Foodsellers, cattle dealers end North-South blockade

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National Secretary, AmalgamatedUnion of  Food Stuff and Cattle Breedersof Nigeria, Mohammed Alarama; National Secretary, Northern Consensus Movement,Awal Aliyu; Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and  Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi briefing State House  Correspondents after their meeting the Chiefof Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari on the suspension of strike by the Amalgamated Union of  Food Stuff and Cattle Breeders of Nigeria at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (3/3/2021)00931/3/3/2021/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria (AUFCDN) on Wednesday ended its North-South food blockade after the Federal Government agreed to pay its members N4.75 billion.

AUFCDN President Muhammad Tahir announced this in Abuja after a meeting with the Federal Government, represented by Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.

The North’s traders had blocked food supply to the South to demand the payment of N475 billion compensation for the lives of their members and properties lost during last October’s #EndSARS protest and the recent Shasha Market mayhem in Oyo State.

The traders had also demanded the dismantling of road blocks on Federal highways and an agreement with state governments to withdraw services anytime their members are attacked.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Tahir said the government agreed to ensure protection of the union’s members and stop multiple taxation as well as intimidation by security officials on the highways.

“All stakeholders and members of AUFCDN in our nationwide strike are glad we achieved what we wanted to achieve. Since Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello begged us on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria, we agreed to call off the nationwide strike today…”

Addressing the aggrieved unionists during the reconciliatory meeting, Governor Bello said the blockade had led to increase in hardship that majority of Nigerians were already passing through, including members of the union.

The governor and Fani-Kayode, later tabled the union’s demands before the government through the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

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