The Joint Technical Task Task on foodstuff, livestock, and agricultural inputs, led by the AIG (Operations), Austin Agbonlahor, has praised the compliance with the directive of the president for uninterrupted transport of food and agricultural inputs.
The team had from early morning today, visited selected places along the expressways and routes. Prominent among which are Tarfa on the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, Sabon-Wuse in Niger State, and finally Keffi in Nasarawa State; stopping at each checkpoint en route. The chairman, AIG Agbonlahor, advised that same visits be replicated in all other routes across the country, through which such movement of food and allied products are required.
Speaking to the members of the press that went along with them, the chairman emphasised that while they remain sensitive and ensure that the relevant items are allowed freedom, care must be taken not to allow persons who are not farmers and also not working in any of the relevant sectors like security, medical, oil and gas, and media. He also warned them to be vigilant against any suspicious packages, and admonished them to thoroughly scrutinise each vehicle to be sure that illicit drugs and substances, arms and/or ammunitions are not concealed and transported by taking advantage of the directive.
Farmers are allowed because it’s farming season (raining period) and some are either traveling to places of work or are traveling to get farm inputs or deliver farm inputs. Hindering them will adversely affect food production.
He promised that this exercise will be a continuous one and complacency will not be entertained.