Nigeria Government blame #Endsars protests, for the rise in food price

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The rise in food price was addressed at a virtual meeting of the National Economic Council which is overhead by vice president yemi osinbajo.

The National Economic Council consists of all the state governors and relevant ministers as members.
The Resolution was made after a presentation by the senior special assistant to the president on Agriculture, Dr Andrew Kwasari, said Laolu Akande who is osinbajo’s spokesman.
He further said that from the presentation, the council noted that food prices have changed between September and November involving commodities in Lagos and a few randomly selected states.

He said the council also identified “causes of the hike in food prices to include delay in going out to farm, which translates to delay in harvesting courtesy of COVID19 pandemic; EndSARS protest stalled food transportation and delivery and in some instances destroyed food stores; banditry in the North West effectively preventing farmers from harvesting fields cultivated; farmers/herders conflict destroyed farm produce in some states, and increased cost of transportation”.

On resolution, Akande said, “States and FG were urged to adopt urgent measures including social protection schemes to deal with the situation.

“The FG will also pursue the implementation of its ESP -Agric plan and others to positively improve the situation in the sector.”

Akande said the council also received presentation from the Federal Road Safety Commission on the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030.

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