The Nigerian government revealed that it borrowedover 5,000 metric tonnes of grain from ECOWAS to feed citizens. The statement was made by the minister of state for Agriculture and Rural development, Mustapha Baba-Shehuri on Monday.
According to him, "The government of the Federal republic of Nigeria loaned 5,000MT of assorted grains from ECOWAS stick which was agreed to be paid back on grain for grain basis.
"Modalities have been put in place to replace the ECOWAS stock before the advent of COVID 19 Pandemic. Nonetheless, I can assure you that the stock will be replaced in due course."
He said that the head of government of ECOWAS member states decided to establish a regional food security reserve (RFSR) programme to deal with the fold crisis in the west African sub region.
"This includes keeping a substantial quantity of food in her food reserve that can be used for interventions in case of emergency and to boost food security within the ECOWAS member states" he said