The Nigerian government has adopted means to help tackle the menace of food price hike in the country According to the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh.
Audu Ogbeh was addressing State House correspondents after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC.
Mr Ogbeh, speaking on a background that the FEC had set up a task to help advise the federal government on meaningful ways to help tackle food price hike, revealed that the council put in place had submitted an interim report on Wednesday. He further made it known that, contrary to beliefs, the rising food price is not due to food shortage but an increase in the price of transportation.
The honourable minister thereafter informed of the government’s decision to resort to railway transportation as opposed to truck transportation. He assured the masses of the workability of the plan, pointing to the recent success of using the railway wagons to transport cattle from the North to Lagos as an example of how foolhardy the plan is.
In the new arrangement, trucks that will be conveying food items will be given special labels to help reduce the delaying of trucks by local government tax officials.