Lockdown: Fg’s Take Over Of Food Movement In Rivers
By Wisdom Ignatius
1 week ago
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Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers has expressed concern over the inauguration of the Joint Task Force set up by the Federal Government on the movement of food items, agricultural inputs and livestock.
It sees the committee’s operation as being in contrast to the effort of the Rivers state government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Joseph Mukan had assured that the movement of those transporting foods items, including livestock to Rivers State will no longer be disrupted.
CP Mukan during the inauguration of the Joint Technical Taskforce Team said, “This is to say that during this period of COVID-19 there are a lot of inconveniences, most especially to the citizens on their basic necessities. So the government feels that they should be allowed to function.
“Food items we all know are basic necessities of life. So the government feels that during the Lockdown which is almost everywhere, there is a need for citizens to get what they can get on the table for their families. Most especially food items, it has been clear that it should be allowed to move wherever farmers want to take their farm products.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty King (Dr) Dandeson Douglas Jaja said the move was a threat to the lives of Rivers people and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene
Dandeson, who is also the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt expressed concern.
“How would the Joint Taskforce would start operations with Rivers State without the Knowledge, collaboration and consultation of the River State Government,” he queried, adding “Rivers people are not the most malnourished in the entire country as to warrant such a hasty decision.”
King Jaja stated that, “Even if the intention was to ensure movement of food, livestock and agricultural equipment, the process could also encourage massive influx of possible bandits, terrorists and Covid-19 infected persons to endanger the lives of the people in Rivers State.”
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