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Bagudu, Kyari, blame subsidy removal, insecurity, Naira redesign for Food insecurity

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The Minister of Budget and National Planning Atiku Bagudu has raised issues on the challenges facing agriculture which he said is not only limited to the insecurity but the high cost of fuel.
Making his remarks at an
interactive session with the Senate Committees on Finance,
Appropriations, Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions he said if care is not taken, there are some five local Governments in the North where 70% of the cultivation may not be possible because of fuel cost.
“From our perspectives particularly from Budget and planning, there are places today in about 18 states in the country where you can still Plant rice for the dry season farming, including the constituency of the chairman of the National planning, but in 5 local governments, where if care is not taken not for reasons of insecurity, 70% of the planted area might not be planted because of fuel cost.
He said the same thing in the constituency of senator Adamu Aliero in a number of places.
“So the balancing of the reforms and ensuring the necessary measures have been implemented urgently in order to ensure that we even support the reforms and the commendable act of removing fuel subsidy needs to be supported by measures that support domestic production in other to achieve the full impact and benefit.”
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari on his part said the issue of food security, which is availability, affordability of food are being challeged.
He attributed the first challenge to COVID19 which impacted on Agriculture and all other sectors.
At the same time he said the flooding of 2021, and also the Naira redesign of 2022, 2023 at the point of harvest when government came up with the policy of redesigning of Naira really impacted on the availability of cash.
“Early 2023 when farmers were just preparing for planting they had no cash anywhere.
“Access to capital for farmers is very key, in addition an exiting Government did not plan to do wet season cultivation for 2023, I don’t think there was any impact or any intervention against the 2023 cultivation and that also impacted on the quantum of harvest in 2023.
“We have had two programs, one is the wheat program in which Jigawa has a lot of impact and 14 other states but the second phase of rice that is just about to roll out now is being challenged now in terms of fuel and in terms of input because we have seen some of the challenges that the farmers face in the 2023 wheat program even though government subsidized imput by 50% it was a tall order for farmers to come up with their own portion.
“So what we are trying to do is to bridge that gap, we dont want to make it a situation where it will be viewed as the other programs in the past where they felt it as a largess.
He said there are farmers that are ready to go back to farm they are excited about it but there are challenges in security and even fuel cost.
However, he said they are trying to work assiduously with the Ministry of Finance, as the president had already given them his support on the second phase.
“We intend to do between 100 and 250 hectares for rice alone in the dry season farming for the short Medium Term. Let me say for the short term there is scarcity of paddy and scarcity of maize.
“The next phase we have about 50000 hectares for maize to cultivate in the dry season now. Luckily with maize you can do multiple cropping when there is irrigation but what we are faced with today is the undocumented exports of food to our neighboring countries.
“Today the 1Cefas is N2.50 that is to say 100cefa is 2200. That use to be N400 some few years ago. When you look at our neighboring countries, all 4 neighboring countries around us the Cefas which is hard currency and because of the devaluation of the Naira our food is the cheapest round the neighborhood.
“So you find a lot of undocumented exports, smuggling across our porous borders to these neighboring countries.
“In addition, the other angle that we have over the period is the unavailability of foreign exchange. A lot of investors, be it Indian, Chinese, Turkeys who are operating in this country buy our crops that are sought after outside, like soya beans and sesame and buy it at exorbitant price just to earn foreign exchange and the worst part is most of these monies are not repatriated back to us.
“Export is a good thing for us but when you don’t earn the foreign exchange and it is not repatriated back to us, and government dont have any income from it, I am sorry that is not a good sign.
“So what we are trying to do here is we are trying to ramp up production, I think it is an issue of economics between supply and demand but unfortunately we have to see how we can secure food for our 230m citizens.
“At the same time if this economic situation continues then you have to seal up the border which is against the ECOWAS issue or produce for the whole of West Africa, that is the unfortunate thing but if we can secure the land and have farmers go back to the farm I am sure we can do it, we have 70m heaters available in Nigeria so these are the challenges that we find ourselves in.
However, he expressed especially but his ministry would soon roll out dry season farming between the next 8 to 10 days. He said they would achieve that with the help of the President and the coordinating minister of the economy
He said they want to support the farmers for the dry season farming.

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Ex-IPAC legal adviser tells Tinubu not to delay the regulation of prices of food items

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***Naira Gains and Losses – Product of APC’s Ineptitude

Former National Legal Adviser  Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Barr. Chukwudi Ezeobika has raised issues over skyrocketing prices of goods and services amidst speculations on a daily basis that the Nigerian Naira is gaining value against the American dollar

Ezeobika who was also a Candidate Anambra South Senatorial District (2018) gave the indication in statement on Sunday.

