leading a charge to reverse the hike in the price of staple food which has plagued Akwa Ibom state in the past few weeks

This comes on the heels of the skyrocketing price of foodstuffs such as rice, garri, beans, onion, tomato, and others in local markets especially those ones produced within the state.

Concerned about the development, the governor directed the state commissioner for agriculture, Dr. Glory Edet, and her team at the agric ministry to initiated measures that will eventually crash the price of foodstuff to a reasonable extent, ahead of the yuletide.

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Governor Emmanuel tackles food scarcity in Akwa Ibom state ahead of Christmas
Governor Emmanuel's government is already tackling the food scarcity in Akwa Ibom state ahead of Christmas. Photo credit: @MrUdomEmmanuel
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The plans to reverse the hike in food prices formed part of deliberations at the State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday, November 11 at the Government House, Uyo.

Briefing journalists after the meeting, the commissioner for information and strategy, Mr. Iniobong Ememobong, disclosed that government will ensure that the prices of garri and rice are crashed to a reasonable amount in preparation for the yuletide.

Earlier this month, Governor Emmanuel reinstated 403 workers earlier sacked following a government investigation into an illegal recruitment scandal which rocked the State Local Government Service Commission in 2019.

This was made known to journalists by the chairman, Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service Commission, Honourable Monday Eyo on Sunday, November 1.

According to Eyo, the reinstatement forms part of efforts by the Akwa Ibom government to tackle unemployment among youths in the state.

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Meanwhile, the federal government is seeking the National Assembly’s approval to access the $1.2 billion agricultural loan from Brazil.

This was disclosed by the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, when she appeared to defend the ministry’s 2021 budget before the House of Representatives’ committee on finance on Tuesday, November 3.

According to her, the federal government had forwarded the loan request to the National Assembly which is aimed at addressing issues in the agriculture value chain as Nigeria moves to make it another source of revenue.

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