The Amalgamated Union of Food and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AFUCDN) has threatened to cut food supplies nationwide if the Federal Government does not address insecurity.
A significant decrease in the food supply would have a negative impact on inflation and household income.
Muhammed Tahir, the union’s National President, stated at the end of an emergency meeting in Abuja that nothing has been done to address the union’s concerns since Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State intervened last three months in a move that resulted in the suspension of six days old industrial action.
The union went on strike in March 2021 in response to alleged illegal roadblocks, extortion of her members, and unnecessary attacks on her members across Nigeria. Tahir stated that after reviewing the concerns, the union resolved to support the onion union, which has also begun cutting off supply to the southern part of the country.
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He stated that, while the AFUCDN is not currently on strike, it may no longer guarantee industrial harmony after three weeks if the government fails to meet the union demands.
Saleh Magama, the union’s legal adviser, also stated that the Federal Government must take the necessary steps to avoid a cut in food supply across the country.
He added: “This is an emergency meeting that is centred on what is happening to our members in South-East and South-South Nigeria. This is also to brief our members nationwide on the aftermath of the three-month strike.
Today’s resolution is that we are declaring support to the various unions under the umbrella of the amalgamated union that takes steps to secure its members. For example, the onion association embarked on strike last night and as a national union, we have discussed extensively and have resolved to support them in their strike action.
As an amalgamated union, we have written a reminder letter to the Federal Government through the ministries concerned and security agencies reminding them of their previous promises to the union that they are yet to do something concerning it. We reminded the government that if nothing is done within the next weeks, we may be forced to sit and have another resolution.
“It depends on the outcome of the resolution,” the union said, implying that the strike date will be decided when its members meet in three weeks. “The onion suppliers are currently on strike only in the South, but our strike will be nationwide, including the North. We will cut off food supplies in three weeks if nothing is done.”
The union insisted that its demands were made to protect its members’ rights on public transportation and at their places of business.
The federated union said its demands to the federal government included dismantling all illegal roadblocks set up by hoodlums across the country and drafting an agreement between it and state governments to protect its members from all types of insecurity attacks.