FG releases 44,656 bags of food items to FCT residents 

The federal government has released 44,656 bags of assorted food items to residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as palliatives.

The gesture was aimed at addressing the biting food shortages and bringing relief and succour to Nigerians in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration.

During the official flag off ceremony of the distribution of food items to the residents of the territory, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, acknowledged that the FCT Administration has taken delivery of 23,996 bags of 25kg rice from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

She also said an additional consignment of 9,580 bags consisting of 4680 bags of maize, 13,920 bags of sorghum, 960 bags of garri and 1100 bags of millet has been received.

Mahmoud, who commended the gesture of the federal government noted that the gesture would no doubt go a long way to alleviating the burden of food scarcity and high cost of food items on Nigerians, particularly the most vulnerable who are worst affected by the situation.

To ensure seamless distribution exercise, the minister assured that: “I have instructed the relevant Secretariat, Departments, and Agencies, SDAs to put in place the necessary security measures to avert the ugly incidence of the past when miscreants hijack the products.”

She, however, appealed with all residents to conduct themselves in a responsible and orderly manner, and cooperate fully with the distribution teams, so that the administration could achieve success.

In his remarks, the Mandate Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, ARDS, Lawan Kolo Geidam, commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his visionary leadership and foresight in addressing the rising cost of food staples and making this critical intervention possible.

Geidam revealed that the secretariat has perfected plans with the area council authorities to develop a meticulous distribution plan that would ensure an efficient exercise, making sure that the food items reach the targeted groups.

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