NORTHERN ELDERS WARN ON RISING FOOD COST

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NORTHERN ELDERS WARN ON RISING FOOD COST

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has said that the current soaring food cost if unchecked will pose a significant threat to the well-being of Nigerians.

NEF said the cost of living has been steadily increasing, particularly regarding food prices, leading to widespread hunger and malnourishment. This alarming situation demands immediate attention and action from the government.

A statement signed by the Director Publicity and Advocacy of NEF, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said it is disheartening to witness the disconnect between the reality on the ground and the actions, or lack thereof, of the leaders.

NEF said while millions of Nigerians are struggling to put food on the table and make ends meet, those in power seem to be living in isolation or denial.

“The consequences of this unchecked rise in inflation are devastating for ordinary Nigerians. Families are finding it increasingly difficult to afford basic necessities, as the prices of essential commodities such as rice, beans, and cooking oil continue to skyrocket.

“This dire situation has resulted in a rise in malnutrition, particularly among children, as families are forced to prioritize their limited resources.

“Moreover, the impact of inflation extends beyond the realm of food prices. Small businesses are struggling to survive as the cost of raw materials and transportation continues to rise.

“Unemployment rates are soaring as companies are unable to sustain their operations amidst mounting expenses. This vicious cycle of inflation and economic decline is pushing our nation further into poverty and despair.

“In light of these challenges, we demand urgent measures from the government to address this crisis before it plunges the nation into greater conflict and chaos. The welfare of its citizens must be prioritized, and policies must be implemented to alleviate the burden of inflation.

“This includes increasing agricultural productivity, investing in infrastructure to reduce transportation costs, and implementing social safety nets to support the most vulnerable members of society”, the statement said.

Furthermore , NEF said it is imperative that the government takes decisive steps to curb corruption and wasteful spending.

The Northern Elders noted that the mismanagement of public funds only exacerbates the inflationary pressure and erodes the trust of the people.

“Transparency and accountability must be upheld at all levels of government to restore confidence in our leadership.

“The unchecked rise in inflation in Nigeria is a pressing issue that demands immediate attention and action. The government must acknowledge the suffering of its citizens and implement effective policies to alleviate the burden of inflation.“By prioritizing the welfare of its people, curbing corruption, and promoting transparency, Nigeria can overcome this crisis and pave the way for a brighter future. It is time for our leaders to rise to the occasion and address the challenges facing our nation”, the statement added.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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