FG, Governors Blame EndSARS Protests, Banditry For Increase In Food Prices

FG, Governors Blame EndSARS Protests, Banditry For Increase In Food Prices

On Thursday, November 19, the Federal Government and state governors addressed the increase in food prices in the nation.

The resolution was taken at a virtual meeting of the National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The council, which is chaired by the vice president, has as members all relevant state governors and ministers.

According to Osinbajo spokesperson Laolu Akande, the resolution was made after a presentation by the Senior Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Dr. Andrew Kwasari.

Akande said that in the presentation, the council noted that food prices have changed between September and November for staples in Lagos and some randomly selected states.

He said the council also identified “the causes of the rise in food prices to include the delay in going out to the farm, which translates into a delay in the harvest courtesy of the COVID19 pandemic; The EndSARS protest paralyzed the transportation and delivery of food and, in some cases, destroyed food stores; banditry in the Northwest effectively prevented farmers from harvesting cultivated fields; the conflict between farmers and herders destroyed agricultural products in some states and increased the cost of transportation ”.

On the resolution, Akande said: “States and FG were urged to adopt urgent measures, including social protection schemes, to deal with the situation.

“The FG will also pursue the implementation of its ESP-Agric plan and others to positively improve the situation in the sector.”

Akande said the council also received a presentation from the Federal Road Safety Commission on Nigeria’s Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030.