Reports of Cassava Bread Bill at NASS - FG Denies
Reports of Cassava Bread Bill at NASS - FG Denies.. The Federal Government has distanced itself from a purported Bill before the National Assembly seeking mandatory inclusion of 40 percent Cassava flour in Bread baked in the country.
Making the clarification, weekend, in Abuja, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said the media Reports on the Bill was a figment of imagination since such executive Bill does not exist.
He said: “There was no such Bill from the Executive and, therefore, no decision can be taken by the National Assembly on an executive Bill that does not exist.
“In considering the decision on Cassava bread, issues of patriotism and national pride, economy, food security and sound science must be all taken together. For far too long, Nigeria has depended on importation of wheat flour annually to feed its population, which is not sustainable politically and economically. Nigeria spends N635 billion of hard-earned foreign exchange importing wheat every year.
“And there are those who make a lot of money doing this that do not want any effort of government to do partial substitution of wheat flour with Cassava flour to work. They are working for themselves, their pockets, not for Nigerians.
“The private sector is already successfully substituting Cassava flour for wheat flour in Bread and confectionaries. UTC Plc and Food Concepts, two of the largest bakers in the country, are commercialising healthy cassava-based Bread and confectionaries.
“The flour mills and their surrogates are doing all they can to misinform Nigerians, so as to protect their super-normal profits, which they siphon out of Nigeria. They are fighting to make Nigerian farmers poor and wretched, while making farmers of wheat-exporting countries happy.
“The statements credited to some that Cassava consumption is not good for those with diabetes is wholesomely untrue, scientifically baseless and is a deliberate attempt to misinform Nigerians.
“The issue of use of Cassava in Bread is also an economic decision. Nigeria spends N635 billion importing wheat and keeping farmers of wheat-exporting countries employed, while displacing jobs at home.”
“Cassava, for which Nigeria is the largest producer in the world, is being used to produce high quality Cassava flour to replace some of the wheat.”
… as physically-challenged ride tricycle from Lagos to Abuja over bill
By Kunle Kalejaye
In an effort to persuade President Goodluck Jonathan to speedily sign the Bill on the physically-challenged, a group of physically-challenged persons has resolved to storm Abuja by driving tricycles from Lagos.
Led by Mr. Cosmos Okoli, President, Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Centre, MAARDEC, during a visit to Vanguard Newspapers in Lagos, they said they would pass through not less than 12 states en route Abuja where they would pay courtesy visit on the governors of the states they would pass through.
Okolie said the protest was designed to compel the President to sign the Bill he said had been passed into law about five years ago by the National Assembly.
He said: “The delay in its signing has stalled lots of opportunities for physically-challenged persons in the country. Our purpose of driving tricycles from Lagos to Abuja is to ensure that President Jonathan signs the Bill for disable persons in the country.”
On the safety he said police, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, medical team and a host of sponsors will be present.
to ensure 100 percent safety during the exercise.
He stressed that if African countries like Uganda can protect the rights of disable persons in their country, Nigeria can do better, adding that Lagos and other states have signed the Bill for disabled persons but that they want the Federal government to play its part.
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