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Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by iwaeda: 7:17pm On Jul 09
ABUJA- The Senate has called on the federal government to as a matter of urgency address the problem of hunger in the land caused by food insecurity which has created what it described as an emergency.

According to the Senate, President Bola Tinubu led Federal government should take measures to fight the current food insecurity in the country by outlining some measures to combat the situation, just as it warned that with hunger and poverty in the land, patience, tolerance are both elastic, but they are not eternally elastic as people are already losing patience.

The Senate has also warned against the looming crisis, saying that the country would not like the kind of thing that we will see in our streets, stressing that it was time that the country especially the Executive arm of government takes every possible action as the government cannot take the people for granted for too long, adding that have come almost to the end of the patience.

The Senate noted that over the past few months, prices of goods and household consumables have seen a significant rise in the country, leading to high inflation rates, weakened purchasing power, and a general deterioration in the living conditions of the vast majority of Nigerians.

The Senate has disclosed that as an emergency solution to address the problem of food scarcity, the Federal Government has deployed 60 trucks of fertilizers to each of the 36 states of the Federation with, two per Senator and one truck for each member of the House of Representatives.

Resolutions of the Senate yesterday were sequel to a motion titled, “Urgent Need to Address Food Insecurity and Market Exploitation of Consumables In Nigeria.” It was sponsored by Senator Sunday Karimi, APC, Kogi West and Co-sponsored by the Senate Whip, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.

In his presentation, Senator Karimi noted that in the last few months, the price of goods and household consumables have been on an abysmal rise in the country, leading to a high rate of inflation, weakened buying power, and general worsening of living conditions of the vast majority of Nigerians.

According to him, ” the latest data by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics shows that food inflation in the country skyrocketed to 40.66 per cent on a year-on-year basis, a significant increase from the 24.82 per cent recorded in May 2023.”

He said that the Senate is “Aware the current market price of food items such as beans, maize, rice paddy, yam, tomatoes, and onions which initially rose by about 40% after the removal of petroleum Subsidy has now increased to over 100% to 300% without any attributable reason for the increase in prices;

Karimi said that the Senate is “Further aware that although insecurity in food-producing regions, bad roads, increase in the cost of transportation attributable to the removal of fuel subsidy and depreciation of the value of Naira, are possible factors that have contributed to the increase in the price of Food items, Household Commodities, and Consumables; the percentage of increase in the cost of transportation and some under factors listed above is significantly less than the percentage increase in the current prices of goods all over the country;

Hunger looms as bumper harvest fails to reduce high food prices in Bauchi
“Concerned that the greater percentage of the increase in prices of food items and consumables in the Country is not only due to these factors but to the zest of the merchants, traders, and retailers to make supernormal profits whilst they excuse the hike in price on these factors (depreciation of the Naira against the Dollar, increase in price of Petroleum Products due to Fuel price increase and insecurity in farming Regions), thereby heaping all the blame on the Federal Government;

“Notes that there is a general attitude of “Get Rich Quickly” or “Get Rich By All Means” leading many Nigerians to jettison “being their brother’s keeper” and exploiting one another to make abnormal profits: This attitude has been justified on the basis that many members of the Political Class, Technocrats, and Corporate Elites have helped themselves with Public Funds without any repercussions in Law, Nigerian Traders have thus resorted to Price Gouging to maximize profits;

“Further notes that there are reports that Farming Communities in the Border Regions with other Countries, prefer to sell their food items abroad (to these neighbouring countries), rather than domestically(to the hinterland), thereby increasing local food insecurity; and Concludes that all efforts made by the current Federal Executive to arrest the consistent increase in food inflation have not yielded the desired results, there is a need to be more pragmatic about addressing food insecurity, curbing herder farmer crises, kidnapping for ransom, and Terrorism, and ensure the development of a viable National Commodity Board to regulate the price of grains and ensure the elimination of artificial contributions to food and commodity inflation in Nigeria.”

In his contribution, Ndume who lamented that this was the first time Nigeria was listed as one of the countries battling food insecurity, said, “In their many publications, they say Nigeria is likely to experience the highest session of food insecurity globally.

“Currently, there are four countries including Sudan and some others that are facing very serious insecurity. Nigeria is added to this list this year by the International Rescue Committee as one of the spots for food insecurity action against hunger. World Food Program also indicated that over 32 million people are expected to face a critical hunger crisis and emerging levels between June and August.

“I don’t know about some other colleagues, but there in the North, we have started seeing it visibly. This is the first time we are experiencing this level of hunger. It’s the first time Nigeria is being listed as one of the countries with food insecurity.”

On his part, the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North told his colleagues that the people are really hungry in the country, warning that patience and tolerance are both elastic, but they are not eternally elastic, just as he took a swipe at the Federal Government, saying that the government has nothing in the food Reserve across the Country and that the Silos are empty.

Lawan said, “Let me say here that patience, and tolerance, are both elastic but they are not eternally elastic. Our students are facing real, real anger. I travelled the two states last week, in the north particularly, and I’ve seen first-hand how people, especially those who are not in the civil service, nor in any business, are suffering, fighting, and struggling to have food at least once a day.

“Under normal circumstances, Mr. President, in the rainy season, from maybe June up to September or October, when there will be harvests of new foodstuff, prices escalate prices of foodstuff. Now we don’t even have that the truth. Mr. President in today’s national daily, the Executive arm of government is saying it is considering reducing or removing taxes on imported foodstuff.

” Here’s the catch. This Senate must engage the executive immediately. What are the issues? Which taxes are they talking about? Because we should be seen to be doing the right thing. We have little or nothing in our food reserve across the country. And nobody. If they come and tell us, they will distribute foodstuff from our silos, the silos are empty. So it means we have to import food. And if we have to import, it means we need foreign exchange.

