Security operatives frustrating supply of essential commodities-Official

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo has expressed disappointment over the alleged extortion and delay of legitimately certified transporters by men of the Nigeria Police, military and other security operatives nationwide.

According to him, the unfortunate act which serves as a huge obstacle to the directives by President Muhammadu Buhari for the free-flow of the delivery of foods and essential commodities across the country to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gwarzo stated this in Abuja while receiving briefs from the Emergency Operation Centre of the Committee on Sustainable Production and Delivery of Essential commodities During COVID-19 domiciled in the Ministry.

The Permanent Secretary who also doubles as the Supervisor of the EOC said despite reporting the development to the higher authority of the Nigeria Police and the Security Task Force of COVID-19, the  complaint still persist.

“It is very unfortunate that despite the intervention and escalation of the police extortion and that by the military and other security to thier heads, the situation still persists.””This is a great blow to the noble directive of the President for a free-flow and unhindered movement of Essential Commodity across the country, but we will not stop until the situation is addressed” he said.

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