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Food Strike: Northern Traders Call Off Strike, Resume North to South Movement

By Jude Atupulazi

Northern traders have resumed transportation of food items to the southern part of the country after a six-day strike. The Leadership of Cattle and Foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, AUFCON, Fides gathered, last Wednesday, agreed to resume the movement of food supplies from the northern part of the country to the southern region.

The agreement was reached when the leadership of the trade union met with Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State in Abuja, with former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, also present at the meeting.

It will be recalled that about a week ago, northern traders had embarked on strike over the alleged killing of their members in the southern part of the country. This had immediately triggered a sharp rise in the prices of such food commodities as tomatoes, pepper, beef, yam, garri, among others, with many people groaning over the sudden scarcity of food itmes.

The General Secretary, AUFCDN, Ahmed Alaramma, had said the President of the association, Mohammed Tahir, was with the Department of State Services over the blockade.

The northern traders had also called on the Federal Government to pay them billions in compensation, while the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; activist Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a., Sunday Igboho, and others, had threatened to launch a campaign against cows in protest against the development.

The resumption of movement of food items to the south will come as a welcome development to all in the south who rely heavily on certain food items from the north such as beef, onions and tomatoes.