Senate raises alarm over empty food reserve, warns of imminent protest 

• Each state to get 60 trucks of fertilisers With acute hunger and hardship, occasioned by the unbearable rise in the cost of food items, an angry Senate disclosed, yesterday, that the country has no food in its reserve.   Worried by the inflation that eroded the purchasing power of Nigerians, the Senate asked the Presidency to, without further delay, address the issue of food insecurity and avert impending mass action.   The upper legislative chamber also charged the government to adequately inform the general public on steps being taken to avoid negative reactions from the citizenry.   According to the Red Chamber, it is expedient and instructive to do so to avert the wrath of the citizenry undergoing excruciating hunger in the country. MEANWHILE, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed, last month, that food inflation rose above 40 per cent in May 2024 . The Senate, which modified and adopted a motion sponsored by Sunday Karimi (APC, Kogi West), warned that the high cost of food could spur citizens to embark on nationwide protests.   It resolved that the Federal Government should immediately address the worsening food crisis, adding that all steps taken to address the situation should be made public immediately.     Senators were upset that even the much talked about the distribution of fertilisers had not been done. President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, had to instruct the Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Salihu Mustapha, to disclose the issues militating against the distribution of fertiliser across the country.     According to Mustapha, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, temporarily halted fertiliser distribution for security reasons.  He, however, disclosed that there was an assurance that the exercise would soon commence. He added that each state had been allocated 60 trucks of fertilisers to be shared by the governors.   But to assuage the fear that senators, who belong to different political parties from their governors, may suffer discrimination in the distribution of the fertilisers, Mustapha said each senator had been allocated two trucks on behalf of their districts. Also, each member of the House of Representatives will get one truck of fertilisers on behalf of their constituencies.  The post Senate raises alarm over empty food reserve, warns of imminent protest  appeared first on Guardian Nigeria News.

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