AS prices of food keep increasing, President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday says he has approved the release of 30,000 tons of maize from the national reserve to address the current high food prices in the country.
Buhari who made this known on his official Twitter handle, explained that the 30,000 tons of maize is to be released to animal feed producers to ease the high cost of poultry production in Nigeria.
“To ease the current high cost of poultry production, I have approved the release of 30,000 tons of maize from the national reserves, to animal feed producers,” he said.
He added that he was aware of the high food prices in the country which he said was occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.
Buhari further noted that the government is doing everything in its capacity to bring down the prices of food items in Nigeria.
“We are very mindful of the challenge of high food prices, at a time when the economy is already in a slowdown caused by the global coronavirus situation, and are doing everything in our power to bring down the prices of food items across the country,” Buhari further stated.
This is coming two days after the federal government increased electricity tariff and fuel price across the country.
The fuel price increase and electricity tariff have sparked condemnation from Nigerians.
The main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the Buhari led government is the centre of harsh policies.