“We wouldn’t like the kind of thing that we see in our streets and it is time that we take every possible action to get out of the event of the arm of government to ensure that food floods our country, the right food. In portation, the government must be entirely responsible because we cannot, we cannot take people for granted for too long. We have come almost to the end of the patience. And I think the elasticity is now going to snap if we are not careful.”

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Senator GodsWill Akpabio noted that the food insecurity followed the insecurity that had ravaged the country.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2024/07/food-scarcity-hunger-nigerians-losing-patience-senate-tells-tinubu/

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by dangermouse(m): 7:26pm On Jul 09
They will not hear until the masses takes to the streets.

Nigerians always act after the damage has been done instead of preventing the damage from happening on time.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by JAOS(m): 7:31pm On Jul 09
E don dey choke

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by helinues: 7:32pm On Jul 09
Toh

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by helinues: 7:34pm On Jul 09
dangermouse:
They will not hear until the masses takes to the streets.

Nigerians always act after the damage has been done instead of preventing the damage from happening in time.


Are some of you guys not even interested in questioning your state governors which should be the primary target

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by JAOS(m): 7:44pm On Jul 09
helinues:


Are some of you guys not even interested in questioning your state governors which should be the primary target
Are state government responsible for the fuel scarcity in the country,do they control the police ?

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Jking20(m): 7:45pm On Jul 09
Shame on poor Nigerian youths for their cowardness, shame on the political elites who watch their fellow individual thrive to feed once a day while dime and wine in luxury.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by NwaNimo1(m): 7:45pm On Jul 09
Losing?

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Ebigwei007: 8:01pm On Jul 09
helinues:
Toh
lolz, you don dey reason small small

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by helinues: 8:02pm On Jul 09
JAOS:

Are state government responsible for the fuel scarcity in the country,do they control the police ?

What measures are they taking as state governors to cushion the hardships?

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Ebigwei007: 8:04pm On Jul 09
helinues:


Are some of you guys not even interested in questioning your state governors which should be the primary target
if the father of a house performs its duties well, will the wife and children be wayward? Be wise in ur thinking.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Ebigwei007: 8:05pm On Jul 09
dangermouse:
They will not hear until the masses takes to the streets.

Nigerians always act after the damage has been done instead of preventing the damage from happening in time.

another kenya loading

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by GreenxGreen: 8:06pm On Jul 09
Revolution Revolution Revolution is the only way out for Nigeria

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Ebigwei007: 8:09pm On Jul 09
helinues:


What measures are they taking as state governors to cushion the hardships?
the fedral govt. Has to bring up a template to start with, that is why they have exclusive list.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Ebigwei007: 8:13pm On Jul 09
They have to make provision for the people, if they want everything to be okay, lets make the price of petrol come down to like #120 and you will find out that things will come down.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Justiceganduje: 8:31pm On Jul 09
helinues:


What measures are they taking as state governors to cushion the hardships?
What did you achieve today? Hurry up ok.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by VinnyBaba: 8:33pm On Jul 09
Hellanus, d Nairaland Resident Otondo don dropped his USELESS comment Toh. cheesy smiley

35yr old Boy that has refused to Grow up because he still eats Free from his Mother's Pot. sad

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by JOACHINpedro: 8:51pm On Jul 09
helinues:
Toh
grin
Your job hard sha

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by RollinTNDA: 8:51pm On Jul 09
No way
Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Righthussle: 8:51pm On Jul 09
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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by ogascomax: 8:51pm On Jul 09
That guy na deft oo, make una use sign dey talk to him.

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by fredoooooo: 8:51pm On Jul 09
Awon hoeloshi Senator...

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by jchioma: 8:51pm On Jul 09
He who has ears, let them hear! In Nigeria today, If there’s a breaking point, Nigerians have since passed it. Common sense is not common. The level of desperation in the land and kill throat is better imagined. For those asking “Who do us?” Worst still, it’s us doing us! Nigeria, we wail thee!

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Tayorshd87: 8:52pm On Jul 09
This is nothing but a pure truth but my idea was that

1) the governors we have should be held responsible
2) what are they doing with the federal allocation
3) all states have their bushes and reserve or let me say remote area which are government reserved.. Abi

Now can't they use those lands for farming ?

Why is d land wasting for nothing sake Tinubu can't see a from Abuja that's why he needs a helping handsike governors 🤔

So lastly do u mean Nigerians of snot 300mlion plus population so it's only farming or food Insecurity problem we couldn't solve and yet we want to be like america 😢


The last verse of our national anthem said

(Nigeria MAY be blessed)

Na wá the MAY is an unmeasurable verb 😂😆

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Matheusmartin: 8:52pm On Jul 09
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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Risingblue008(m): 8:52pm On Jul 09
And d annouyin thin is dt landlords are still increasin their housei rents

Meeh
The cost of feedin is alarmin i beg
But come to think of it
These speakers are just actin as if they care

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Editor621: 8:53pm On Jul 09
Fact
Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Mrchippychappy(m): 8:53pm On Jul 09
Like play like play, every Nigerian don turn Igbo man grin

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by mariovito(m): 8:53pm On Jul 09
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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by Obakoolex(m): 8:53pm On Jul 09
An hungry nation is an angry people

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Re: Food Scarcity, Hunger: Nigerians Losing Patience, Senate Tells Tinubu by updatechange(m): 8:54pm On Jul 09
Dem Dey crase, why dem no start by slashing their salaries to help the poor first then talk later lipsrsealed

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