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Tinubu to flag-off distribution of 42,000mt grains in Niger

President Bola Tinubu | File Image

Niger State has also procured 120 trucks of grains comprising rice, millet, sorghum, guinea corn and soybeans which would complement the intervention of the Federal Government palliatives in the state

By Stella Odueme

The Federal Government of Nigeria will commence the distribution of the 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains released from the National Strategic Reserves across the country this  week with the flag-off by President Bola Tinubu in Niger State.

The Governor of Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bagot disclosed this after his meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, in Abuja on Thursday.

Bago further disclosed that President Bola Tinubu would also commission the Agriculture Mechanisation initiated by the Niger State government in Minna, the state capital.

He said that his state had already procured 120 trucks of grains comprising rice, millet, sorghum, guinea corn and soybeans which would complement the intervention of the Federal Government palliatives in the state.

The governor expressed optimism that the vulnerables would receive the palliative, stressing that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), and other security operatives had been assigned the task of distributing the palliatives to the people free of charge.

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Bago assured of his state’s readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to boost food production in the country.

“We will continue to cultivate because we are tired of collecting handouts from any other person. So we are doing a lot sensitisation of our farmers and rural dwellers to see that the only way to succeed is to go back to agriculture. Aquaculture is the next line of farming we are encouraging our people to go into,” he said.

Governor Bago of Niger State | File Image

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