Lawmakers advocate for sustainable food policy

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja.

The House of Representatives is advocating for a strong food policy to guarantee food security in Nigeria.

Members of the house expressed concern about the absence of sustained policy that would assist meeting the global Sustainable Development Goals.

A member from Benue State, Mr Orker Jev, while presenting the motion said government should come up with policy that would ensure food availability.

“The spate of food insecurity in the country is worrisome because it makes the country dependent on importation to feed her teeming population.” Orker-Jev stated.

In his contribution, House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila said it is imperative to move agriculture from the concurrent legislative list to the residual list, so that agriculture would be solely a state affair.

Before the adoption of the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun, who presided over the plenary, urged members to also express interest in farming.

Lasun urged members to try and cultivate 50 acres of land in the next one year and by that way, government will know the Legislature is committed to addressing the issue of food security in the country.

The lawmakers also adopted motions praying for inquiry into the shutting down and planned relocation of agricultural value chain industries from the country as well as the need to rehabilitate some irrigation projects.

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