House of Representatives yesterday has called on President Muhammadu to initiate sustainable policies on food production.
The lawmakers argued that these policies had become imperative in view of the extreme poverty and hunger in the land.
In their separate contributions, they posited that the country should strive towards food sufficiency giving the fertile lands scattered across the country.
The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by the chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Hon Emmanuel Orker-Jev, titled ‘Urgent Need to Address the Food Insecurity in the Country.’
In his lead debate, Orker-Jev said food was basic necessity of man, according to the United Nations.
He recalled that in September 2000, Nigeria was a signatory to the 8th Millennium Development Goals against eradication if extreme poverty.
Orker-Jev pointed out that malnutrition cost global economy $3.5 trillion yearly, adding that 805 million people still go to bed hungry.
The House minority leader, Hon. Leo Ogor insisted that Section 16 (6) of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates that government should provide basic and adequate shelter for its citizens as well as its general wellbeing, should be respected.
He expressed worry that the groundnut pyramid, cocoa, palm oil, which the country produce in large quantity, had all disappeared with the coming of oil.
In his contribution, Hon Adams Jagaba argued that the problem of hunger was self inflicted.
He maintained that with the arable lands in the country, Nigeria has no business with hunger and poverty.
The lawmaker, therefore, said government should come up with concrete policies that will benefit farmers.
Also lending his voice to the motion, the House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiaila was of the view that if something was not done urgently about poverty and hunger, people might turn to eating their fellow human beings.
Gbajabiamila said the review of the constitution would afford them the opportunity to see if they could remove agriculture from the concurrent list to the residual list.
He stressed that it was time the states begins to look inward and see how they could be self sufficient, adding that the federal government already had too much in his hands.
In its resolution, the lawmakers also urged the federal government to submit its policies on food production to the House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that World Food Day is observed annually on October 16. It is a day to take action and help end world hunger. It is also a day when many people organize food drives and free meals for those less fortunate. The main purpose of the day is to stamp out hunger everywhere.
Meanwhile, the lawmakers has declared a state of emergency in the fight against poverty.
The lower chamber also called on the federal government to put in place necessary infrastructure to cushion the effect on povery.
The motion was moved by Hon Mohammad Wudil (APC, Kano).

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