President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday ordered the distribution of 150 trucks of rice seized by Nigeria Customs Service to the 36 states of the federation in a bid to cushion the effect of the coronavirus.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at a briefing in Abuja, said the seized trucks of rice had been handed over to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management for onward distributions to Nigerians.
The press briefing was put together by the government to intimate Nigerians on the fiscal stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic and oil prices fiscal shock.
Ahmed added that the President had also approved the distribution of grains from strategic grain reserves across the country.
“In addition, President Buhari also approved the reduction of the price of fertilizer from N5,500 to N5,000 per bag to support the farmers at this critical period,” she stated.
She said more measures would be taken to provide broader benefits to the citizens.
Frontpage February 25, 2020