Food Cri§is: President Tinubu highlights key outcomes of his emergency meeting with state governors in Abuja

President Tinubu has highlighted the  key outcomes of his emergency meeting with state governors in Abuja.

My administration is dedicated to evolving home-grown solutions to tackle our nation’s food security challenges head-on including setting up schemes to bolster local food production and cut out all forms of rent-seeking tied to food importation.I reiterated this commitment during my emergency meeting todayat the State House, with all 36 state governors, the Vice- President, Kashim Shettima, the National Security Adviser, the,Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the DSS, and,some ministers.

1. I have approved the creation of a committee that includes state governors and federal government representatives to explore, among other things, the possibility of establishing state police.
2. I have also endorsed the training and equipping of forest rangers by sub-national governments to protect human and natural resources

My stance is unequivocal: we must move aggressively to examine the issues raised, including the potential for establishing state police.
Following reports out of Kano and other areas about large-scale hoarding of food in some warehouses, I have instructed the National Security Adviser, the Inspector-General of Police, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services to coordinate closely to ensure that security agencies in the states inspect such warehouses and take follow-up action.
1. We cannot allow speculators, hoarders, and rent seekers to undermine our efforts in ensuring that food is widely available to all Nigerians.
2. I will not establish a price control board, nor will I approve the importation of food. We must extricate ourselves from this predicament because importation only enables rent seekers to perpetrate fraud and mismanagement at our collective expense.
3. Instead, we will support our farmers with schemes that encourage them to cultivate more food for the nation.



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