Niger begins Sale of Subsidized Grains

Niger - Sanni Bello

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has announced the sale of subsidized grain to cope with the rising cost of food in the state.

The items, including rice and maize, will enjoy a 50% subsidy.

“Foods and shelter are considered to be very important things in life. A lot of people have problems in buying foods, especially during festive periods.

“We feel the pains of our people and that is why we made it a priority to embark on the sale of grains across the 25 Local Government Councils.”

“The sale of these grains at subsidised rate is part of government’s effort to cushion people’s hardship,’’ he said.

Governor Bello announcing the measures on Saturday in Minna, said the susbsidized grains would be sold only to the less privileged members of the society, and not to those who would re-sell them.

Bello asked officials given the responsibility of handling the sale at designated points in the state’s 20 local government areas to effectively monitor the sale.###

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