COVID-19: FG orders free flow of food, others across the country

The Federal government has ordered States and Law enforcement officials to ensure seamless movement of essential goods, like food, hand sanitizers, face masks and so on.

In a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Public Affairs, Garba Shehu lamented the number of vehicles carrying essential goods that are being delayed at state borders.

“The reported a large number of food trucks that are being delayed at various checkpoints around the country or prevented from crossing state borders, as a result of the various curfews and lockdowns in different states.

“The restrictions of movement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply to vehicles transporting essential commodities, such as food.

“The country cannot afford a situation where agricultural products are being left to rot in trucks held at various checkpoints when millions of Nigerians across the country need food. COVID-19 or no COVID-19, Nigerians need to eat”, he stated.

Shehu then mentioned the goods that are exempted from the travel ban.

“Other essential items that can be transported despite the ban on movement as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) include pharmaceutical and sanitary supplies, personal care items, agrochemicals and agricultural machinery, electrical products and electronics, oil and gas, courier services, health supplies and protective garments”, he disclosed.

According to him, “vehicles transporting essential items must not convey any commercial passengers. Also, the occupants must not exceed three, i.e. the driver, spare driver, and conductor.

“The drivers must have basic protective and sanitary items, including face masks, hand sanitisers, and tissue paper to and from their destinations. Once these conditions are satisfied, they must be allowed to travel freely to and from any part of Nigeria”.

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