The Financial Secretary Mile 12 Market, Shehu Usman, says the task force set up by the Federal Government to bring down the prices of food items is not the solution.
He said, what the government should do is to assist the farmers tremendously, by subsiding fertilizer.
He said it will go a long way in reducing the high cost of food items.
Mr. Shehu made this known on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
He however, acknowledged the assistance of the former governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babatunde Fashola for ensuring a lot of farming was ongoing in Lagos state during his term as a governor.
“The former governor of Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, ensured that there was a lot of farming in Lagos state, which easily helped the people of Lagos state to get food items at a Lower price.
“The government could have provided more food when they came in, through importation of food items before closing down the border. For me that’s why food is very expensive”. He said
F.G Sets Up Task Force
This decision was taken during the Federal Executive Council meeting, held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The task force has been given the mandate to reduce food prices in the county.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said the committee will report their findings to the council within the next one week.