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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.

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.

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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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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Economic crisis: Find more ways to improve your IGR – President Tinubu to universities

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The Nigerian government has called upon universities in the country to broaden their sources of funding amidst economic challenges. President Bola Ahmad Tinubu made this assertion during the 6th & 7th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University, Dutse, which took place on Saturday.

Speaking through Professor Kabir Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented him at the event, President Tinubu stressed the government’s dedication to facilitating a conducive environment for universities despite resource limitations.

He urged universities to actively explore alternative funding channels, underlining the significance of self-reliance in the prevailing economic circumstances. The President also encouraged universities to seek international funding opportunities for research, advocating for collaborations and the attraction of funds from global sources.

President Tinubu emphasized that government alone cannot shoulder the financial burden of universities, particularly amid economic challenges and competing demands from various sectors. Nonetheless, he reiterated the administration’s commitment to providing the necessary support within the available resources to ensure universities function as pillars of educational advancement and national development.

He further urged universities to pursue innovative strategies for generating revenue and to tap into international research funding opportunities. He assured that his administration remains dedicated to supporting universities in achieving their objectives as outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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