|Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by prof2007: 7:04am On Mar 02|
Some southern state governments and farmers have dismissed blockade by northern food suppliers, saying it is an opportunity for the South to boost its food production capacity. Officials of the states including Lagos, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Enugu and Ondo in separate interviews with The PUNCH on Monday explained their actions to ensure self-sufficiency in food and animal production.https://punchng.com/southern-states-dismiss-blockade-north-food-traders-insist-on-strike/
But Ondo and Cross Rivers states went further to take a swipe at the northern food suppliers, saying they would not beg the traders to end their blockade, which entered the 4th day on Monday. Recall that cattle and foodstuff dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria on Thursday stopped supplies to the South. Their action followed the FG’s failure to meet their demands, which include payment of N475m compensation for destruction of lives and property during #EndSARS protests and last month’s crisis in Shasha, Oyo State.
To enforce the strike, the union’s task force prevented members from transporting livestock and food from the north to the southern part of the country. Many trucks, which disobeyed its directives, were stopped along the Jebba-Kaduna road last Friday, prompting the military to intervene. But the union, at a press conference in Abuja on Monday accused the military of harassing its members. It added that it had not called off the strike.
WE WON'T APPEAL TO NORTHERN TRADERS; HERDERS SHOULD STOP DESTROYING OUR FARMS – ONDO
Commenting on the strike, Mr Akin Olotu, Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Agriculture and Agric Business, in an interview with one of our correspondents, described the blockade as a good development. He said it was an eye-opener to utilise opportunities the South had in agriculture.
Olotu said the state government was not perturbed by the development as he said it would make the people of the South-West involve more in agriculture. He said, “We won’t appeal to them to bring food to the South. If they want to bring it, let them bring it. If they don’t want to bring, let them take it away, but nobody will beg them. It is a welcome development, it would spur our people to embrace agriculture the more, particularly at the family level.
“It would also encourage promotion of food security at the family level. That is why the government has been advocating food security at the family level. You can plant in your compound. You can raise animals in your compound, so that you will reduce the money you spend on food. We are not relenting here. In a matter of months, our tomatoes and pepper would start coming out for harvest. We are working on onions too. Very soon, we will begin to grow our own onions. The only appeal we can make to them is for them to leave our forests and stop destroying our farms.”
NOT GOOD FOR NIGERIA’S UNITY – DELTA
Delta State Government argued that the blockade did not represent the unity of the Nigeria. Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Julius Egbedi, who stated this on Monday in Asaba, said, “I don’t have the full details now, but as a state, we have been intensifying all we are doing in food production. We will continue to do that to encourage more production. We are one Nigeria for now. I believe northern governors will not allow it because their people are here also.”
IT WON'T LAST LONG – C’RIVER
Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Asu Okang, told The PUNCH there was no use appealing to those blocking food coming from the north to the south as the blockade would not last long. He stated, “They can’t block foodstuffs from coming to the South for too long because if you say you are protesting and you won’t go to the market with your food, who suffers?
“That is where tomato comes from. That is where perishable onions come from. That is where perishable carrot and lettuce come from. They are at a loss. I can tell you that it is not the local farmers that are in support of the decision. They won’t be in support because at the end of the day, there won’t be special incentives that will be given to them. Nigeria has come to stay as one country and we must understand no ethnic group is superior to the other. If they decide to hoard what they produce and the Niger Delta decides to go into that kind of boycott, what will happen? Will there be fuel in the North?”
Akwa Ibom State Government said its agricultural revolution was aimed at ensuring that 80% of what was consumed was produced in the state. State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, who stated this, said, “The agricultural revolution of Akwa Ibom State Government is aimed at ensuring we produce 80% of what we consume in the state.”
Enugu State Government said it would ensure the state’s sufficient in food production in no distant future. Speaking to one of our correspondents on telephone, Commissioner for Information, Chidi Aroh, said the state under the current administration had embarked on so many programmes that encourage citizens to go into agriculture. He said, “Our government is not reactionary government, that is why we are ensuring efforts are being made to be sure that rice farm in Adani is working and our rice production is at its peak.
