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FG begins distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains this week – Minister

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Amid economic hardship and food warehouse looting in the country, the Federal Government has assured citizens that the free-gain initiative will be rolled out this week.

The Minister of Agriculture, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, made this known in a post on his official X handle on Monday.

He reiterated that the President is aware of the current hardship being experienced by Nigerians, but said the government’s commitment to citizens’ well-being remains resolute.

He said: “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.

“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 tonnes of grains, as approved by Mr. President, across the 36 states of the federation as one of the programmes to be rolled out this week.”

Kyari said a collaborative effort with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Department of State Service (DSS) is in place to ensure that “the grains get to the right people in the right packages and quantities.”

He added: “Furthermore, 58,500 metric tonnes of milled rice from mega rice millers will also be released into the market for stabilization.

“I acknowledge the strength of the Nigerian people, and it is this resilience that will guide us through these difficult times. Let us stand together to support Mr. President in his strive for a better Nigeria.

“Our government, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is committed to addressing these challenges and working towards a more secure and prosperous future for all.”

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