The Federal Government has said that it is keen on fast-tracking the functions of silos across the country, stating that it will commence a review of the concession of silos it leased to private firms.
The silos, according to the FG, were established as a strategic reserve aimed at enhancing the nation’s food security course, in line with its ‘Next Level’ agenda for agriculture.
Speaking to newsmen during a tour of the 25,000 capacity metric tonnes silos in Jahun, Jigawa State, Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono revealed that concessionaires who failed to meet the agreed terms with the ministry would have their licenses revoked.
In Nanono’s remarks, “I am here to see some of the silos leased to the companies and see whether they are doing the job in accordance with the concession agreement
“We will review all the concessions to see if they met the necessary conditions. If they do; we allow them to continue and revoke those who do not comply.
The Minister also informed that the facilities were designed to mop up excess grains during the harvest season for preservation and price stability.
Meanwhile, Jigawa state has restated its commitment towards ensuring that it keys into the Federal Government’s initiative on food production.
State Governor, Muhammad Badaru Abubakar assured the Minister that the state would take full advantage of the policy to create more employment for youths and contribute its quota to the nation’s GDP
Minister Nanono also had an inspection tour of the Silo Complex at the Strategic Grains Reserve in Gusau, Zamfara state, as well as the Silo Complex in Gaya, Kano State.
He reassured Nigerians that the government will ensure food sufficiency through its various interventions programmed across the country.