By Ajuma Edwina Ameh
“Food security and fixing the power sector are two of the things central to the President’s heart”
The Presidency has again revealed why the Ministers of Power, Saleh Mamman, and Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, were fired.
President Muhammadu Buhari considered food security and the power problems in the country before relieving them of their duties, according to the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Persecondnews had on Sept. 1 reported the sack of Sabo Nanono and Mamman by the President following complaints of non-performance by Nigerians on the part of some ministers, described as “deadwoods”.
Adesina, who disclosed this on Thursday as guest on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme, monitored by Persecondnews, said “food security and fixing the power sector are two of the things central to the President’s heart.”
The spokesman added that the President listens to the yearnings of the people in taking certain decisions.
He said: “Somebody gave me a document to give to the president on how to solve the power problem in the country.
“I took it to him and he collected it and he began to flip through it and as he flipped through it, he was saying, ‘If only we can solve the power problem’.
“He repeated it about three times. It was something central to his heart that if only this administration can solve the power problem and you know efforts that have been made.
“There was a night when there was this talk about hunger in the land and I went to see him, but before I finished, he said, ‘I know, I have constituents and I received feedback from them.
“I have people from my constituency who gives me real-time feedback, I know what is happening’. Of course, food security is central to the President’s heart.
“No one government will solve all the problems in a country. A government will do its legitimate best in certain areas and it ends and another government will continue.”
Persecondnews recalls that a 2021 report by World Bank states that a total of 74 per cent of power users in Nigeria are dissatisfied with the supply of electricity across the country as 78 per cent of electricity consumers in Nigeria receive less than 12 hours of supply daily.
Also a recent data released by the World Bank, soaring inflation and food prices pushed another seven million Nigerians into poverty in 2021 in addition to the 89.8 million Nigerians that are already poor.