Following the need to provide affordable prices of food across the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has constituted a Presidential Task Force. The main aim of the task force is to urgently consider measures that would ensure a steady flow of produce to the market and reverse recent price increases. The acting president Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, giving the directive at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, on Wednesday, February 1, expressed concern at some of the inflationary rates of food prices, noting that the Task Force will explore options to promote availability and affordability of food items to Nigerians.
According to him, the Task Force, which has seven days from today to report back to the Council will consider how to remove some of the cost-raising factors that come into play between the farms and the markets and therefore “bring relief to our people.” One of the focus areas of the task force, would be to review the transportation and preservation processes, and see how government can intervene in those aspects to bring down food prices.
The Task Force, which would be meeting with the Ag. President in the discharge of its urgent assignment, will therefore draw out a practical plan and present same to the Council next week. Members of the Task Force include:
1. Minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh
2. Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun
3. Minister of industry, trade and development, Dr. Okey Enelamah
4. Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi
5. Minister for water resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu
6. Minister of labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige
7. The Offices of the Chief of Staff to the President and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)