To address the scarcity and food shortages within Niger State, Governor Mohammed Bago has implemented a ban on the sale and distribution of food items and farm produce in bulk from the state to other Nigerian states.
During a press briefing, Governor Bago emphasized that the sale of food items in large quantities has contributed to the scarcity and food insecurity experienced within the state.
The governor stated, “Trucks that come to purchase or transport foodstuffs from our villages in bulk should be halted for the time being. We have prohibited mass purchases from our local markets and all our local governments, effective immediately.”
He further added, “Anyone found engaging in such activities will have their trucks confiscated, and the food will be distributed to the people. We have granted certain security agencies the authority to carry out this action.”
This decision comes in response to the economic hardships faced by Nigerians, as the devaluation of the Naira has led to a significant increase in the cost of food items nationwide, exacerbating the challenges faced by individuals and communities.
By implementing this ban and enforcing the confiscation of foodstuff-carrying trucks, the Niger State government aims to ensure the availability of essential food items within the state and alleviate the hardship experienced by its residents.