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The Federal Government Distributes 42,000 MT of Free Grains to Poor Nigerians As Ogun State Announces N5 Billion Economic Intervention

The Federal Government has announced it will distribute 42,000 metric tonnes (MT) of grains from the national strategic reserves to poor Nigerians across the country at no cost. This comes as Ogun State unveiled over N5 billion in economic relief efforts to help residents cope with rising inflation and a struggling economy.

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun stated the interventions cover key areas like education, healthcare, food distribution, and worker wages aimed at easing hardship from the complex economic situation under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration. Abiodun praised Tinubu’s dedication to steering Nigeria through these turbulent times.

The federal Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, revealed at a press briefing that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Department of State Services (DSS) are supporting the free distribution of the 42,000 MT of grains approved by President Tinubu on February 8th. This will ensure targeted delivery to poor citizens most in need.

Kyari emphasised that the government wants to increase annual rice production beyond 7-8 million metric tonnes. He said 15 state governors have shown interest in participating in this year’s dry-season farming to help tackle rising food costs across Nigeria. About 1,200 trucks will be required to transport the grains.

Key Ogun State Interventions:

  • 100,000 poor students get N10,000 in grants.
  • 27,600 tertiary students get N50,000 grants.
  • 850,000 pupils receive five exercise books each.
  • 70,000 vulnerable groups receive health insurance at N18,000 per person.
  • 300,000 households to receive free rice and other foods
  • N500 million in monthly payments to clear owed worker deductions

Governor Abiodun acknowledged rising pressures on citizens due to inflation and currency issues. He said the N5 billion relief package shows government concern for public welfare during this difficult economic period, aiming to guarantee food security.

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