“That’s why we are doing a lot about Ose Nsukka (yellow pepper) and our cassava production. So we are not reactionary, we are confident that’s why we are doing the (Efi Igbo) Igbo cow project. “
WITH NO COWS IN OUR BUSHES, WE WILL PRODUCE MORE FOOD, SAY ENUGU farmers
The state chapter of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria said food blockade by north would not last long, adding that northern farmers depended on the South for survival. State Chairman of AFAN, Mr Romanus Ezeh, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Enugu, said “AFAN in Enugu State is working with both federal and state ministries of agriculture in various ways especially intervention funds to add value and boost food production in the state.”
He, however, said northern farmers could not survive without supplying their produce to the South. He said, “The blockade will not last long because farmers in the North cannot survive without marketing their produce in the South. It will make farmers in the East to grow those items we don’t have down here. With no cows in our bushes, farmers will go back in full force this farming season thereby increasing more production.”
LAGOS YET TO FEEL FOOD SHORTAGE, PLANS SELF-SUFFICIENCY – COMMISSIONER
Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho on Monday said the state was not feeling any effect of food shortage. He noted that government had also not been officially informed of any decision to withdraw supplies to the state. According to him, trailers of foodstuffs have been coming from other parts of the country into the state through Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Omotosho urged residents not to panic, adding that the state was also making efforts to attain self-sufficiency in food production. He said, “We have not been told officially that some people in the North are withdrawing food supplies to the South-West or Lagos. And you know that Lagos is consuming no less than 50% of what is being produced in other parts of the country.
“However, Lagos is preparing for the future. Very soon, we will be inaugurating the Imota Rice Mill, which will be the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. All our agric programmes are tailored towards food self-sufficiency in the future. Farmers are being encouraged; we give them land to farm and we are also acquiring land in other states to farm so our programmes in farming will not be starved of materials.
“Our fishing programme very soon will be on. Lagos has one of the best coastal beds in the world. In our waters, we have all kinds of fish that will be canned in the future. The future of agric in Lagos is great and the government is encouraging young people to go into it. So, there is no need for anybody to panic over what anybody may have seen as some people saying they will not supply food. I have not seen anything official on that. If there is anything like a shortage, I have not seen the effect and I hope we will not see it.”
TRADERS ALLEGE EXTORTION, HARASSMENT, SAY LEADERS SUMMONED BY DSS FOR QUESTIONING
In a related development, the Department of State Services has allegedly invited the President, Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, Mohammed Tahir, over the nationwide strike declared by the union. General- Secretary of AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Abuja, on Monday, said Tahir was with the DSS.
Alaramma alleged the military personnel were intimidating members and task force of the union, advising the government to avert looming chaos by stopping the intimidation of their members. He stated that they were invited by the DSS on Monday morning, and “our president is with the DSS, and as we speak, he is being questioned at the DSS headquarters.”
He stated, “Our members were being molested and intimidated. We reject what the Nigerian Army has done to our task force. We assure our members across the country that our strike goes on; we will never give up.” He regretted that the FG had not invited them for negotiation, but added that Kogi State Government had reached out to the union leadership.
Alaramma complained about the multiple taxation of their members and extortion by security agencies, including the Army, police, and hoodlums on the highways. He pointed out that before a truckload of cows from Adamawa got to its destination in the South-West, South-East or South-South, “he (driver)would have spent about N250,000 on settling security agencies.”
Meanwhile, normalcy on Monday returned to Jebba, as youths who blocked truck loads of food and cattle from going to the south, were dispersed by military personnel. Confirming reopening of the road, Prince Ibrahim Adebara, son of the traditional ruler of Jebba, said soldiers drafted to the area ensured free movement of vehicles.
AFENIFERE, GANI ADAMS, IGBOHO LEAD CAMPAIGN AGAINST COWS & BEEF CONSUMPTION
Yoruba socio-cultural group Afenifere, Activist Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, Are Ona Kankanfo Gani Adams, and the Odua Peoples Congress under the leadership of Prince Segun Osinbote are set to launch a campaign against cows. This is according to an advertorial published in The PUNCH on March 1, 2021.
