REOPEN OUR BORDERS, TINUBU: KANO GOVERNOR SEEKS FOOD SCARCITY QUICK FIX.

REOPEN OUR BORDERS, TINUBU: KANO GOVERNOR SEEKS FOOD SCARCITY QUICK FIX.

Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Monday, had called on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu to reconsider the reopening of the nation’s borders as a quick fix to rising cost of food prices, critical hunger, and nationwide food shortages.

In a meeting held at the state house with the Nigerian Customs Comptroller General, Adewale Adeniyi, the governor, in a statement relayed by spokesperson Sanusi Tofa, had decried the worrying state of dire starvation across the country.

Yusuf, who remains governor of one of Nigeria’s agricultural powerhouse states, had commended the federal government food initiative program, but expressed the inefficiency of the program to cater for over 60 million impoverished Nigerians who live on less than $1 daily.

In May 2022, President Tinubu announced the removal of a nationally benefitting subsidy program replacing it with less than £10 monthly cash transfer. Ten months later and investigative reports have shown millions of needy Nigerians are yet to benefit or have access to information about the cash funds despite claims of successful payout to the tune of billions of naira.

REOPEN OUR BORDERS, TINUBU: KANO GOVERNOR SEEKS FOOD SCARCITY QUICK FIX.

Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Monday, had called on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu to reconsider the reopening of the nation’s borders as a quick fix to rising cost of food prices, critical hunger, and nationwide food shortages.

In a meeting held at the state house with the Nigerian Customs Comptroller General, Adewale Adeniyi, the governor, in a statement relayed by spokesperson Sanusi Tofa, had decried the worrying state of dire starvation across the country.

Yusuf, who remains governor of one of Nigeria’s agricultural powerhouse states, had commended the federal government food initiative program, but expressed the inefficiency of the program to cater for over 60 million impoverished Nigerians who live on less than $1 daily.

In May 2022, President Tinubu announced the removal of a nationally benefitting subsidy program replacing it with less than £10 monthly cash transfer. Ten months later and investigative reports have shown millions of needy Nigerians are yet to benefit or have access to information about the cash funds despite claims of successful payout to the tune of billions of naira.

Experts believe such obscure cash payment arrangements are a conduit for all kinds of corruption from shortchanging to diversion of funds along channels of distribution. The government, many believe, is better off restoring subsidy and opening the nation’s borders for a quicker and more effective fix to the hunger crisis in Africa’s most populous nation.

Experts believe such obscure cash payment arrangements are a conduit for all kinds of corruption from shortchanging to diversion of funds along channels of distribution. The government, many believe, is better off restoring subsidy and opening the nation’s borders for a quicker and more effective fix to the hunger crisis in Africa’s most populous nation.

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