The Joint Technical Task Team on COVID-19 Emergency Response is embarking on impromptu assessment of free and uninterrupted movement of food, livestock and agricultural inputs, as well as farmers nationwide during the pandemic and its accompanying movement restrictions.
Led by chairman of the team, Assistant Inspector General (Operations) of Nigeria Police Force, Austin Agbonlahor, the team earlier today stormed the TAFA Checkpoint in Kaduna State, and Sabo Wuse in Niger State.
AIG Agbonlahor enjoined law enforcement agents to exercise the highest level of sensitivity and ensure that foods and related items, as well as farmers, are allowed free movement as long as they adhere to necessary precautions.
The team was set up by the Minister for Agriculture & Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, six days ago, on the 24th of April, 2020. This became necessary to forestall the efforts of farmers and their products being frustrated as there has become emergency need for foods and allied products nationwide. Moreso the need to stop overzealous personnel of law enforcement agencies from stalling the movement of such items, as well as farmers.
According to Nanono, “to facilitate the free movement of food, livestock and agricultural inputs nationwide to avoid food shortages and ensure minimal impact of COVID -19 on this year’s farming season…. Numerous reports have been received by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the problem faced by transporters of food, livestock and agricultural inputs in different parts of the country as a result of the unavoidable enforcement of restriction orders.”
Source: The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development