Security agencies at various checkpoints in the country have been advised to facilitate passage of vehicles conveying foodstuff, perishable farm products and livestock.
They are expected to do this without compromising nation’s security and health measures.
This was part of the decision reached at an Inter-ministerial Policy Response meeting which took place at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday, 20 April, 2020.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his counterparts from the Ministries of Agriculture, Defence and Police Affairs.
The decisions taken at the meeting were sourced from the Facebook page of Aregbesola and his verified twitter handle.
According to the Minister, “the meeting was conveyed in order to facilitate free movement of food and agricultural input nationwide to avoid food shortages and ensure 2020 production season is not hampered.
We agreed that relevant security agencies at various checkpoints facilitate passage of vehicles conveying foodstuff, perishable farm products and livestock without compromising national security and health measures.
“Among other measures, law enforcement agents are to liaise with local and state government officials in determining modalities for facilitating the movement of foodstuff to and from markets during the lockdown whilst working with the framework of the Federal Covid-19 Emergency Action Response Plan”.