He said the presumption of gains in the Nigerian currency may be erroneous as they are without the consequent effects on goods and services as the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact

“The reason for this indescribable phenomenon, just as we have in every sector of the Nigerian economy, is indeed not far-fetched. The wilful resolve by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu – led APC government to continually deceive Nigerians amidst the glaring economic recession and crisis. 

“It is erroneous to yield to the belief that the Nigerian currency can ever make any gains against the American dollar or its economy relevant in the global stage if the country is unable to produce the basic goods and services required by it, to build and develop its dilapidated and or non-existent infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy such as health, power, transport and agriculture. 

“All known indices of economic recession are currently prevalent in the Nigerian economy as can be seen in high and unprecedented costs of goods as well as services and the continued manipulation, by the current administration,  of the Nation’s currency, against the will of the Nigerian people.

“The Federal and State agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating the prices of goods, most especially food items which are basic to an average Nigerian, have become either obsolete or 

non-existent, hence, the absurdities prevalent in the prices of food commodities such as rice, yam and beans, in most Nigerian markets.  

“The current administration has wilfully and consciously chosen to continue the path of its predecessors by propagating ill-conceived social and economic policies and engaging in projects that are purely unconnected and at variance with the well-being of its citizens.  

“The Nigerian Legislature ought to, as a matter of urgency, re-discover its essence in enacting relevant laws which have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizens, re-position itself in its oversight functions and periodically justify the huge budgets passed yearly to maintain the legislative arm of the Nigerian government. 

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Ganduje: Northern Patriots accuses Kano Gov of lack of Clear Agenda

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***Say, he is Progressing In Error

The Northern Patriots (NP) has take a swipe at Governor Abba Yusuf for lacking in any clear blueprint or agenda for the people of Kano State.

Comrade Dominic Alancha, the national president of the group, gave the indication during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout on Sunday.

According to Alancha, the governor has instead resorted to a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor Alhaji Umar Ganduje all in the name of a probe.

Comrade Alancha indicated Governor Yusuf is progressing in error as his perceived case against Ganduje is dead on arrival as it is not within the jurisdiction of the state to probe him.

The Northern Patriots, however, advised the governor to focus on governance and if indeed he wants to recover state funds, he should look the way of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Abba Yusuf is progressing in error. Instead of focusing on advancing governance, he is out for a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor,” he said.

“I don’t think that he is aware that there is a judicial pronouncement on this matter. The state can’t prosecute Ganduje, it is the responsibility of the federal high court.

“For me, this case is dead on arrival. If he’s transparent enough, he should have gone back to 2011 or even beyond to probe his political godfather because there are a lot of accusations against Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of corruption and misappropriation of state resources.

“For example, in 2011, there was a 5km contract purportedly allocated to each of the 44 LGAs. Unfortunately, to date, 1km of that road has not been constructed.

“If any probe is to be done, it should be based on transparency and accountability. But this whole case is diverting the attention of the people from seeking transparency and good governance from the governor.

“Abba has nothing to point out as his achievement in the last 11 months. Rather, he is busy setting up committees to probe his predecessor.

“I think it is proper for him to sit down and make his priorities known. He should set out a clear agenda for the people. ”

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Fubara vows to liberate Rivers people from oppression

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Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers has vowed to his to liberate Rivers people from bad governance and oppression.

Fubara spoke on Saturday at a thanksgiving rally organised by the SIMplified Movement at Ibaka, Okirika Local Government Area.

The SIMplified Movement, a pro-Fubara group, organised the event to mark the governor’s successful election and victory at the Supreme Court.

Fubara who spoke through Awajinombek Abiante, the member representing, Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that Rivers people had been oppressed for too long

”A reggae artiste named Lucky Dube, once sang about the imprisonment of the mind, that song mirrors our pathetic situation in Rivers state today.

”Few days ago, a report revealed that many schools in the state lacked teachers, and are dilapidated.
”This reported decay and shortage of teachers did not happen in the last 10 months of my administration, it is an accumulation of neglect.
”They decided not to build schools because they want to imprison the minds of our people, to make us blind in loyalty and unable to ask questions,” he
Fubara said that his government had already commenced efforts to revive the education sector by renovating schools and recruiting more teachers.
”It is for this sake that this government has come to guarantee liberty and break the chains that have held us bound,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had commenced the rehabilitatiin of Okirika Grammar School to provide a sound learning ground for the people of the area.
According to him, his administration would listen to the yearnings of Rivers people and take actions without making noise about it.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Anderson Allison, APC member representing Okirika/Ogu/Bolo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that membership of the SIMplified Movement spanned across political parties.
Allison said that prominent politicians and the elite class in Rivers were in support of Fubara due to his integrity and commitment to the service of the state.
”Fubara sees the welfare of Rivers people as a priority, he has also demonstrated dedication to good governance and service delivery.
”The governor has been in office for just 10 months and has already achieved a lot without resorting to abuses, this is how a leader should behave,” he said

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