Lagos and Niger States Forge Strategic Alliance to Boost Food Production and Security

The Lagos State Government has initiated a pivotal partnership with Niger State aimed at bolstering food production and security within Nigeria. Governors of both states officially sealed the agreement by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Lagos state, emphasizing their joint commitment to leveraging their respective strengths to ensure a consistent supply of agricultural commodities to consumers.

Dubbed the “Produce for Lagos Initiative,” the agreement aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Emergency Food Security Initiative, aiming to harness thousands of hectares of land to sustain food production and supply chains. This collaboration signifies a long-term strategic alliance between the two states, with Lagos providing an organized food market and Niger offering vast arable land for agriculture and food production.

Following the signing of the agreement, there will be a significant influx of fresh farm produce into Lagos Food Logistics hubs for storage and distribution. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and his counterpart from Niger State, Mallam Umar Mohammed Bago, spearheaded the contract signing, underscoring the historic nature of the partnership.

Governor Sanwo-Olu hailed the agreement as a groundbreaking initiative that would benefit citizens of both states. Governor Bago echoed this sentiment, highlighting the potential for economic growth and food security through leveraging Lagos’ market and Niger’s agricultural resources.

The partnership also aims to reduce costs and enhance productivity across the agricultural value chain. Lagos Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, emphasized the significance of pre-production contracts in promoting price stability and improving farmers’ profitability. The upcoming Food Security Systems and Central Logistics Park in Ketu-Ereyun, Epe, slated for completion in December, will serve as a key storage facility for the large supplies from Niger State.

A diverse range of agricultural commodities, including staple foods, rice, tubers, beans, legumes, maize, and grains, will be produced and transported to Lagos markets under this partnership, ensuring a steady supply and promoting economic growth for both states.

Quest: Cris-Edesiri Odjomah

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