The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has unveiled a 5-year food sufficiency road map for Lagos State to enhance food sufficiency in the state to cushion the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors on food security in the state.
According to the Journal of Public Health in Africa in 2019, a study done to assess the level of food security among urban households in Shomolu LGA, Lagos State showed that only 33.8% of households were food secure, 45.1% were food insecure without hunger and 21.1% were food insecure with hunger.
In a 2020 report on the Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Bureau of Statistics said Lagos State is one of the top 4 states where food insecurity appeared to be prevalent. “Households in all four states are drawing down their savings and borrowing money to cover their living expenses, which may leave them more economically vulnerable and reduce their investments in human capital in the future,” the NBS report said.
In a series of tweets, the governor projected that the growth plan is expected to attract investment to the tune of over $10 billion, from the public and private sector, donor agencies, and development partners. The question, therefore, is whether this plan by the Lagos state government will help to solve the food insecurity problem in Lagos, especially in the long run, and if the investment projections will eventually get to the common man on the streets of Lagos.
“We will work with private sector players, connecting them to business-friendly credit facilities and give incentives to improve private participation, while also formulating enabling policies to encourage return on investment.”
Sanwo-Olu also revealed that he will revamp the Agricultural Land Holding Authority (ALHA) to drive investment in agriculture. He said he will work with the North Central States for land availability. He encouraged states in the South West to key into the project.
The governor invited the general public to join Lagos in making history and becoming the agricultural powerhouse of Nigeria, promising that the next five years will be productive, competitive & transformational.
Story: Sylvia Ishegbe
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