Friday, 28 March 2014

Nigeria faces food shortage, government warns

Governors aim to resolve clashes between farmers
and pastorialists.
The National Economic Council, NEC, has raised
alarm over imminent “shortage of food in the entire
country” due to mercenary attacks in 17 states.

The NEC is chaired by the Vice President, Namadi
Sambo, and made up of the 36 state governors and
some ministers. The NEC’s meeting of Thursday, its
first since June 2013, called for urgent security
measures to stem the attacks.

Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, alongside Godswill
Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Gabriel Suswam of Benue and
the Minister of State for Works and Supervising
Minister of National Planning, Bashir Yuguda, briefed
journalists after the meeting.
The governors said that unless urgent steps were
taken to put an end to the incessant attacks against
farmers in the states, the farmers may not be able to
return to their farms ahead of the farming season,
which could lead to food shortage in the country.

Hundreds of people have been killed in such clashes
and thousands displaced.

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