President Tinubu’s committee meets following protests over hardship

The Committee set up by President Bola Tinubu to address the hardship in the country met on Tuesday in Abuja.

The committee, headed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, had its meeting at the Presidential Villa.

Among those at the meeting, which started at 5:30pm, after protests in Minna, the Niger State capital, and Kano, the capital of Kano State, over the hardship in the country, were the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso; and Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris.

Others at the meeting were the Minister of Education, Dr. Tahir Mamman; Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Minister of Agriculture, Abubakar Kyari; and Minister of State for Agriculture, Sabi Abdullahi.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting that ended at about 8:30pm, Idris said President Tinubu was worried over the hardship in the country.

He said: “We just rounded off a meeting. 

“It is a special presidential committee to address the issue of food shortage or lack of enough food on the table of most Nigerians.

“This is just the beginning of that meeting. 

“It is going to continue tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. 

“The government is very concerned about what Nigerians are going through, especially what has happened in Minna yesterday and therefore the government is taking some action to ensure that Nigerians have some relief in terms of the availability of food on the table.

“Of course, this meeting is not by itself exhaustive. 

“It’s just like I said, the beginning. 

“It is going to continue tomorrow and the day after.

“Now, some of these will involve unlocking the foods that are available in most of the storage facilities (National Food Reserve) around the country. 

“You know that the Federal Minister of Agriculture has some food reserves. 

“That is going to be made available to Nigerians.”

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