Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) for Coronavirus Disease
(COVID-19) in Nigeria, Mr Boss Mustapha, has asked farmers in the
country to prepare to return to their farms very soon.
Chair, speaking during the daily press briefing on Friday in Abuja,
stated that this became necessary to avert food crisis in the country at
a time the nation was battling with health and economic crisis.
to him, the federal government, through the ministry of Agriculture,
will make adequate arrangements to make things go smoothly for farmer.
He said Nigeria must take full advantage of the forthcoming planting season to increase the food bank of the nation.
“I also wish to use this opportunity to restate that food security and self-sufficiency remain important to our national life.
“I therefore, urge all our farmers to begin to prepare for their return to the farms as the planting season.
Federal Ministry of Agriculture has put in place arrangements for
access to farm inputs, extension and others services,” Mr Mustapha said.
PTF boss, who doubles as Secretary to the Government of the Federation
(SGF), used the occasion to announce the signing of a deal to provide
life insurance to about 5,000 health workers assisting in the fight
against coronavirus pandemic.
“I am, however, pleased to inform
you that, in addition to what the Federal Government is doing, the
insurance industry has responded massively to the call for support.
PTF has received the life insurance cover to the frontline workers on
COVID-19 for a maximum of 5,000 health workers who are employed to fight
against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The premium in the sum of
N112,500,000 for the cover has been fully paid by the Nigerian insurance
industry in line with the principle of no premium, no cover,” he said.
his speech, Mr Mustapha further appealed to “all Nigerians to continue
to comply with the advisories,” saying, “These are still the most
efficient measures that can help us manage the ravaging virus.”