BREAKING: Northern Onion Marketers to Stop Supply to Southern Nigeria
The association of Onions Producers, Processors, and Marketers of Nigeria (OPMAN) has threatened to stop the supplying of onion to the entire Southern part of Nigeria.
According to the group, the embargo on the supply would not be lifted unless certain conditions laid down by the association are met.
The association disclosed that about N4.5 billion worth of onions and properties were destroyed by suspected hoodlums across southern states in the last few months in addition to the loss of lives of members of the association without any compensation.
The onion is a staple of every major cuisine in Nigeria.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the national president of the association, Alhaji Aliyu Isa, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Sokoto. He called on state governors to urgently collaborate with the federal government to set up a committee to look into the root causes of the numerous attacks on members of the association.
He however said if the government failed to adhere to the demands of the association, “We are shutting down the supply of Onions to the entire south by Monday, June 7, 2021. There will be no truck that will off-load onions by 12midnight of Friday 11th June 2021.”
Daily Trust gathered that one of OPMAN’s demands was that its members who had suffered losses as a result of the crises in the south must be duly compensated.
Others include restoration of law and orders in those areas as well as a thorough investigation to uncover the remote causes of those attacks on their members.
OPMAN also called on the host communities to respect the constitutional rights of northern traders in their respective states.