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Friday, 16 March 2018

President Buhari approves constitution of Food Security Council

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 16, constituted the National Food Security Council few days after announcing the establishment of the council.

Malam Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, made the announcement in a statement in Abuja.

According to Shehu, the council, to be chaired by the president will be inaugurated on March 19 and it will have as members, the governors of Kebbi, Taraba, Plateau, Lagos, Ebonyi and Delta.

He said that other members of the council would the secretary to the government of the federation; the chief of staff to the president; the national security adviser and seven ministers.

"The ministers to be represented are for agriculture and rural development; finance; interior; industry, trade and investment; water resources; environment and budget and national planning.''

Other people named in the council are the chief of defence staff; governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); directors-generals of the department of state services and the National Intelligence Agency as well as the comptroller-general of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Shehu listed the objectives of the council to include developing sustainable solutions to herdsmen invasions; climate change and desertification.

The council is also to appraise the impact of the issues on farmland; grazing areas and lakes, rivers and other water bodies; oil spillage and its impact on Niger Delta fishing communities and agricultural research institutions and extension services.

It will also take interest in regional and global policies and trends that bear implications for food security in Nigeria as well as address the problem of smuggling, piracy and banditry.

In a previous report by NAIJ.com, global food agencies have warned against impending food shortage that could affect 3.8 million people in 16 northern states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The agencies, which include UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP), listed the 16 states as Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Jigawa, Plateau, Niger, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa.

The agencies issued the warning on Thursday, March 15, in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting for the presentation of the results of the March 2018 Cadre Harmonisé (CH) analysis of food and security situation in Nigeria.
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