He lauded President Bola Tinubu for ordering the release of 102,000 tonnes of rice, maize and millet to address the high cost of food.
The Federal Government, through the Special Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention headed by Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, last Thursday ordered the release of 102,000 tonnes of grains to Nigerians.
Hailing President Tinubu for the directive, the Deputy Senate President said the move would go a long way in cushioning the effects of the rising cost of commodities in the country.
Barau, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ismail Mudashir, urged States and local governments to emulate the Federal Government by releasing grains to the needy in the country.
Barau said in the coming days he would distribute rice to 200,000 households as part of his contribution to address the challenge.
“At this trying period, we should all support the federal government to address the challenges our country is currently facing.
“As we all know, the rising cost of food is a global phenomenon and our country is not unaffected by it.
“It is against this background, that I implore states and local governments to distribute food items to those in need across the country to cushion the effects of the rise in cost of food items,” he said.