By Comrade (Dr.) Auwalu Mudi Yakasai
World Food Day is annually held on October 16 to commemorate the founding of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It helps raise people’s awareness of problems in food supply and distribution.
This year’s World Food Day came at a very crucial moment of our Food history when many Nigerians are finding it very difficult to have a single meal per day, not to talk of three square meals. It is frightening that the low rainy season coupled with the cases of banditry and kidnapping especially in the northern part of the country made it impossible for most farmers to go to the farm, a situation that further worsens the already starving populace.
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The Institute for Labour Studies and Development, as part of its mandate, decided to commemorate the day, so as to raise more awareness on the need for the governments at all levels as well as wealthy individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the needy by way of initiating and engaging in mass supply and distribution of free food in the society.
It is alarming that today a lot of people go to sleep with empty stomachs in the so-called modern-day Nigeria.
It would be recalled, that last year, the Institute commemorated the day in a low key due to the COVID-19 Pandemic whereby Two (2) prominent indigenes of Kano State – (1) Late Magajin Garin Kano Alhaji Inuwa Wada and (2) Late Khalifah Sheikh Isyaku Rabiu who were legendry in feeding the needy, were identified and honored posthumously. We pray to Almighty Allah to grant their souls eternal rest.
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The third one was Hajiya Mariya Sanusi Dantata who was also identified and honored for her tireless efforts in feeding the poor.
Relatedly, this year, the Institute would like to use the opportunity to call on the government at all levels, as well as wealthy individuals and organizations to give priority attention to mass supply and distribution of free food to the needy taking into consideration the current high cost of food items and anticipated food crisis. The ongoing mass supply and distribution of FREE BREAD in Kano by DANGOTE FOUNDATION as well as distribution of FREE FOOD by Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaku Rabiu are notable, encouraging, and commendable. It is worthy of emulation. The Institute appreciates all those who assist others in one way or the other.
May Almighty Allah continue to guide and bless all those who give in His name.
Comrade (Dr.) Auwalu Mudi Yakasai, MNIM, FCAI is Chief Consultant, Institute For Labour Studies And Development.
Head Office: Block B, Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC), Kano Secretariat, Along Bukavu Army Barracks, Katsina Road, Kano State Nigeria.
Yakasai can be reach through: 08033495549, Email: info[email protected], [email protected],Website: inslab.com.ng