The spokesman to the Nigerian President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu on Tuesday, articulated his thoughts about the welfare of Nigerians following the Presidential broadcast yesterday.
Mr Shehu said this on his Twitter handle, shedding more light on how large number of trucks carrying food supplies were being barred from entering the country due to the lockdown orders in some states.
“In the light of the presidential directive during the national broadcast last night, it is essential that attention be drawn to the reported large number of food trucks that are being delayed at various checkpoints of the country or prevented from crossing state borders, as a result of curfews and lockdowns in different states ” he tweeted in parts
Mr Garba emphasised that the restrictions do not apply to the trucks moving in and out food supplies across the country. Stating that the country can not afford to let agricultural products got rotten due to the setbacks the trucks experienced during the voyage.
“The country cannot afford a situation where agricultural products being left to rot in trucks held in various checkpoints, when millions of Nigerians need food to eat. COVID19 or no COVID19, Nigerians need to eat”. He said
In his address, he further enumerated other merchadises that can be moved in base in the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
“Other essential items that can be transported despite the ban on movement as described by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) pharmaceutical sanitary supplies, personal care items, agro chemicals and agricultural machineries, electrical products and electronics, oil and gas, courier services, health supplies and protective garmets” he listed.
However, he explained that the drivers of these commercial vehicles must not convey too much passengers. He added that occupants of theae truck should not exceed three.
He added that the drivers should have basic protective and sanitary items for them to have an ease travel to and fro the country.