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“As long as herders farmers conflicts continues, food price inflation will persist”, Eminent Real Estate developer and the founder of Olumide &Stephanie Aderinokun Foundation, Chief Olumide Aderinokun said this on Monday while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta.
The Akinruyiwa of Owu Kingdom and the Egba born politician, Chief Olumide Aderinokun said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress administration has no plan to tackle the issue of food inflation.
He noted, “as long as herders farmers conflicts continues food price inflation will persist.
“Herders-farmers conflicts have inflicted serious costs on the Nigerian economy in terms of loss of resources and human lives. These conflicts have jeopardized the prospects of meeting the global goals of poverty eradication and zero hunger in Nigeria.
“This government has no specific set of strategies to combat the conflicts. Its equivocation and unwillingness to prosecute the architects and perpetrators of the conflicts has emboldened them”.
Furthermore, he pointed out that Nigeria soil is fertile with a favorable weather combined with water supply, and if all these are judiciously managed, we will have more than sufficient food.
“Nigeria is endowed with good fecund land, weather and water supply and has the capacity to be self-sufficient in food production. If the right things are done, we could even go beyond sufficiency and become a valued exporter of food”, he said.
However, he urged the President to make food security a salient issue as it will lead to economic growth and good living.
“President Buhari and his team must improve Nigeria’s food security and earn the country a better position in its balance of payments, which is required to improve economic welfare and people’s livelihood.”