Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has criticized the federal government initiative of distributing rice to poor citizens in an attempt to mitigate the impact of the petrol subsidy removal.
In a post via his X account formally known as Twitter on Saturday, Mr Sani said distributing rice would only solve a day or week form of hunger in which the federal government would have to procure another set for the needy when it’s exhausted.
Recalled President Bola Tinubu promised the state governments that, among other things, his administration would give the manufacturing sector N75 billion between July 2023 and March 2024 to help mitigate the effects of the removal of fuel subsidies.
News.ng had reported how several state governments have disclosed how they hope to utilize the federal government palliative grant to mitigate the impact of the fuel subsidy removal.
However, Mr Sani, therefore, urged the federal government that instead of distributing rice as palliatives, they should instead invest in agriculture and the farmers.
This, according to him, would solve the issue of hunger for years.
“If the Government buys food and shares it to the people, it will stop the problem of hunger for a day or week and have to buy again. If the Government invest in Agriculture and the farmer, it will solve the problem of hunger for years.