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Obasanjo raises the alarm over food shortage in Africa

BY DAUD OLATUNJI, Abeokuta

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, raised the alarm  over the food shortage in most of African countries, predicting that, the current food insecurity  ravaging  African nations may persist unless successive governments continue with the policies  and programmes of their predecessors.

Obasanjo stated this during the his speech at African Regional Forum organised by the Center for Human Security of the Obasanjo Presidential library (OOPL), Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Speaking as a Special Guest of Honour on the  theme: “Best Practice in Fostering Food Security in Africa”, Obasanjo submitted that, the only factor that can rescue  African nations from  food crisis was  for them to  “continually and indeed continuously maintain food security” and  stop patronizing ‘cheats’ in all their policies.

The former president  lamented that,  rather than promoting food security and self-sufficiency, some government officers were fond of corrupt practices to the detriment of agriculture sector.

He however, expressed hope that African countries will get it right if leaders can demonstrate good political will that will sustain programmes and policies of their predecessors in office.


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