Feeding on Local Foods, Solution to Hardship – Sheikh Hashim Atere

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Nigerians have been enjoined to feed more on local and indigenous meals rather than sole reliance on imported food in order to survive the current hardship occasioned by high exchange rates

Oyo State Chairman, Pilgrims welfare Board (Muslim Wing), Sheikh Hashim Atere made the call while delivering the 6th Annual Shina Peller sponsored Ramadan Lecture and Iftar of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oyo state council , held at Dapo Aderogba Hall, Iyaganku Press Centre, Ibadan.

Sheikh Atere, who spoke on the topic: Ramadan: Spirits of Sharing and Caring as Panacea for Hardship hinged the current hardship on lost of interest in local foods and the craze for imported foods , hence the negative impact on the feeding pattern of the people.

The islamic scholar advised women serve local meals to their households and jettison the appetite for foreign grains and noodles so as to attain an economy sized balanced diet

He also urged Nigerians to explore local contents and services saying preference for foreign styles and designs as well as services could cause a hole in the pocket.

On his part, sponsor of the programme and Ayedero of Yorubaland, Chief Shina Peller called on government at all levels to repackage agriculture and make it more attractive such as the entertainment industry to the youths so as to attain food security and economic turn around.

Chief Peller, who represented Iseyin/Kajola/Iwajowa Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives at the 9th Assembly, charged political leaders to honour their pact with the masses in order to deliver the dividend of democracy.

Earlier in an address of welcome, Chairman, NUJ Oyo State Council, Mr. Demola Babalola, appealed to traders to deal in the fear of God by not hiking the prices of food stuffs.

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