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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Borno governor Zulum charges Tinubu’s government to tackle hunger in Nigeria, says palliatives not solution to food insecurity

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Borno state governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has chared the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to tackle hunger in Nigeria, saying current palliative measures rolled out will not solve the problem of food insecurity, and other challenges.

Zulum made the assertion in a remark during the assumption of office by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security and Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari and Senator Aliyu Abdullahi respectively.

He said: “It is clear that palliatives will never solve our problems because these are shorter terms solutions, we must look for medium and longer-term solutions that would address insecurity, food insecurity in Nigeria.

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“Therefore, the only alternative we have is to invest in commercial agriculture, modern agriculture, irrigated agriculture, green technology, emerging technology, harvesting rain water, and among others.

“That is the only solution. Our population is growing in quick geometric direction while our food supply is dwindling, and unless something is quickly done we will never get rid of these problems.


“Therefore, it is my sincere hope that the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security and indeed the technocrats that are here to put heads together with a view of repositioning the nation’s industry.”

He also added that with the vast arable land Nigeria has with enough water bodies therefore he wish to see the Ministry takes the challenge to ensure food security including availability of food in terms of quantity and quality.

Meanwhile, the newly appointed minister of information and national orientation, Muhammed Idris, has declared that the ministry will not need to tell lies to defend the government.

“We will always say it as it is,” Idris announced while addressing journalists at his office just few minutes after President Bola Tinubu inaugurated him and 44 other ministers.

Idris said the ministry and federal government would be transparent and truthful while giving out information to Nigerians.

Idris promised that the government would own up where it errs or make any mistake and try to adjust where necessary.

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He said national orientation would be a core aspect of the government.

“In a matter of days, we would roll out our plans to Nigerians,” he added.

The new information minister called on Nigerians to shun fake news and always clarify issues before taking it out to the public.

On her part, minister of arts, culture and creative economy, Mrs Hannatu Musawa, said the ministry would export Nigeria to the world while generating revenue for the country.

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