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Nigerians, like Nigeriens, South Sudanese are dying of hunger, says Ndume

Senate Group Chairman Ali Ndume has expressed concern over the variety of Nigerian kids dying resulting from meals shortages in Nigeria.

Ndume additionally stated President Bola Tinubu had closed the door on a few of his ministers, resulting in a debriefing on the nation’s issues.

The senator representing the Southern Senatorial District of Borno State below the banner of the All Progressives Congress, made this recognized in an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday.

In keeping with him, the Federal Authorities has failed to handle the challenges of rising value of dwelling and meals scarcity, whereas urging Tinubu to take motion because the scenario may result in famine and hunger, particularly amongst kids.

“We need to draw the federal government’s consideration to the truth that Nigeria will not be solely battling excessive value of dwelling but additionally with meals shortage.”

“We wish the president to intervene on the problem of excessive value of dwelling and meals scarcity,” he stated.

He additionally cited the instance of Katsina State, the place kids are already affected by malnutrition resulting from meals shortage.

He additionally talked about the scenario within the Republic of Niger and South Sudan, the place kids are dying of starvation.

“We’ve seen it occur within the Republic of Niger and in South Sudan, the place kids are dying of starvation, and we at the moment are beginning to see it in Nigeria as effectively,” he burdened.

Whereas attributing a lot of the issue to Tinubu’s abandonment of an open-door coverage, Ndume opined: “The largest drawback with this authorities is that the doorways are closed, to the extent that even some ministers can’t see the President, not to mention members of the Nationwide Meeting, who should not have the chance to fulfill him and focus on points affecting their constituencies.”

Ndume spoke shortly after Senator Sunday Karimi and himself moved a movement to handle the nation’s meals disaster.

They famous that the World Meals Programme has warned that 82 million Nigerians are more likely to face meals insecurity within the subsequent 5 years.

The senators stated the aim of the movement was to attract the federal government’s consideration to the severity of the meals disaster going through many Nigerians.

RexGists reported earlier that the FG introduced a 150-day duty-free import interval for meals merchandise because the nation steps up efforts to sort out rising inflation that has plunged many Nigerians into poverty.

The federal government additionally introduced that it desires to work with the states to broaden agriculture throughout the nation.

Subsequently, the federal government has suspended levies, tariffs and taxes on the import of sure meals merchandise via land and sea borders.

The newest directive is anticipated to scale back demand for foreign exchange by meals importers, amongst different issues. In 2023, Nigerians spent $2.13 billion on importing meals from overseas.

Quarterly statistics from the Central Financial institution of Nigeria present that the nation exports giant portions of meals from overseas regardless of being thought to be Africa’s meals basket.

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