Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), yesterday, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for working hard to put food on the tables of Nigerians.
Speaking, yesterday, while contributing to a Bill for an Act to make provisions for freedom from hunger and the right to adequate food of acceptable quality, the right of every child to basic nutrition and for connected purposes 2016, sponsored by Senator Theodore Orji (PDP, Abia Central) Senator Tinubu commended the former Abia State governor for the bill and other lawmakers who contributed, saying the bill had come at a very trying time in the country.
She said: “The government we have at present has only been in government for about 11 months. Senator Orji should have given us an example of what has been done in his state.
“This present administration has placed priority on agriculture. It is going to take time. When we get to the committee, we are going to look at it critically. Even next month, we are not going to see but this administration will make sure that we can put food on our table.”
Also contributing to the bill, which passed second reading, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), noted that sustainable farming and food were some the major problems existing in the country.
He also stressed the need for the setting up of an agency to handle agricultural mishaps in the country.
He said: “We are talking about something very serious which is the stomach. There are so many problems in the country and part of the difficulties we are having today are subsistence farming and food.
“I will support anything that will help us with the problem. Another aspect that was not brought out well is the bill for an agency that will be able to forecast what will happen when we are not able to handle the agricultural activities.”
Also in his contribution, Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central) said: “The pride of any nation is to keep itself. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been caught in a trap.”