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Nigerians, like Nigeriens, South Sudanese, are dying of starvation, says Ndume

The Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has expressed considerations over the variety of Nigerian kids dying on account of meals shortage in Nigeria.

Ndume, equally, mentioned President Bola Tinubu had shut the door on a few of his ministers, which has led to the debriefing of the nation’s woes.

The senator representing Borno State South Senatorial District underneath the flagship of the All Progressives Congress made this identified in an interview with BBC Hausa on Tuesday.

According to him, the Federal Government has failed to deal with the problems of rising price of residing and meals shortage whereas urging Tinubu to take pressing motion because the state of affairs may result in famine and hunger, particularly amongst kids.

“We want to draw the government’s attention to the fact that Nigeria is not only facing a high cost of living but also food scarcity.”

“We want the President to intervene in the issue of high cost of living and food scarcity,” he mentioned.

He additional cited the instance of Katsina State, the place kids are already affected by malnutrition on account of meals shortage.

He additionally talked about the state of affairs in Niger Republic and South Sudan, the place kids are dying on account of starvation.

“We have seen how it happened in Niger Republic and South Sudan, where children are dying due to hunger, and we are starting to see it in Nigeria,” he careworn.

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While attributing the vast majority of the issue being that Tinubu was not working an open door coverage anymore, Ndume opined, “The major problem with this government is that its doors are closed, to the extent that even some ministers cannot see the President, not to mention members of the National Assembly, who do not have the opportunity to meet with him and discuss the issues affecting their constituencies.”

Ndume spoke shortly after Senator Sunday Karimi and himself sponsored a movement to deal with the meals disaster within the nation.

They famous that the World Food Programme has warned that 82 million Nigerians are prone to face meals insecurity within the subsequent 5 years.

The senators mentioned the goal of the movement was to attract the federal government’s consideration to the severity of the meals disaster affecting many Nigerians.

The PUNCH earlier reported that the FG introduced a 150-day duty-free import window for meals commodities because it stepped up efforts to deal with rising inflation, which had impoverished many Nigerians.

The authorities additionally expressed its resolution to collaborate with states to increase land cultivation throughout the nation.

Consequently, the federal government suspended duties, tariffs, and taxes for the importation of sure meals commodities via land and sea borders.

Among different issues, the newest directive is anticipated to cut back demand for foreign exchange by meals importers. In 2023, Nigerians spent $2.13bn to import meals gadgets from international nations.

The quarterly statistics of the Central Bank of Nigeria confirmed that the nation exported massive quantities of meals from international nations regardless of being touted because the meals basket of Africa.

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