The campaign which is tagged, ‘Anything But Cow Day’, will launch Friday, March 5, 2021, and is being held in response to boycott of the South by northern traders, which has entered its 4th day. The campaign themed ‘A one-day symbolic beef boycott towards terminating the cow pandemic – End COWVID-21’ is expected to trend on Twitter with the #endcowpandemic.org’ and will be streamed live on Odua Peoples Communications Youtube channel.
JUKUN GROUP DISTANCES SELF FROM BLOCKADE
Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation, Jukun Development Association of Nigeria, on Monday distanced its members from individuals who directed stoppage of food supply to the South. JDAN also called on security agencies to “move quickly to arrest and prosecute those making such calls.” While calling on farmers and other people in the Middle Belt to intensify supply of a foodstuffs to the south, the organisation faulted the group that was enforcing the blockade.
President of JDAN, Chief Benjamin Bako, told journalists that those individuals calling for the boycott of food supply to the South “speak for themselves and not the entire population of the North.” Bako said it was the duty of the security agencies to give maximum security to all foodstuff traders coming to the markets in southern Nigeria for legitimate businesses.
He said that although those calling for the boycott of southern Nigeria on food supply might have genuine grievances, “the method adopted through punitive and systematic starvation of the Southern part of the country is too extreme and dangerous for a united Nigeria.” Bako said security agencies should “identify the criminals that burnt trucks and destroyed properties in Shasha and prosecuted them accordingly.”
He said, “All Nigerians need to thank Yoruba people for their hospitality and kindness for hosting all tribes in Nigeria. So, they should never be repaid with evil. The individuals calling for boycott of foodstuffs to the southern part of Nigeria may be unaware that millions of northerners that escaped hunger, poverty, starvation, banditry, Boko Haram and collapse of almost all the extreme northern states industries are now taking refuge in the South.”
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by osamz007: 7:12am On Mar 02|
they can rot with their tomatoes
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by 143WaZoBia: 7:23am On Mar 02|
God forbid the Yoruba race beg for food.
All of you small minded people shouting block the road so trucks and trailer don’t go out. Who get time to de block road? That would be a protest that implies that the sw want them to remove the blockade but no. You will notice everybody from this side that has reacted have urged the north to maintain the food diversion to Niger.
SW’terners no just de react e pain dem.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Omoluabi1stborn: 7:24am On Mar 02|
God forbid the Yoruba race beg for food.
On their own dem go remove am
Lol, I trust our SW governors for that thing.
They can't Beg them
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by ThatFairGuy: 7:31am On Mar 02|
It's high time we think twice, farming is not only for poor or illiterates, that mentality should stop.
This is blessing in disguise. Make use of this opportunity. We have abundance of rain and very fertile land, let's wake from our slumber.
To the educated folks, stop slaving around for 50k monthly, Invest in Agriculture, practice mechanized farming and EARN BIG.
To the wealthy ones, Yours is to have the money, employ those who will work for you. Invest in Agriculture
I've never seen that person who venture into food business and failed. GRAB THIS OPPORTUNITY, REINFORCE THE EFFORTS OF OUR FARMERS. WE NEED FOOD IN ABUNDANCE.
FINALLY, WE HOPE THIS FOODSTUFF TRANSPORTATION HINDRANCE BY NORTHERNERS DOESN'T STOP ANY MOMENT, WE DON'T WANT TO BE WEAKEN(LAZY) ANYMORE.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Zenithpeak: 7:40am On Mar 02|
Food for Thought:
Do not think too highly of yourself because, no one is indispensable.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Fm2019: 7:42am On Mar 02|
Why can't the Northern group strike/protest for what Herdsmen has turned the country into or the various adoption/kidnapping going on almost every day, the earlier we all realize what's going on the better for us all. God will continue to keep His own.
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by udoakwa(m): 7:42am On Mar 02|
As usual, the North want to play victim just like an evil woman whose heart is dark
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:42am On Mar 02|
In One Nigeria We Believe.
He debunked allegations levelled against the Fulani, claiming that not all of them were criminals, adding “Just as you have in any society where there are good and bad people.”
