President Bola Tinubu has declared a state of emergency on food security in Nigeria.

A statement by his Special Adviser on strategy, media and communications, Mr. Dele Alake noted that Tinubu directed that issues pertaining to food and water availability and affordability as essentials of livelihood will now be handled by the national security council.

Alake said “We will immediately release fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.⁣

“There will be an organic synergy between the Ministry of Agriculture and the use of water resources to ensure adequate irrigation of farmlands and to guarantee that food is available all year round. ⁣

“As a country, Mr. President has made it clear that we are no longer comfortable with seasonal farming. We can no longer afford to have farming downtime.” ⁣

Alake explained that the FG will activate land banks nationwide, which currently stand at 500,000 hectares mapped “to increase the availability of arable land for farming which will immediately impact food output.”⁣

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