Dr Tunde Arosanyin, National Technical Adviser, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of 70,000 metric tons of grains from the National Grains Reserve as palliative to cushion the effect of the lockdown occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arosanyin who lauded the Federal Government in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja, noted that the palliative measure put in place by the president was a welcome development by farmers.
Arosanyin, who is also the National Coordinator, Zero Hunger Commodity Association, said that the grains was to be distributed to the poor and vulnerable in the country.
According to him, this is a step in the right direction to advance agriculture despite the economic lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the fear of many Nigerians was the distribution channels and methods in view of the poor database of the vulnerable in the country.
“ It is argued that many people living outside IDP camps are vulnerable, the disabled are vulnerable, there are people below the poverty line that live in both rural and urban slums who may not be reached .
He also commended Mr President for the reduction in pump price of PMS (petrol) from N145 per liter to N125 per liter initially and now to N123.50 per liter saying, “These are great efforts no doubt by the Federal Government.”
He, however, urged the government to ensure compliance to the new pump price by distributors and retailers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to the public through monitoring and availability .
Arosanyin added that that is the only way the effort of government would have a positive impact on the citizens.
NAN recalls that president Muhammadu Buhari, had approved the release of 70,000 metric tons of grains from the National Strategic Reserve for distribution to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye and Isaac Ukpoju