Mohammed insisted that “It is not only Fulanis that commit crimes in the country, but it was sad that everything happening now is heaped on Fulani herdsmen.”
This is the whole truth of the matter, that some troublemakers refused to understand.
We remembered how we used to live as brothers as sisters in our darling nation with these same Fulani herdsmen.
The times we gave water and food to herdsmen journeying across the nation as they go on their business peacefully,
Just with their sticks for their cattles and kettles for their prayers.
May it never be well with troublemakers in our darling nation.
May it never be well with all evil herdsmen and all their sponsors, along with proscribed ipob terrorist organizations and any other persons, group or politicians sponsoring chaos and violence in our land.
No matter all manner of violence or chaos some devilish people are causing all over. Nigeria is ONE and that IS FINAL.
This too shall pass.....
i dont even know what went wrong along the line back then there was on angweyi that my parent loves so much in our village, we usualy call him awoli jam or awoli jampo and anytime we call him by that name he will start dancing and singing,any day my he is coming my mother usualy prepare beans and yam his favourite there was a day he came with four of his brothers and my mum prepared almost 3mudus of beans and 2 yams for em, the bound was so strong that we named him chibuzor, he gifted us two calfs.. i was shocked the day my mum called me and told me dat fulanis are disturbing our farms i asked her if chibuzor was among and she said chibuzor have been away for the past six years.. what went wrong ..
Hmmmm, this is deep and so emotional.
Most of us @MANNABBQGRILLS
can testify to this too.
This is what politics of hatred and bitterness can do to some evil people.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by bewla(m): 7:42am On Mar 02|
Olosho no they hide
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Cadamlk: 7:42am On Mar 02|
The way the northern farmers are receiving it gbas gbos from their southern counterparts is really fun to behold. Theit mindset is that the south would be on their kneels after the blockade of food supply but they failed once again
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by InaNla(f): 7:43am On Mar 02|
Amazing NEXT LEVEL!
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by MANNABBQGRILLS: 7:43am On Mar 02|
See the way the northern farmers are receiving it gbas gbos from their southern counterparts is really fun to behold. Theit mindset is that the south would be on their kneels after the blockade of food supply but they failed ones again
Please edit that part to once
, and we move on from there.
Let us know when you edit.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by BigDawsNet: 7:43am On Mar 02|
Not enough farming land in Lagos I guess
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Jackson105: 7:44am On Mar 02|
Thunder will fire any South West governor that want or is planning to beg theses cows, they should go to hell with their malnourished cow and their overfertilized food items.
We will always survive. We have arable lands and Better weather sef.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by ridwanlawal(m): 7:44am On Mar 02|
As if I care. They should use it to feed their hungry begging ALMAJIRI.
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by nextBIGthing: 7:44am On Mar 02|
Buhari again !!!
There was a country
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by GeneralPula: 7:44am On Mar 02|
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Frontail: 7:44am On Mar 02|
1. STATE POLICE
2. STATE FOOD SUFFICIENCY
3. STATE RESOURCE CONTROL
4. STATE MARRIAGE
5 STATE DATING
6. STATE SCHOOLING
7. STATE ECONOMY
8. STATE FRIENDSHIP
9. STATE MILITARY
10. STATE SEXING
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|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Boyooosa(m): 7:44am On Mar 02|
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Commonguy(m): 7:45am On Mar 02|
one day Naija go better
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by sapphiere(f): 7:45am On Mar 02|
With all these dramas, I can only say that the FUTURE would forever be FEMALE.
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by udoakwa(m): 7:45am On Mar 02|
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by naijadrivablog: 7:46am On Mar 02|
Make dem hold their food.
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by Zchi1052(m): 7:46am On Mar 02|
Who all these too much talk epp sef
Take speaks louder ...these yorubas like talking too much
|Re: Southern States Dismiss Blockade While North Food Traders Insist On Strike by OfficialGaGa(m): 7:46am On Mar 02|
Wow.... thank God say them nor be God if not dem for don go full Hitler on the South....
God punish buhari