Food scarcity looms as Northern traders threaten to support onion producers strike

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By Henry Okonkwo

The Amalgamated Union of Food Stuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike in support of Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria that embarked on strike last week.

AFUCDN also cited alleged illegal roadblocks and multiple taxations on its members as another major reason to stop supply of food all over Nigeria.

In March, onion producers halted the movement of supply to the South-West over several allegations including extortion and attacks on members.

It took the intervention of Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi State, for the action to be suspended.

Last week, the union again stopped supply to the South-East after citing attacks on members as reason for the move.

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On Tuesday after an emergency meeting, Muhammed Tahir, National President of AFUCDN,

said the union would cut supply of food nationwide if the Federal Government failed to meet its demands within three weeks.

Also, Magama Saleh, Legal Adviser to the union, said the government must do the needful to avert food supply being stopoed.

He said, “We are declaring support for the various unions under the umbrella of the amalgamated union.

“The onion association embarked on strike only to the South, and as a national union, we have discussed extensively and have resolved to support them in their industrial action.

“We have written a reminder letter to the Federal Government through the ministry concerned and security agencies reminding them of their previous promises to the union.

“They are yet to do anything concerning it. If nothing is done between now and three weeks time, we may be forced to sit and have another resolution.”

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