The Nation (Nigeria)

Kalu’s Bill on hunger reduction scales first reading

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ABill seeking to establish of a specialise­d bank to ensure food security in Nigeria, avail youths the opportunit­y to secure loan(s) through the bank using their certificat­es as collateral as well as encourage youths to engage in Agricultur­e has scaled its first reading at the Nigerian Senate.

The Bill, titled: “National Food Bank of Nigeria” (Establishm­ent) Bill 2021 SB (780) is sponsored by Abia North Senator and Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu.

Besides helping to attain food stability, the Bill, according its sponsor, also aims to reduce the number of unemployed youths and encourage youth empowermen­t in the country.

Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi read the Bill on Wednesday before the Senate, following which it was referred for second reading.

The Food Bank concept focuses on tackling hunger, reducing food waste and solving malnutriti­on through targeted programmes that seek to improve the availabili­ty of food to different categories of persons.

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