Hardship: Nigerians react to Tinubu’s order for release of 42,000mt of grains

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Reactions have trailed the directive by President Bola Tinubu for the release of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains from the National Strategic Grain Reserves.

Some Nigerians in an interview with QuestNews in Abuja, said it was the right step in mitigating the current food shortage in Nigeria.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, had announced the order for the release of 42,000metric tonnes of grains from the National Strategic Grain Reserve.

He also announced the release of 60,000metric tonnes of rice by the Rice Miller’s Association at a subsidised rate as part of measures to address food shortage and inflation rate in the country.

Mr Aminu Abubakar, a trader, who deals in grains, said the intervention was long overdue.

He said traders were finding it difficult to break even following the high cost of goods and poor patronage.

Abubakar called for effective distribution of the grains to achieve the aim of the release.

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Mrs Victoria Peter, a parent, said the announcement was a welcome development, adding that life had become unbearable for her and her family.

She said her family was finding it diffult to maintain three square meals.

“I have three children and it has been difficult to maintain the same ration and quality of food we were used to.

“I hope this directive yields the desired result in cushioning the effect of the current economic harship on families,”she said.

Another parent, Mr Cosmas Ugwu, said the current economic situation was telling on his finance.

He said he was struggling to meet family demands, particularly providing food.

“I now provide about three times the funds I was used to providing for housekeep and it is very challenging,”he said.

QuestNews reports that protests had in the past weeks trailed the high cost of food and high standard of living in Nigeria.



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