Rivers Earmarks N2bn for Food Purchase to Feed Residents


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Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Government declared that it has set aside N2 billion for the purchase of food items from farmers and fishermen in the state for distribution to residents.

The State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, made the declaration yesterday when he briefed journalists at Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike also disclosed that the state’s COVID-19 index case, a 19-year old model, would be discharged before this weekend.

He stated that the state had to embark on the purchase of food to empower both the farmers and cushion the effects of the restrictions on the residents of the state.

Wike said: “The state government has set aside the sum of N2 billion to buy-off farm products from farmers and fishermen in the state. We will distribute same to residents of the state as part of the palliatives.

“We want to ensure that all yams, plantain, fish and other farm produce do not leave Rivers State. It is time for…

Source: Thisday Newspaper