- Miyetti Allah cattle rearers in Oyo state said they have lost a whopping N5 billion to Covid-19 pandemic
- The association also said its members have been warned against violating inter-state movement ban
- Meanwhile, luxury buses owners also lamented loss worth 12 billion due to coronavirus crisis
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Yakubu Bello, former chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo state chapter has lamented the loss of about N5 billion by the association due to Covid-19 crisis.
Bello made this known while fielding questions from journalists in the Oke-On axis of the state on Tuesday, May 12, saying the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the cattle-rearing business.
Yakubu, however, disclosed that the herdsmen belonging to the association have been warned against violation of inter-state movement pending the time government will lift the ban, Daily Sun reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Yakubu spoke against the backdrop of the allegation levelled against the herders by residents of the state.
“It is really a difficult period for my people as they have never experienced such restriction and in this business, I can tell you we have lost over N5 billion to the effects of the rampaging coronavirus disease," Yakubu said.
“This place used to be a beehive of commercial activities. People would come from all over the country and beyond to buy and sell; people sell not just cows and other livestock, but personal items and household materials here. It is now like a ghost town.”
Meanwhile, owners of the luxury buses under the aegis of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria (ALBON) on Tuesday also said they have lost over N12 billion due to the closure of the parks amid covid-19 pandemic.
The association, at a press briefing, called on the federal government to grant members loans and provide palliative to cushion the effect of the crisis.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, raised concern over the spike in fear of novel coronavirus among Nigerians, saying "the panic and paranoia over the virus have become more deadly and infectious than the virus itself."
The minister, who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made this submission through a tweet on the micro-blogging platform Twitter on Wednesday morning, May 13.
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