The Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samai’la Muhammad Mera, has called on the National Assembly to pass the Right to Food Bill without further delay.
The Emir made the charge while addressing the Voices for Food Security, noting that the Right to Food Bill campaign is a patriotic endeavour and strategic to the growth of the agricultural sector and the survival of this nation.
He stressed that the bill will take care of almost 80 per cent of the concerns surrounding food security in the country.
His Highness also assured the coalition of his unflinching support for the bill and his readiness to reach out to all critical stakeholders within his sphere of influence as a way of mobilizing support for the passage of the Right to Food Bill by the 8th National Assembly without delay.
He further expressed his gratitude towards the Right to Food Bill campaign coalition for the efforts at pushing the bill under such discouraging condition since its introduction.
Meanwhile, President of Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF), Prof. Ayoola, told the Emir that the latest World Hunger Index published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) indicates that as at last year (2017), with an index value of 25.5 Nigeria ranked 84th among 119 countries in the category of “Serious Hunger Prevalence.”
“This implies that about three quarter of its population (about 150 million people) presently suffers from acute adult malnutrition, child stunting, child wasting and child mortality, all linked to food insecurity in the country,” Ayoola said.