BREAKING: Tinubu’s government announces date to commence distribution of grains to Nigerians

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government has announced that the distribution of 42,000 metric tons of grains across the 36 federation states will commence this week.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari made this known in a post on his X handle on Monday, March 4, 2024.

According to the minister, 58,500 metric tons of milled rice from mega rice millers will also be released into the market for stabilization.

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He said the Ministry is working with the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Department of State Service (DSS) to ensure the grains get to the right people in the right packages and quantities.

“In these trying times, I extend my sincere compassion to those affected by the hardships in the country. I understand the gravity of the situation, especially with the unfortunate event of foodstuff warehouses looting.

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“Amidst these challenges, I want to assure you that our commitment to your well-being remains resolute. We shall commence the distribution of 42,000 metric tons of grains, as approved by Mr. President, across the 36 states of the federation as one of the programs to be rolled-out this week.

“We are working hand in hand with NEMA and the DSS to ensure that the grains get to the right people in the right packages and quantities. Furthermore, 58,500 metric tons of milled rice from mega rice millers will also be released into the market for stabilization,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Niger State, Mohammed Umaru Bago said the programme will be flagged off in Niger State.

Bago said that President Bola Tinubu would be in Niger State to flag-off the distribution of the food palliative as well as commission Agriculture Mechanisation initiated by the State Government.

He said his state has also procured 120 trucks of grains comprising rice, millet, sorghum, guinea corn and soybeans which would complement the intervention of the Federal Government palliatives in the state.

The governor expressed optimism that the vulnerables people would receive the palliative. 

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