Northern traders agree to lift the partial blockade on perishable food supply to south


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After almost a week of blocking food trucks from North to south, the Northern traders have agreed to begin the supply of perishable food items to southern states, thereby ending the blockade of food trucks that began on February 25.

According to a report monitored on TheCable, an online media outfit, it was gathered that traders agreed to a partial suspension of the blockade.

“The partial suspension was made by the dealers of perishable goods,” a source told TheCable on Wednesday.

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is currently holding a meeting with the leadership of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) in Abuja.

Speaking on the blockade, Awwalu Aliyu, an official of the union, in Kano on Tuesday said the decision not to supply food to the south was not to starve southerners but to protest attacks on their members.

Aliyu alleged that some members in the south were killed, maimed and lost properties especially during the #EndSARS protest and the recent Shasha market crisis in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Stating futher, Mr Aliyu said the union preferred that farm produce go to waste rather than tolerate “continued attacks” on its members in the south.

The situation has led to an increase in the prices of food in the southern part of the country.

On Monday, the AUFCDN said the Department of State Services (DSS) invited Mohammed Tahir, the union’s president, over the decision to block the delivery of food items from the north to the south.

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