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World Food Day: Nigerians cry to Tinubu over worsening hunger index

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Nigeria is facing a worsening food crisis, with millions of people begging for food. The government has been urged to act quickly to address the situation.

Climate change has affected global food production, but the neglect of the agricultural sector and a heavy reliance on imported food have made Nigeria’s situation worse. The ongoing foreign exchange crisis has also contributed to the problem, with the naira trading at a low rate against the dollar.

The food crisis has led to a significant drop in the living standards of Nigerians. Many people have migrated in search of better opportunities, while those who remain in the country are struggling to put food on the table.

A joint report by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) estimated that over 24.8 million Nigerians were at risk of acute food insecurity between June and August. This projection appears to have been exceeded, especially in the aftermath of the fuel subsidy removal and other policies of the Tinubu administration, which pushed the country’s headline inflation to 25.80 percent in August.

A World Bank report on food security issued in June stated that about 64 million Nigerians were at risk of an emergency food crisis due to rising inflation, insecurity, climate change, and other factors.

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In 2021, Nigeria was ranked 103 out of 121 countries in the Global Hunger Index, signifying the nation’s serious hunger issue.

A survey by The Guardian showed that the prices of some food items have increased by over 50 percent in the last three months, making them unaffordable for many.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported a continuous rise in food prices in August. The prices of rice, beef, tomatoes, beans, garri, yam, and other food items have increased significantly.

The food crisis is affecting Nigerians, particularly low-income earners and the vulnerable, who can no longer afford the high cost of food items and other agricultural commodities. The situation has reached a point where obtaining meals has become a challenge, and the general cost of living has soared.

Stakeholders have called for a fresh approach to ensure food security in the country, emphasizing the importance of building resilient food systems capable of withstanding the impacts of climate change. They have also highlighted the need for more intra-Africa trade in food and urged the government to provide support for farmers, including access to funding, hybrid seeds suitable for the local climate, storage facilities, and modern tools. Additionally, they’ve called for the establishment of farm settlements, land allocation to farmers without titles, processing facilities, strengthening of the commodities exchange board, and improved irrigation systems.

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In conclusion, the food crisis in Nigeria is a complex problem with multiple causes. Addressing the crisis will require a comprehensive and coordinated effort from the government, stakeholders, and the international community.tunesharemore_vert

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‘Some people have turned into monitoring spirits because of Tinubu’ – Joe Igbokwe

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Joe Igbokwe, a prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, raised concerns on Saturday about the constant monitoring of President Bola Tinubu. Igbokwe claimed that some individuals have resorted to witchcraft and “monitoring spirits” to keep an eye on Tinubu.

He explained that these individuals are observing Tinubu closely to catch any mistakes or mishaps, wherever he goes. Posting on his Facebook page, Igbokwe predicted that this scrutiny will persist for the next eight years.

He wrote: “Some people have turned to monitoring spirits. They follow PBAT anywhere he goes to see if he will make mistakes, if he will fall down, or if he will be received very well in any country he goes to. This is witchcraft and they will do this for 8 years. Mark this.”

Tinubu had a slip during the Democracy Day celebration at Eagles Square on June 12. Addressing the incident later at a Democracy Day dinner at the Presidential Villa, the President commented: “Early this morning, I had a swagger and it’s on social media. They’re confused about whether I was doing bugger or babariga.

“But it is a day to celebrate democracy. Why doing dobale on the day? I’m a traditional Yoruba boy. I did my dobale.”

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‘We’re still owed salaries in Abia State University’ – ASUU

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The Abia State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that many of its members did not receive their April and May salaries, and those who were paid had deductions from their salaries. ASUU Chairperson Chidi Mbah and Secretary Victor Obisike stated that despite announcements from the Abia government and social media reports indicating that salaries had been settled, only a few staff members with accounts at commercial banks received their April salaries, and even fewer received their May salaries.

The ASUU leaders highlighted that this inconsistency in salary payments and deductions has caused financial difficulties, anxiety, and uncertainty among the affected staff. They noted that staff members who did receive their April or May salaries experienced unexplained deductions ranging from N8,000 to N53,000.

This irregular payment system has made it difficult for the unions within the university to determine the status of their check-off dues, which are usually deducted at the source. Additionally, ASUU emphasized that 11 months of outstanding salary arrears remain unpaid, despite repeated assurances from the government.

ASUU expressed its support for Governor Alex Otti’s efforts to improve Abia State University but urged government officials to avoid politicizing the salary payment issue. They appealed to the state government to promptly address the concerns raised and ensure that all outstanding salaries, including the arrears, are paid in full to alleviate the financial hardships faced by the university staff.

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Sanusi: Ado Bayero was never Emir of Kano – Gov Yusuf’s spokesman

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Sanusi Bature, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State, has asserted that Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. According to Bature, former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje appointed Bayero as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city.

During an appearance on Arise Television, Bature explained that Ganduje’s appointment of Bayero as emir was part of a political maneuver that compromised the integrity of the historic Kano Emirate, which predates Nigeria and its constitution by over a thousand years.

Bature stated: “The governor’s action was intended to protect the emirate’s integrity as an institution. The Emirate of Kano has a history that predates Nigeria, with people living under a single Emir for over a thousand years. Ganduje’s administration politicized this history, which Yusuf promised to rectify during his campaign to restore the emirate’s lost glory.”

He further remarked, “This is not the first time an Emir has been deposed; Ganduje did it, and Sanusi left Kano for peace to prevail. Now Sanusi has returned to Kano after the law was repealed.”

Clarifying Bayero’s status, Bature said, “Aminu Ado Bayero was never the Emir of Kano. He was appointed as the Emir of the eight metropolitan local governments of Kano city. With the revision of the law under a unified Kano, the emirate Bayero served no longer exists. He was the Emir of the Kano city emirate, not the entire 44 local governments of Kano, a status created by Ganduje’s 2019 Emirate law.”

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Governor Yusuf deposed Ado Bayero and reinstated Muhammed Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Despite this, Ado Bayero has refused to leave his Nassarawa palace and has challenged the state government’s action in court.

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