The Labour Party has cast doubt on the planned release of 102,000 metric tons of assorted grains to address the food crisis in the country in the short term by the Federal Government.
The spokesman of the party’s presidential campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, in an interview with the Punch on Sunday, said the President Bola Tinubu-led administration cannot be trusted to carry out the planned release of the grains as it has become habitual for it to make promises and not fulfil it.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had last Thursday announced plans to release 42,000 metric tons of maize, millet, garri and other commodities from the National Strategic Grain Reserve.
The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, who disclosed this, said the Federal Government also reached an agreement with the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria to release 60,000 metric tons of rice.
The measure by the government followed spreading protests by Nigerians over the high cost of living and rise in the prices of foodstuffs.
“102,000 metric tonnes of grain? I doubt. The problem with this APC-led government is that they make pronouncement but won’t follow it.
“They only use it to play to the gallery without looking at its implementation and execution. They will lie to the people but won’t execute it. Even the N25,000 they promised Nigerians since last year, we are already in February and nothing has been given to the people.
“The same thing goes with palliatives, which always end up in private pockets. Today, the palliatives have already been misappropriated by one of the ministers in this particular administration.
“At the same time, this same government promised to increase the salaries of civil servants. This government is giving Nigerians ‘pain promax’ by continuing from where the former administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari stopped.
“The pain is too much and the masses are the ones feeling it. A dog doesn’t know his owner is having a party until he begins to see bones on the floor,” Tanko lamented.