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Government to distribute 42,000 metric tonnes of grains as Ogun State unveils N5bn intervention plans

Federal and state authorities respond to economic challenges with relief measures and support initiatives

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In a bid to alleviate the growing economic distress faced by Nigerians amid rising inflation and currency devaluation, the Federal Government announced its decision to distribute 42,000 metric tonnes of grains to impoverished citizens, as directed by President Bola Tinubu. Simultaneously, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun unveiled an ambitious N5 billion intervention program aimed at cushioning the impact of the nation’s economic woes on residents.

The grain distribution initiative, overseen by the Department of State Services and the National Emergency Management Agency, seeks to ensure that the commodities reach targeted citizens nationwide, with a focus on those most in need. Agriculture Minister Abubakar Kyari emphasized that the grains, including maize and millet, will be provided free of charge to the most vulnerable segments of society, following careful assessment by intelligence agencies.

Kyari further elaborated on the government’s commitment to agricultural revitalization, announcing plans to support 500,000 farmers in cultivating one million metric tonnes of rice. This strategic move aims to boost Nigeria’s rice production significantly, addressing the persistent food crisis.

Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun’s intervention plans encompass diverse sectors, including education, healthcare, and food distribution. These initiatives, designed to alleviate the burdens faced by citizens, reflect the government’s dedication to fostering a society where prosperity and well-being prevail. From educational grants for primary and secondary school students to health insurance coverage for vulnerable groups, the intervention aims to provide relief across various segments of society.

As Nigeria navigates through economic turbulence, the combined efforts of the federal and state governments underscore a commitment to addressing the challenges and ensuring the welfare of citizens during these difficult times.

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