Association Threatens to Stop The Supply of Onions to The Southern Part of The Country
The Onion Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria has threatened to stop the supply of onions down to the Southern part of the country from June 7, 2021 as they decried the non-compensation of their members, many of whom suffered huge losses in recent times following attacks in some parts of the country.
Speaking to journalists in Sokoto state during a press briefing on Sunday, President of the association, Mr. Aliyu Umar, explained that members have reportedly lost over 4 billion naira and the government under a committee led by the Kogi State Governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello, had promised to compensate their members, but has failed to keep to that promise.
Aliyu cited losses incurred in Abia, Imo and Oyo states during the #EndSARS and Shasha market crisis.
“We are calling on the state and federal government to restore law and order in the state, and we are calling on the good people of the southern part of Nigeria to live with the Hausa community in peace as we are only there for our lawful businesses,” Umar said.
“We also call on state governments to collaborate with federal government to set up a committee to investigate the incident that led to the loss of lives and property of the Onion Association members.
“Furthermore, if the government fails to adhere to what we are saying, we are shutting the supply of onion to the entire south by Monday the 7th of June 2021”.
Currently, the price of onions has greatly increased as many traders state that it is now hard to come by while those who have access to it sell at a higher price.