By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Joint Technical Task Team on Emergency Response on COVID-19 on Challenges of Movement of Food and Agricultural Inputs has said farmers are free to move their goods across Kaduna state unhindered.
State Chairman of the team and Commissioner of Police Kaduna state, Umar Musa Muri, stated this when he led members of the Committee on a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Samuel Aruwan in his office in Kaduna on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
He explained that the committee was inaugurated on May 7, by the directive of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture nationwide in order to ensure free movement of agricultural goods.
The Chairman explained that the visit was to formally inform the State Government of the existence of the committee and solicit for partnership in order to boost movement of agricultural goods in the state.
He further explained that the Committee was replicated at the twenty three Local Government Areas of the State as directed by the Federal Government.
Responding, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, explained that already the government has declared farmers as among the essential services during the lockdown.
He also said the government was committed to ensuring that farmers got fertilizers for this farming season on time in order to boost agricultural produce in the state.
Aruwan gave assurance of government’s support to the committee in order to ensure free movement of agricultural Inputs, foods and livestock in the state.