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President Buhari prompted to assent to food security costs

President Buhari prompted to assent to food security costs

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to end the delay in giving assent to the food security bill which was passed by the National Assembly 18 months ago.

The call was made by stakeholders of Abia Central Senatorial zone when they gathered to celebrate the third anniversary of Senator Theodore Orji’s legislative activities at the National Assembly, saying that the bill was very important to national development hence the president should give assent.

The legislation known as “SB.71: A Bill For An Act To Make Provision for Freedom From Hunger And The Right To Adequate Food Of Acceptable Quality, Right Of Every Child To Basic Nutrition and for Connected Purposes” was sponsored by Senator Orji, who represents Abia Central senatorial zone.

The pro-people bill popularly called food security bill was passed on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, October 13, 2016 and has been awaiting the presidential signature and seal to become an Act. It is expected that it would open a new vista on how Nigeria manages the food and nutritional needs of its citizens.

The Abia State Commissioner for Information, Hon. Chidiebere Nwoke, expressed the collective concern of the Abia Central stakeholders over the delay in assenting to the bill which would have a direct positive impact on every Nigerian.

He warned that the food security bill should not be politicised since, according to him, the delay in giving presidential assent might not be unconnected to the fact that it was sponsored by a senator from the opposition party.

Nwoke, who was a majority leader in the fifth session of Abia State House of Assembly, said that Orji has acquitted himself very well as a federal lawmaker, noting that he has been very productive not only in lawmaking but also in oversight duties and representation of his constituents.

“There is nothing that a senator should do that Senator Orji has not done perfectly hence he should be returned for second term,” Nwoke said, adding that within the first six months of his inauguration, he was rated the third most productive senator by the Daily Trust.

The Deputy Governor of Abia State Ude Oko Chukwu lauded Orji, saying that he has transcended his constituency and should rightly be regarded as a senator for the entire Abia State.

“We want to thank him (Orji) for being a good ambassador of Abia for his quality representation and for being the voice of Abia at the National Assembly,” he said.

Describing Orji as “our father and mentor”, the deputy governor noted that the Abia Central senator was behind the peace and tranquility being enjoyed in Abia today following his implementation of the charter of equity which made it possible for power to shift to Abia South in 2015.

Several speakers, including the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the event extolled Orji’s virtues, pointing out the various ways he has positively touched the lives of Abia people.

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Buhari Prompted to Give Assent to Food Security Bill Gone By N’Assembly

Buhari Prompted to Give Assent to Food Security Bill Gone By N’Assembly

Muhammadu Buhari

Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
President Muhammadu Buhari has actually been urged to end the hold-up in providing assent to the food security bill which was passed by the National Assembly 18 months ago.The call was made by stakeholders of Abia Central senatorial zone when they gathered to commemorate the third anniversary of Senator Theodore Orji’s legislative activities at the National Assembly, saying the expense was extremely important to the nationwide advancement, for this reason the president needs to provide his assent.The legislation

known as”SB.71: An Expense For An Act to Make Arrangement for Flexibility From Appetite and The Right to Adequate Food of Acceptable Quality, Right of Every Child to Basic Nutrition and for Connected Purposes “was sponsored by Senator Orji, who represents Abia Central senatorial zone.The pro-people costs commonly called food security expense was passed on

the flooring of the Senate on October 13, 2016, and has been waiting for the governmental signature and seal to end up being an Act. It is anticipated that it would open a brand-new vista on how Nigeria handles the food and nutritional needs of its citizens.Abia State Commissioner for Information, Hon Chidiebere Nwoke, revealed the cumulative concern of the Abia Central stakeholders over the hold-up in assenting to the expense which would have a direct positive influence on every Nigerian.He cautioned that the food security bill ought to not be politicised given that, inning accordance with him, the delay in giving governmental assent may not be inapplicable to the

fact that it was sponsored by a senator from the opposition party.Nwoke, who was a majority leader in the fifth session of Abia State Home of Assembly, said Orji has acquitted himself very well as a federal lawmaker, keeping in mind that he has been extremely efficient not only in lawmaking but also in oversight duties and representation of his constituents.”There is absolutely nothing that a senator ought to do he has refrained from doing completely, hence he needs to be returned for 2nd term,”Nwoke stated, adding that within the very first 6 months of his inauguration,

he was ranked the third most efficient senator by the Daily Trust.The state Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, admired the Abia Central senator, stating he has transcended his constituency and ought to appropriately be considered a senator for the entire state.”We wish to thank him(Orji) for being a good ambassador of Abia for his quality representation and for being the voice of the state at the National Assembly,”he said.Describing Orji as”our daddy and mentor,”the deputy governor noted that the Abia Central senator lagged the peace and harmony being enjoyed in the state today following his implementation of the charter of equity that made it possible for power to shift to Abia South in 2015. A number of speakers, including the state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the event, proclaimed the virtues of the senator, mentioning the numerous ways he has favorably touched the lives of Abia individuals.

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Tight borders threatening food security

Tight borders threatening food security

The Director General of International Food Policy and Research Institute, (IFPRI) says one way Ghana can attain food and nutritional security is by opening its borders and allowing free movements of people, goods and investments.

Shenggen Fan says a well harmonized free movement of people and goods within the West African sub-region will enable Ghana and its neighbours attain self-sufficiency in food production.

“People move from labour surplus region to labour demanding region so people can work in [the] agriculture sector to produce much-needed food for everybody,” he said.

“Ghana could trade [with] its neighbours, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and many countries to share what they don’t have with what they have. By doing that, the food security in Ghana, in Nigeria will be able to improve.”

He told JoyNews’ Adelaide Arthur at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum in Sweden where IFPRI launched its 2018 Global Food Policy Report that “before you trade with the Europeans, with Chinese, you should trade with your neighbours.”

Among the key factors that hinder achievement of food sufficiency within countries are travel restrictions, the latest Global Food Policy Report suggests.

It draws a link between migration and the ability of migrants to enjoy a high standard of living, noting that “voluntary migration is positively associated with greater food security for migrants and for the families that remain behind”. 

Food and nutrition security are, therefore, threatened when borders are tightened.

The report comes even as anti-immigration policies are on the rise in host nations at a time when millions of people from African and Middle Eastern countries are fleeing conflict and economic hardships.

Conservatives and nationalists in western countries often cite security reasons for cutting back on immigration numbers but according to the Director General of IFPRI, these politically motivated arguments for immigration restrictions are not supported be evidence.  

“It is not true that migrants are terrorists…we cannot use that as an excuse to close the border.

“If we close the border and people cannot move, hungry people, malnourished people will suffer in their hometown,” Mr Fan added.

What is, however, supported by evidence, according to the Global Food Policy Report, is the fact that host countries benefit as much as migrants as local economies improve.

The report recommends that farmers should be supported to migrate within counties to find alternative work during lean seasons. Also, cost of international migration should be reduced and obstacles removed to ease movement of especially, people in poor communities. 

Host nations just have to ensure they have better data collection systems so migrants are properly documented.

Director General of International Food Policy and Research Institute, Shenggen Fan

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