Ukraine Extends 25,000 Tons of Grains En Route to Nigeria
By Grace Samuel
As Nigerians prepare to celebrate the holiday season, a glimmer of relief emerges with the impending arrival of 25,000 tons of Ukrainian grain, destined to address the pressing grain shortage in the country. The shipment is making its way to Nigeria from the Turkish port of Samsun.
Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey, Vasyl Bodnar, recently affirms that this grain delivery is part of Ukraine’s ongoing grain program, which remarkably persists despite the prevailing conflict with Russia. The stored grain in Turkey falls under the vigilant supervision of the United Nations World Food Program, ensuring its integrity and readiness for distribution.
During his inspection of the port and the designated vessel, the Fuat Sezgin, Ambassador Bodnar unveiled plans to dispatch an additional 60 ships from various ports as part of the expansive Black Sea Grain Initiative.
Nigeria’s ex-Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema, and the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar, inked the “Grains from Ukraine Project” with Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi, in Abuja back in January. This collaborative effort reflects a commitment to addressing the global grain supply disruptions caused by the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
The conflict significantly disrupted the global grain supply, leading to severe shortages and food insecurity in various countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. Against this backdrop, Ukraine’s steadfast commitment to providing substantial grain aid underscores the nation’s resilience and determination to alleviate the adverse impact of the conflict on vulnerable regions. As the grains make their way to Nigeria, it signifies a tangible step towards easing the strain of food shortages and fostering international cooperation in times of need.