Border Closure: FG to Make Rice Available at Affordable Price Before Christmas

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SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 06 – With the recent border closure in Nigeria, it is not surprising that the price of rice went up. Already, the Government has stated the conditions for re-opening the borders. However, Nigerians are more concerned about the high prices of foodstuffs right now.

To tackle this, the National Food Security Council (NFSC) will make rice available before Christmas. This council is chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Deputy Chairman of the Council, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Bagudu was on the entourage of Buhari’s official visit to Saudi Arabia, a visit in which President Buhari and Saudi Crown Prince agreed to establish a Nigeria-Saudi Arabia Council.

According to Bagudu, the Council is aware of the hike in the price of rice. He added that the government was also aware of the activities of some people frustrating the new rice policy. He, however, assured Nigerians that rice would be made available for cheap.

Bagudu stated that the Committee was taking steps towards ensuring that rice is taken to markets that can easily experience shortages. Adding that there is enough production of rice in the country, the Deputy Chairman assured Nigerians that the Council was working on ensuring the availability of rice across the country. According to him, this will make the prices come down, reflective of the cost of production.

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