- A truce has been reached over the blockade of food supply to the southern parts of Nigeria
- Abdullahi Tom, a youth leader of the cattle dealers disclosed those involved in the peace deal
- The foodstuff dealers had embarked on industrial action over the alleged maltreatment of their members
The leadership of cattle and foodstuff dealers has decided to lift the blockade placed on the supply of food to the southern parts of Nigeria.
According to Daily Trust, the group under the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) arrived at the decision after a meeting with some governors in Abuja on Wednesday, March 3.
The group said they decided to end the industrial action following the appeals made by the governors to them.
Abdullahi Tom, a youth leader of the cattle dealers in Lagos, told the publication that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state was among the leaders who attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, some southern state governments and farmers have reacted to the decision of northern cattle and foodstuff dealers to stop their supplies to southern states.
Six southern states, namely Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Enugu and Ondo, dismissed the blockade, saying it is an opportunity for the south to boost its food and animal production capacity, The Punch reported.
Akin Olotu, the senior special assistant to the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on agriculture and agric business, described the blockade as a good development. He said it was an eye-opener to utilise opportunities the south had in agriculture.
In another news, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the issue of food not coming from the northern part of the country will soon be resolved.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos state commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso. According to him, residents don't need to panic over the current blockage of foodstuffs.
Omotoso promised that the state government would continue to put facilities in place to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and supply.
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