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There Is Food Crisis In The Country – By Abba Dukawa



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In spite of  series of federal and state governments’ poverty alleviating intervention programs aimed at tackling hunger in the land, many Nigerians can still hardly get food to eat, let alone meet the human-designed three meals per day.

According to the report 2019  by Global Hunger Index,  Nigeria has a serious hunger problem and ranks 93rd out of 117 qualifying countries. With a score of 27.9, in recent time Nigeria suffers from a level of hunger that is serious.

Nigeria is one of many food-deficient countries in Africa, and its alarming hunger statistics.

Let truth be told there is massive hunger in the land, which clearly flies in the face of claims by the Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, to the contrary. Am sure he either not knowing the true hunger situation before ordinary Nigerians or just saying its to pleasing his Oga’s administration.

Its apt to quoted him “When people talk about hunger I laugh because they do not know hunger. If you go to other countries you will see what hunger is.Food in Nigeria is fairly cheap compared to other countries. In Kano, for instance, you can eat N30 worth of food and be satisfied. So, we should be thankful that we can feed ourselves and we have relatively cheap food in this country,”


As even the minster of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development admitted inconveniences but  Federal Government should find some means of palliatives to cushion the effects of high cost of food price.

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Let truth be told, the  costs of goods are now too high in Nigeria. The closure of borders at this austere period is so excruciating especially to the poor masses. Our local production has not reached the level being envisaged by next level government policy.  The levels of hunger in Nigeria are alarming but always  government officials not seeing the light or intentionally distorts the reality either on self survival or just to be sweet-mouths   to the number one but in simple term deceiving  number one.But I will not blame him because many of officials  do not know where the shoe pinches the common man since they live in comfort zone.

The Federal Government should find some means of palliatives to cushion the effects. Though it is what we buy that we sell, reasonably, things are hard these days.  From Bayelsa down to Adamawa the story is the same. There is massive hunger in the land, from Lagos to Kano because of higher population it has become difficult if not impossible for  residents to cost of food price  as many go to bed on empty stomachs due to  paucity of funds have combined in making many hungry.

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Let truth be told, the closure of borders has its positive and negative effects. If Nigeria must grow, we have to strive to attain economic independence. It is only that Rome was not built in a day. We need to endure a bit, though the cost of goods is now getting very high. The Federal Government should find some means of palliatives to cushion the effects. that the country is going down very fast and that the Federal Government should take immediate action.

A plate of rice sold for N100 is not enough for an adult to eat for the whole day. And we all know that food is very important, and the basic need of an average man is to satisfy his stomach first before any other thing is considered.  What we are experiencing its either hunger or cost of foodstuff has skyrocketed. Even the local foods are not cheap many people out there who can’t have a standard three-square meal. Since Nigeria’s inflation rate doubled, the country has experienced a recession.

Food is not cheap in Nigeria just two months ago a imported Thailand or Indian rice were sold at 14,000 now hoovering around 20,000 per bag even local bags of rice processing in the country is around 17,000 per bag.

Dukawa can be reach on abbahydukawa@gmail.com

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