Northern Food Traders plan to lift the embargo on food supplies to Southern Nigeria
The leadership of cattle and food dealers under the aegis of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) has decided to end the supply blockade to the south.
On Wednesday in Abuja, they reached an understanding with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
The union went on strike last week to protest the assault on some of their members during the #EndSARS demonstrations and the latest Shasha market dispute in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state.
Initially, they gave the federal government a seven-day ultimatum to weigh up the situation and look into their demands.
The Union had requested that its members be protected, as well as compensation in the amount of N475 billion for lives and property lost during the #EndSARS protest and the Shasa market crisis.
They have ordered the removal of all roadblocks on federal highways where their representatives are abused and extorted money by security agents.
The strike resulted in the closure of all north-south roads for vehicles transporting cattle and food. Vehicles of this kind were barred from entering the Southern area.
The strike has had an effect on both sides. Food rates in the South skyrocketed, while producers in the north complained over a lack of customers.