Food crisis: Bauchi moves to minimise citizens’ hardship 

The Bauchi State Executive Council has mapped out strategies to minimise the prevailing hardship on the citizens, following the lingering food crisis in the country.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Professor Simon Yalams, disclosed this at a press briefing on the outcome of the council meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed at the Government House, Bauchi.

Professor Yalams said the council was concerned with the prevailing cost of living and non availability of food; hence the need to come up with immediate intervention plans to alleviate the citizens’ suffering.

He said, already, the state government had keyed various agricultural intervention schemes to ensure effective processing of local agricultural products for improved production and warned individuals against taking ownership of government’s agricultural lands.

On her part, the Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Amina Katagum said the Council had approved the review of land charges as part of efforts to generate revenue for implementation of other development projects and observed that the review would go a long way in addressing the challenges in land administration.

Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Jamila Dahiru said the council approved the upgrade and renovation of the Special Education Centre as part of commitments to ensure better teaching and learning at the centre, explaining that, already, the state government had adopted the national inclusive education policy to ensure inclusiveness in education delivery in line with international standards.

The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Aminu Hammayo, had earlier said the council expressed satisfaction with the performance of his ministry in the implementation of the 2023 budget which resulted in the improvement of revenue generation.