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Yobe Subsidises Prices Of Grains For Ramadan

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 02, (THEWILL) - In the spirit of the Ramadan, the Yobe State Government has subsidised the prices of assorted grains for the people of the state in order to offer them some relief during the ongoing fasting period.

The Yobe State governor , Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, who ordered the subsidy, said the aim is to put food on the table of residents of the state, especially the Muslims who are currently observing Ramadan.

According to the directive, assorted grains, largely millet and corn, are to be brought at the market price of about N10,000 and sold across the 17 Local Government Areas of the state at N3,000 per bag of 100kg.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor on Press Affairs and Information, Mallam Abdullahi Bego, coveying the directive, said: “His Excellency the Executive Governor, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Gaidam has directed the 17 Local Government Councils in the state to procure a total of 42,500 bags of grains for immediate sale to people across the state at subsidised rate.

“Each of the 17 Local Government Councils will procure 2,500 bags of grains at the cost of N10, 000 each and sell to members of the general public at N3,000 per bag. Each bag will weigh 100kg.

“The total amount to be spent by the councils in the procurement is N425 million at N25 million per Local Government.”

According to the statement, the governor's directive was “part of effort to provide relief to people as they return to the farms for the new farming season and as they observe fasting in the month of Ramadan.”

It added that “Sale of the grains at the discount rate of N3, 000 per bag will commence throughout the state within the next 10 days.”