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Gov Eno Meets Traders, Market Associations Over Food Subsidy Implementation

... Urges All to Embrace Back-to-Farm Initiative

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has clarified the good intentions of the government in initiating the food subsidy programme, reaffirming his determination to ensure due diligence and balancing of interest among traders, the government, and the targeted beneficiaries.

The Governor clarified while addressing staple food traders and market associations at Government House, Uyo, as part of consultations with stakeholders and strategic partners involved in the food subsidy programme.

Governor Eno used the event to thank the traders for their support towards his emergence as governor in the 2023 election and assured that he would continuously express appreciation to Akwa Ibom people through life-touching programmes and good governance.

Gov Umo Eno, traders association and food subsidy

Accordingly, the governor expressed optimism that the food voucher initiative will yield the best results in the implementation of the food subsidy programme and urged the traders to partner with the government as vendors with assurances that modalities have been put in place to ensure accountability, transparency, and adequate management of the vouchers.

He also said that people in rural communities who desire to participate in the programme can subscribe, get enlisted as vendors, and make genuine business out of it.

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He cautioned, however, that while the government is determined to help traders in the state stay in business, it will not hesitate to utilise its bulk purchase programme to crash food prices through direct sales to the people at discounted rates if traders attempt to become clogs in the wheel of progress.

SSA to the Gov on Market, Mr Idorenyin Raphael

Nevertheless, the Akwa Ibom Chief Executive reaffirmed that the food subsidy programme is only a palliative measure to help the people survive the food crisis while awaiting their yield; hence, it cannot be sustained for too long.

Then he reiterated his call for Akwa Ibom indigenes from all walks of life to return to the farm.

In her earlier tone-setting remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Offiong Offor, described Governor Umo Eno’s food subsidy programme as a pace-setting initiative and an expression of his deep concern for the welfare of the people.

Dr. Offor said the meeting was to create a platform for the people-loving governor to interact with traders and leaders of main market associations across the state as key players in the food distribution chain and chart the course of ensuring that foodstuffs get to Akwa Ibom people at an affordable rate.

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She solicited the cooperation of traders while urging them to utilise the opportunity to be part of the success story of realising the good intentions of the government.

Speaking on behalf of the traders, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Market, Mr. Idorenyin Raphael, thanked the governor for having the interests of traders at heart, describing the bulk purchase law awaiting executive assent as an unprecedented demonstration of concern for the common citizens.

He assured the governor of the loyalty and support of traders for the government’s lofty initiative of making staple foods available at affordable prices.

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