The Agric Minister, Nanono Sabo, has inaugurated the Joint Technical Task Team on Emergency Response to COVID-19, as need Arises to Ease Movement of Food and Agricultural Inputs Across the Nation.
The JTTT is made up of the following members; AIG Austin Agbonlahor, AIG P(Operations) Chairman, ACG Bunu Modu, Nigeria Security & Civil Defense Crops, Member, Umar Farouk Mudi, National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) – Member Responding on behalf of the Joint Technical Task Team, the Committee Chairman, Assistant Inspector General of Police, (Operations), Austin Agbonlahor, pledged the committee’s commitment to the tasks ahead and promised to deliver on its mandate.
The Joint task team is to facilitate the free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and agricultural inputs and farmer’s movement across the nation during the lockdown and 2020 farming season to avoid food crises.
Speaking during the inauguration in Abuja today, Representative, Nigeria Army, Member, Mr. Chris Isizuzo, National Chairman, Nigerian Union of Journalist, Ibikunle Tajudeen Barruwa, National President, NURTW – Member and Zubariu Abdullahi, Director, Planning and Policy Coordination, FMARD – Secretary and it’s ToR as follows to work with relevant agencies in the States and Local Government Areas to develop a window that will facilitate the free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and Agricultural inputs without compromising the security and health of the nation. To issue out clear instruction to all the security personnel in the three internal security outfits of police, civil defence and the army on the need to allow the free and unhindered movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs to all parts of Nigeria. To work with the National Union of Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), to adequately educate its members in ensuring that vehicles conveying foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs (excluding passengers) are allowed to pass and to ensure that adequate information clarifying the controlled movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs is disseminated by the media to food transporters and security personnel.