The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has decried the high cost of food and insecurity which have combined to make life tough for Nigerians
President of the association, Mr. Akin Oyegbola, a surveyor, spoke during APBN’s board meeting in Abuja.
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He said: “The astronomical increase in the cost of food is becoming worrisome. Our country is fast degenerating into a land plagued with hunger. We call on government to put in place measures to halt this trend.”
He explained that the high cost of food was due to the gross devaluation of the Naira against major currencies, displacement of farmers by bandits and terrorists as well as inconsistent economic policies of government.
Oyegbola added that insecurity has remained a major concern to the association and to Nigerians, urging the federal government to sustain the onslaught against Boko haram insurgents and bandits across the country.
“The nation’s economy is being stunted and may not attract the much needed investments as long as there are these palpable feelings of insecurity in the land,” he said.
In her welcome address at the meeting, the 1st Vice President of Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Arc. Mobolaji Adeniyi, said the APBN has played a significant role in the socio-political development of Nigeria and will continue to do so now that the country is preparing for a national election.
She said APBN will thus be at the forefront of shaping the policy direction of political parties ahead of the 2023 general elections.