The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed 1,760 metric tonnes of food items to Lagos State to alleviate the impact of high food prices in the country.

The distribution included 780 metric tonnes of maize, equivalent to 15,600 bags of 50 kg maize, and 800 metric tonnes of sorghum, equivalent to 16,000 bags of 50 kg sorghum. Additionally, 94,000 metric tonnes of garri, equivalent to 3,760 bags of 25 kg garri, were provided.

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During the event, NEMA’s Director-General, Hajia Zubaida Umar, represented by the Zonal Director for Southwest, Mr. Steven Adewale, stated that the distribution aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

She expressed gratitude to the President for his commitment to easing the high cost of food items by facilitating the nationwide distribution.

“In fulfillment of his promise to mitigate the impact of the current economic downturn and in line with his Renewed Hope Agenda, Mr. President approved the release of 42,000 metric tonnes of food commodities from the national strategic reserve under the custody of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security,” Umar said.

“These food items, including maize, sorghum, and garri, will be distributed to all local government areas in the state.

Additionally, 20 percent of the food items will be allocated to religious organizations, while three percent will go to boarding schools in all the local governments.”

Dr. Rasheed Macauley, Head of Veterinary Services, who received the items on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, thanked the Federal Government for their support and requested that more commodities be sent to Lagos, considering its large population.

One of the recipients, Mrs. Victory Olaleye, also expressed her gratitude to the Federal Government and Lagos State for the assistance.