Northern traders to resume movement of food items to South

Cattle and foodstuff traders in northern Nigeria have agreed to resume transportation of food items to the south.

MOUTHED Blog learnt the group under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria reached an agreement at a meeting with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Wednesday.

A former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, attended the meeting.

The union went on strike last week asking the government to pay compensation to its members that were recently attacked and ensure their protection.

It demanded the payment of N475 billion compensation for lives of members and properties lost during the #EndSARS protest and Shasa market chaos.

Also, the group demanded that the government should order the dismantling of all road blocks on federal highways

The strike forced prices of onions, tomatoes, and beef to rise in several cities in southern Nigeria.

At the popular Mile 12 market in Lagos, this newspaper observed Tuesday that meat sellers across the market were largely absent and there was scarcity of tomatoes, pepper and some other food items brought from the northern part of the country.

When MOUTHED Blog‘ reporter visited the market, the few available tomatoes traders were besieged by a crowd of desperate buyers haggling prices.

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