Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum, has stated that the current palliative measures rolled out by President Bola Tinubu will not solve problem of food insecurity, and other challenges across the country.
Zulum disclosed while speaking during the assumption of office by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, and Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari and Senator Aliyu Abdullahi respectively.
The Borno governor, disclosed that the palliatives are short term solutions, saying that government must look for a medium and long-term solutions, to solve the issue of food security in the country.
“It is clear that palliatives will never solve our problems because these are shorter terms solutions, we must look for medium and longer-term solutions that would address insecurity, food insecurity in Nigeria.
“Therefore, the only alternative we have is to invest in commercial agriculture, modern agriculture, irrigated agriculture, green technology, emerging technology, harvesting rain water, and among others.
“That is the only solution. Our population is growing in quick geometric direction while our food supply is dwindling, and unless something is quickly done we will never get rid of these problems.
“Therefore, it is my sincere hope that the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security and indeed the technocrats that are here to put heads together with a view of repositioning the nation’s industry,” governor Zulum said.
He however expressed hope that with the expansive land mass Nigeria has, with enough water bodies, the Ministry will take the challenge to ensure food security, including the availability of food in large quantities and quality in the country.